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Mr Bethwell Kapligat.

ELDORET,KENYA JAN 21 2003- Shirkii dib u heshiisiinta soomaalida uga socdey magaalada Eldoret ee dalka Kenya ayaa galay dar dar cusub iyadoo uu wiigan bilaabmi doono wejigii sadexaad ee shirka kaasoo uu gudoomin doono gudoomiyaha cusub ee xilka lagu wareejiyey Mr Bethwell Kapligat ,ninkaasoo lagu bedelay Gudoomiyahii hore ee shirka Mr Mwangale oo qaar ka mid ah hogaamiyayaasha soomaalida ee ka qayb galaya shirka ay ku eedeeyeen in aanu wax khibrad ah u lahayn dib u heshiisiinta soomalida iyo inuu weliba u dhaqmayo sidii nin diktatoor ah oo aan figradahooda dhegaysanaynin,in ka badan ilaa 700 oo ka mid ah ergada shirka ka qayb qaadanaysa ayaa shir jaraa,id oo ay qabteen waxay ku codsadeen in ninkaa la bedelo,iyagoo ergooyinkaasi ka cadhaysnaa in ergooyinkii shirka ka qayb galayey laga dhigay 300 oo keliya meesha ay bishii la soo dhaafay ka ahaayeen in ku dhow 1000.

Arbacadii la soo dhaafay ayuu Mr Mwangale codsaday inuu is casilo,isaga oo shir jaraa,id oo uu qabtay uu ku sheegay in soomaali wax ay qabsan waayeen mudo toban sano ka badan uu ku qabtay mudo sadex bilood ka yar.

Dhanka kale waxaa magaalada Eldoret dib ugu soo laabtay masuuliyiin horey xaga soomaaliya u baxay ,masuuliyiintaas oo ay ka mid yihiin Madaxweynaha dawlad goboleedka Puntland Cabdilaahi Yuusuf Axmed iyo hogaamiye kooxeedka lagu magacaabo Maxamed Dheere,waxaa iyaguna weli ku sugan magaalada Nairobi Xuseen Maxamed Caydiid iyo Xasan Abshir Faarax oo la filayo inay madasha shirka soo gaadhaan maanta.

Dhanka kale waxaa magaalada Eldoret laga qaban qaabinayaa xaflad xil wareejin ah oo uu gudoomiyihii hore Mr Mwangale uu xilka ku wareejin doono Gudoomiyaha gudiga farsamada IGAD ee cusub Mr Bethwell Kapligat maalinta Arbacada berito ah(22 jan),xafladaas oo la filayo inay goob joog ka ahaadaan badanaa hogaamiyayaasha kooxaha soomaaliyeed ee weli jooga Kenaya.

Dhanka kale waxaa inta badan hogaamiya kooxeedkii ka yimid dhanka magaalada muqdsiho oo dib ugu noqday Muqdisho loo diray fariin laga dalbayo inay dib ugu soo noqdaan shirka sida ugu degdegsiiyaha badan,cidii imaan weydana aan shirka loo joojin doonin

Bethwell Kapligat oo ah siyaasi caan ka ah ee dalka Kenya ayaa laga yaabaa in uu dhibaatooyin badan kala kulmo howshan cusub ee loo doortay,iyadoo sida lagu yaqaano hogaamiye kooxeedyada soomaalida inay is qabqabsadaan,isgoo mid waliba ka kale eeganayo,iyadoon la eegeyn danta shacabka soomaaliyeed ee dhibaateysan,iyo iyada uu mid waliba uu ku adkaysanayo inuu isaga iyo beeshiisu xaq u leeyihiin kursiga ugu weyn

Cabdikariim Eldoret.


Shir jaraaid oo ay magaalada Burco ku qabteen ergadii dhowaan booqashada ku tagtay Garoowe.

