IGAD to meet in Addis Ababa over Somalia

Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) – Defence ministers a-nd army chiefs of staff of member states of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) meet here 26-27 January, on the sidelines of the 8th African Union (AU) Summit, to discuss the Somali crisis.
The meeting by the regional conflict resolution organ comes hot on the heels of AU's decision to deploy a peacekeeping force in Somalia, after Somali government forces and Ethiopian army routed the Union of Islamic Courts from the country.
IGAD, which groups 7 countries- Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Somalia, has mediated the Somali crisis holding talks that culminated in the setting-up of the transitional federal government of Somalia in 2004 in Nairobi, Kenya.
But efforts to establish peace in Somalia have been undermined by lack of established institution, including an army, IGAD is currently negotiating with other African states to contribute troops to the proposed 8,000 strong AU peacekeeping forces for Somalia.

24 january 2007 17:29:00

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