UN, Somali factions meet on 'roadmap' for country's development
November 26, 2011 02:35 pm EST
Unrest, Conflicts And War, Conflict, Politics, Constitution, Unrest, Conflicts And War, Conflict
Representatives from Somalia's Transitional Federal Government and other political factions met Saturday with an envoy from the United Nations Political office for Somalia to continuing developing a roadmap for the future of the country.
UN representative Augustine Mahiga called for the participants to combine "all their efforts working for peace" during a National Consultative meeting in the Puntland capital of Garowe to start the third phase of the roadmap.
In addition to government officials, representative from the semi-autonomous states of Puntland and Galmudg also met with Mahiga, as well as officials from the moderate Islamic group Ahlu Sunna Wal-Jama’a.
“The meeting will discuss on the draft constitution and I am hereby call for the participants for uniting their attitude towards it in order to achieve a national constitution,“ Mahiga added.
Meanwhile, opponents of the UN-sponsored talks gathered in Mogadishu in a meeting organized by the United Hawiya Traditional Council (HTC).
The Hawiya clan is dominant in the southern parts of the country.
Mohamed Hasan Hadd, chairman of the Hawiya Traditional Council, denounced the UN meeting as a “conspiracy against Hawiya clan.”
“Hawiya clan should unite for his rights and this UN is not responsive to our calls to achieve our rights," he claimed.
A spokesman of the council also described the meeting as doing nothing for certain Somali clans.
“What Mahiga is doing is to create hostilities among Somali clans and we are calling for the United Nations sending a fact finding mission to Somalia to assess the situation,” said Ahmed Diriye, an HTC spokesman.
No officials from the Somali government or the UN's political office released any comments on the HTC claims.
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