Jan 20 2003 Burco (Somaliland Net) - Eargadii dhowaan qarsoodiga ku tagtay magaalada garoowe ayaa maalintii axada ee shalay qabtay shir jaraaid oo ay kaga warameen arimihii ay halkaa u tageen , wixii ay ka wada hadleen xubnihii Puntland ee ay la kulmeen , ugu horeyna waxa shir jaraaid ka hadlay muuse cabdi oo madax ahaa ergadaa , waxaanu hadalkiisii ku bilaabay sidan.

Ujeedayada ergadii beesha bariga burco eetagtay garoowe waxay ahayd mid laxidhiidha xoojinta iyo adkaynta nabad gelyada , ganacsiga ee beelaha deriska ah, waxa uu intaa ku daray muuse in rabshadihii ka dhacay laascaanood, markii uu safarka ku tagay madaxweyne rayaale ee dhaawaca iyo dhimashada keenay iyo arinta ciidamada generaal cade ee saldhiga la siiyay magaalada celef weyn iyada oo ay ahayd hadii ciidamadaasi isa soo dhiibeen in hubka laga dhigo oo mel la dejiyo taasina ma dhicin, ta kale ma jirtto cid ay xukuumadu kal tashatay oo ah beeshii degaan keeda la dejiyay ciidankaa, markaa arimahaas oo dhan la eego ay muuqato in nabad gelyo xumo ay ka dhalankarto, taasi oo keeni karta dhibaatoo yin badan oo la soo darsa beelaha deriska ee oodwadagta leh , hadaba si arimahaas looga hortago ayaanu u tagnay garoowe.

25.12.02 ayaa ergo ka kooban afar xubnood u gogol xaadh ahi tageen magaalada qardho , ka dibna waxa baxay 1.1.03 ergadayadii waxaanu tagnay garoowe ,halkaasoo aanu kukulanay madaxdhaqameedyada beeshasaai, cabdilaahi yuusuf iyo xubno wasiiradiisa ka mid ah , waxaanaanu ka wada hadalay arimo ku sabsan xaga nabad gelyada iyo ganacsiga si wanaagsana waanu isku afgaranay, waxaanaanu isla soo gaadhnay goaamo kuwaasoo ay ka mid yihiin , in si wada jira looga wada shaqeeyo nabadagelyada , lagana hor tago wixii khal khal gelinaya, iyo in la sii xoojiyo xidhiidhka ganacsi ee ka dhaxeeya labada beelood. Intaa ka dib ayaa weriyayaashii waxay waydiiyeen suaalahan una dhacay sidan.

S/ ergadan aad ku tagteen garoowe ma goaan bee eedbaa mise iskiin bad u tagteen?

J/ beeshu maha wax la tirn karo, wixii ogaana way ogaayeen, wixii kalena want iminka laysku waramayo.

S/ goaamada aad isla qaadateen reer garoowe waxa ka mid ahaa in laga wada shaqeeyo nabada , isla markaana la soo af jaro qulquladaha hada jira , markaas maxaad uga jedeen qulquladaha jira.

J/ qulquladahu waxa weeye waxyaalaha hada taagan sida xukunka degadega(laascaanod) saldhigan celef weyn dawladu ka bixisay.

S/ Muuse waxaad sheegtay in ergadiinu ka duulaysay rabshadihi ka dhacay laas caanood kuwaasoo aad sheegtay inaad uga baqdeen inaad nabadgelyo daro abuurto , idinkuna waxaadu tagteen cabdilahi yuusuf markaa waa maxay ahmiyada cabdilaahi u lee yahay beesha?

J/ maamulkiisa waxa ku jira rer sool, madaxdhaqameedyo reer sool ahina waa joogaan laascanood siday wax uga dhaceen iyo siday udhaceena waynu la soconaa markaa sida taas loo soo afjari lahaa baanu u tagna y halkaasi.

S/ muuse , arimahan aad ka hadlaysaa oo dhami waa hawlihi dawladu lahayd markaa yaa idinka idiin dirtay?

