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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 25 February, 2003, 15:52 GMT
New Somali talks crisis
Delegates at Somali peace talks
Hopes were high when the talks began

The Transitional National Government delegation from Mogadishu has decided not to participate in the second phase of the Somali peace talks which have opened in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

The delegation says it will however remain at the deliberations.

It says that it was not consulted nor has their delegation been given adequate accommodation for the talks.

The talks were moved earlier this month from the north-western town of Eldoret to the outskirts of Nairobi after mediators complained that delegates had run up huge hotel bills.

The venue was then switched again when delegates complained about wild pigs running about at the proposed venue.

Warlords allied to the TNG have protested in recent days over the influence wielded by Ethiopia which is one of the mediators.

Boycott

Many key warlords have already pulled out prompting speculation that the talks are near collapse.

Of those who signed a ceasefire accord in October, fewer than half were present at Tuesday's session.

BOYCOTTING TALKS
Musa Sidi Yalahow
Omar Finish
Osman Ali Atto
Jama Ali Jama
But Kenyan mediator Bethwell Kiplagat is remaining upbeat.

"We are here to establish a united Somalia, a peaceful and prosperous nation through reconciliation," he told the opening session of the conference.

Somalia has not had a recognised central government since dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted in January 1991.

More than a dozen attempts to broker peace in Somalia since then have failed.




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