J/ maamul nama diran, umana shaqayno ee anagu beelbaanu nahay , beeshuna danaheeda iyo masiirkeeda xaq bay u leedahay waanay ka hadlaysaa waa nay illashanaysaa wixii danaheeda iyo masiirkeeda wax yeelaya.

S/ waxa la sheegayaa inaad ujeedada cabdilaahi yuusuf ugu tagteen tahay arimo dhaqaale iyo inaad dawlada ku ruxdaan taas maxaa ka jira?

J/ J/cidii sidaas u aragtaa waa yeelkeed, anaguna meesha dhaqaale aanu ka doonanay ma jirto.Yaa ka mida isimada aad la ku lateen?

J/ waxa ka mida suldaan garaase, islaan maxamed, ,boqor cabdilaahi, iyo madaxdhaqameedyo kale.

S/ cabdilaahi yuusuf ma aqoonsan jiritaanka Somaliland, xidheedh keenuna hada ma fiicn , idinkuna intaad u tagteen ayaaad la soo shirteen , taasi miyanay qaran dumin ahayn?

J/ jaamac cali jaamac ma aqoonsana isaguba ssomalialnad, hadana ciidamadiisu waxa fadhiyaan celefweyn,cabdilaahina waxba ka gedisna jaamac cali jaamac, eewaxaanu anagu ka hadlayna waa nabadgelyo uun.

S/ xukuumadu waxay sheegtay in aad karaamadii iyo sharaftii qaranka meel kaga dhacdeen talaabona laydinka qaadayo, markaas idinku sidee u aragtaan arintaa? J/ Taas waxa ka jawaabaya odayada beesha ooaan u daynayaa.

S/ cabdilahi yuusuf waaxd sheegteen inaad heshiisyo la soo gasheen ilaa hadana wax saamayna kumaydan yelan gobolka iyo beesha dhexdeeda markaa sdaad u fulinaysaan goaamadaa?

J/ beeshu danteeda iyo masiirkeeda cidna u daba fadhiisan mayso.

S/ inta badan ee beeshu waxay sheegtay inaana y idinla socon, etelina , idinkuna waxaad sheegteen inaad arin beeleed ku tagteen, markaas miyaanay khilaf dhexdiina ah keenayn?

J/ maya, mana jiro wax khilafa oo dhexyaal beesha.

S/ bal faahfaahin kooban naga sii cidii idiin samaysay xidhiidhkiina labada dhinac>?

J/ dhaqan baa jira aynu leenahay, markaas awalba sidii loo xidhidhii\ jiray banu u xidhiidhnay,

S/ idinku ergo ahaan ma waxaad leedihiin ma aqoonsanin xukuumada, omaliland, lamina xidhiidhayno?

J/ maya ma lihin , ergaduna malaha,

S/ muuse shirkii carta waad tagatay kadib markaad timina xilbaad heshay, markii xilkii lagaa qaadayna hada waxaad tagatay garoowe , markaa ujedadaada miyaan la odhan Karin waa gorgortan siyaasadeed iyo xilraadin?

J/ waqtgaad sheegayso xil uma ahyn dawlada, dawlada hada jirtaana waxa u badan tahay dadkii carta ,salbalaadh ama shirarkaaa soomalida ka soo qayb galay iyo kuwii xiligii faqashta awooda ku tagri fali jiray, hada ta aan ku tegay waa wjibaad I saran .

Source!Somalilandnet.com


New Mediator in Somalia Carries Hope of Moving Peace Process Forward.


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Bethwell Kiplagat,New Mediator to the Somali peace talks.

ELDORET,KENYA JAN 21 2003 -Somalia's neighbors are hoping that the appointment of a new mediator to the Somali peace talks will inject new momentum into the process.

The appointment of former ambassador Bethwell Kiplagat as Kenya's special envoy to the Somali peace and reconciliation talks comes at a crucial stage of the talks.

The previous mediator, Elijah Mwangale, was not popular among delegates at the peace talks, taking place in the Kenyan town of Eldoret. In a letter to Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, they accused the mediator of being a dictator and demanded his removal.

Speaking just before his dismissal, Mr. Mwangale blamed his difficulties on disagreements among the more than 20 Somali leaders at the talks. "There are inherent weaknesses in the whole process based on the assumption that there would be easy acceptance of each other in terms of the leadership that is in Eldoret. So, whatever I do and I believe whatever any other chairman does after I leave, if I do, they will face the same problems," Mr. Mwangale said.

Analysts say it will clearly take more than the appointment of a new mediator to salvage the talks. Over the last couple of weeks, several warlords have walked out, complaining that too little progress was being made.

The talks, which have been going on for three months now, have become bogged down in disagreements over participation. Some 900 Somali delegates turned up when just 300 were expected.

This has put the Kenyan government, which is paying the delegates bills, under an enormous financial strain. The hotels in Eldoret are threatening to evict the delegates if the government does not settle its accounts.

Kenyan Foreign Minister Kalonzo Musyoka has pleaded with the hotels to give the government more time to find the money. "This minister wishes to urge the hotels not to throw out those delegates. In the spirit of being Kenyans I want to urge them to persevere for the time being," Mr. Musyoka said.

Somalia has had no central government since 1991 when President Mohammed Siad Barre was ousted. This is the 14th time that peace talks have been convened to try to restore order to the Horn of Africa country, which is ruled by rival warlords.

The new mediator, Mr. Kiplagat, a former Kenyan Ambassador to Britain and France and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is widely-respected as a regional peacemaker. He has been deeply involved in the Sudanese peace process and heads the Africa Peace Forum, a regional body working towards ending the myriad conflicts in the Horn of Africa.


Despite chaos at Somalia peace talks, there is hope for a deal.

ELDORET,KENYA JAN 21 2003-The peace talks unfolding here aimed at ending Somalia's long civil war have turned as chaotic as the country itself. .

Warlords are trying to remove the mediator. Hotels are threatening to evict delegates over unpaid bills. The police were recently ordered to expel the many Somalis who arrived without invitations.

. The negotiations, now in their fourth month, were troubled from the start. .

Hundreds of extra delegates showed up in October, prompting a brisk sale in bogus credentials. There have been walkouts, shouting matches and a protest by an unpaid hotel during Ramadan that left delegates from the largely Muslim country who had been fasting all day unfed. .

"The tragedy of it all is that it's probably better positioned than any conference in the past to accomplish something," said one of the handful of Western diplomats tracking the negotiations. "I wouldn't say it's hopeless, although it certainly looks hopeless when you're there." .

Somalia looks just as troubled. It has no national government to speak of, a state of limbo that has existed for a dozen years. .

Instead, heavily armed warlords rule by brute force, a throwback to medieval times. .

Although most Somalis are desperate for an end to more than a decade of anarchy, they still associate more with clan than country. .

On Friday, the United Nations condemned a series of killings of children and kidnappings in Somalia, where gunmen have killed several schoolchildren in attacks on buses in the last month.

. The United States ignored Somalia in the years after 1993, when 18 American soldiers were killed in an aid mission that went awry. .

But Somalia's importance to the West has grown with the onset of the American-led campaign against terrorism. Somalia's long coastline, porous borders and strategic location just across the Gulf of Aden from Yemen, not to mention its lack of a central government, make it an ideal breeding ground for militants. .

The Americans have been monitoring the talks, which have offered some slivers of hope despite the confusion. .

These talks have attracted more of the important Somali players than any of the dozen or so past peace conferences convened since 1991, when the dictatorship of Mohammed Siad Barre was overthrown. .

The Eldoret talks also have made some tangible progress, such as an agreement to cease hostilities, albeit one that has been repeatedly violated. Now, the talks are getting down to the basics of what a united Somalia would look like. .

Organizers say they expect a final plan to emerge this year, although the process has been slow.

. "It's getting frustrating," said Mohammed Sheik Gabiou, a Somali constitutional law expert who has been involved in past efforts to bring order to the country. .

"Somalis like to talk and talk and talk, even when they don't know what they're talking about," he said. .

Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti, Somalia's neighbors, are sponsoring the talks through an organization known as the Intergovernmental Authority on Development. .

The European Union, the United States and others are providing financing, although they have withheld some funds recently as the talks have spiraled out of control. .

Numerous hotels have not been paid for many of their costs. To protest, the management of the main conference site, the Sirikwa Hotel, in late November closed the buffet that Somalis descend on every evening. The Kenyan Foreign Ministry was forced to intervene to get it reopened. .

Recently, some warlords tried to replace the Kenyan mediator, Elijah Mwangale, accusing him of repeatedly changing the official number of delegates, now set at 396. .

The last Somali peace talks with some success were held in 2000 in Djibouti. The result was a transitional government, including a president, Abdikassim Salad Hassan, and a 245-member assembly, although most of the warlords boycotted the talks and worked to undermine the result. .

That transitional body, which has controlled pockets of Mogadishu but little else, formally will dissolve in August. In the north, Somaliland and Puntland have elected their own leaders. In the rest of the country, warlords continue to fight for turf. .

Despite the broad representation at the Eldoret conference, officials from the self-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland have boycotted the talks, focusing instead on their own elections. .

Frustrated warlords also have begun to go back to Mogadishu, leaving no indication of whether they will return. .

But the many Somalis who remain in Eldoret are trying to agree on a loose federalist structure that balances the country's many clans. .

"We're making progress," said Awad Ahmed Ashara, a minister in the breakaway Puntland government. He and others want the rest of the world, especially the Americans, to join the give-and-take in Eldoret. .

"We feel the Americans are reluctant to get involved," Ashara said. "They are worried about Somalia being a haven for terrorists, but they're not helping the process. We'd like to hear something from the White House."

Back to Start of Article ELDORET, Kenya The peace talks unfolding here aimed at ending Somalia's long civil war have turned as chaotic as the country itself. .

Warlords are trying to remove the mediator. Hotels are threatening to evict delegates over unpaid bills. The police were recently ordered to expel the many Somalis who arrived without invitations. .

The negotiations, now in their fourth month, were troubled from the start. .

Hundreds of extra delegates showed up in October, prompting a brisk sale in bogus credentials. There have been walkouts, shouting matches and a protest by an unpaid hotel during Ramadan that left delegates from the largely Muslim country who had been fasting all day unfed. .

"The tragedy of it all is that it's probably better positioned than any conference in the past to accomplish something," said one of the handful of Western diplomats tracking the negotiations. "I wouldn't say it's hopeless, although it certainly looks hopeless when you're there." .

Somalia looks just as troubled. It has no national government to speak of, a state of limbo that has existed for a dozen years. .

Instead, heavily armed warlords rule by brute force, a throwback to medieval times. .

Although most Somalis are desperate for an end to more than a decade of anarchy, they still associate more with clan than country. .

On Friday, the United Nations condemned a series of killings of children and kidnappings in Somalia, where gunmen have killed several schoolchildren in attacks on buses in the last month. .

The United States ignored Somalia in the years after 1993, when 18 American soldiers were killed in an aid mission that went awry. .

But Somalia's importance to the West has grown with the onset of the American-led campaign against terrorism. Somalia's long coastline, porous borders and strategic location just across the Gulf of Aden from Yemen, not to mention its lack of a central government, make it an ideal breeding ground for militants. .

The Americans have been monitoring the talks, which have offered some slivers of hope despite the confusion. .

These talks have attracted more of the important Somali players than any of the dozen or so past peace conferences convened since 1991, when the dictatorship of Mohammed Siad Barre was overthrown. .

The Eldoret talks also have made some tangible progress, such as an agreement to cease hostilities, albeit one that has been repeatedly violated. Now, the talks are getting down to the basics of what a united Somalia would look like. .

Organizers say they expect a final plan to emerge this year, although the process has been slow.

. "It's getting frustrating," said Mohammed Sheik Gabiou, a Somali constitutional law expert who has been involved in past efforts to bring order to the country. .

"Somalis like to talk and talk and talk, even when they don't know what they're talking about," he said. .

Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti, Somalia's neighbors, are sponsoring the talks through an organization known as the Intergovernmental Authority on Development. .

The European Union, the United States and others are providing financing, although they have withheld some funds recently as the talks have spiraled out of control. .

Numerous hotels have not been paid for many of their costs. To protest, the management of the main conference site, the Sirikwa Hotel, in late November closed the buffet that Somalis descend on every evening. The Kenyan Foreign Ministry was forced to intervene to get it reopened. .

Recently, some warlords tried to replace the Kenyan mediator, Elijah Mwangale, accusing him of repeatedly changing the official number of delegates, now set at 396. .

The last Somali peace talks with some success were held in 2000 in Djibouti. The result was a transitional government, including a president, Abdikassim Salad Hassan, and a 245-member assembly, although most of the warlords boycotted the talks and worked to undermine the result. .

That transitional body, which has controlled pockets of Mogadishu but little else, formally will dissolve in August. In the north, Somaliland and Puntland have elected their own leaders. In the rest of the country, warlords continue to fight for turf. .

Despite the broad representation at the Eldoret conference, officials from the self-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland have boycotted the talks, focusing instead on their own elections. .

Frustrated warlords also have begun to go back to Mogadishu, leaving no indication of whether they will return. .

But the many Somalis who remain in Eldoret are trying to agree on a loose federalist structure that balances the country's many clans. .

"We're making progress," said Awad Ahmed Ashara, a minister in the breakaway Puntland government. He and others want the rest of the world, especially the Americans, to join the give-and-take in Eldoret. .

"We feel the Americans are reluctant to get involved," Ashara said. "They are worried about Somalia being a haven for terrorists, but they're not helping the process. We'd like to hear something from the White House." ELDORET, Kenya The peace talks unfolding here aimed at ending Somalia's long civil war have turned as chaotic as the country itself. .

Warlords are trying to remove the mediator. Hotels are threatening to evict delegates over unpaid bills. The police were recently ordered to expel the many Somalis who arrived without invitations. .

The negotiations, now in their fourth month, were troubled from the start. .

Hundreds of extra delegates showed up in October, prompting a brisk sale in bogus credentials. There have been walkouts, shouting matches and a protest by an unpaid hotel during Ramadan that left delegates from the largely Muslim country who had been fasting all day unfed. .

"The tragedy of it all is that it's probably better positioned than any conference in the past to accomplish something," said one of the handful of Western diplomats tracking the negotiations. "I wouldn't say it's hopeless, although it certainly looks hopeless when you're there." .

Somalia looks just as troubled. It has no national government to speak of, a state of limbo that has existed for a dozen years. . Instead, heavily armed warlords rule by brute force, a throwback to medieval times. .

Although most Somalis are desperate for an end to more than a decade of anarchy, they still associate more with clan than country. .

On Friday, the United Nations condemned a series of killings of children and kidnappings in Somalia, where gunmen have killed several schoolchildren in attacks on buses in the last month. .

The United States ignored Somalia in the years after 1993, when 18 American soldiers were killed in an aid mission that went awry. .

But Somalia's importance to the West has grown with the onset of the American-led campaign against terrorism. Somalia's long coastline, porous borders and strategic location just across the Gulf of Aden from Yemen, not to mention its lack of a central government, make it an ideal breeding ground for militants. .

The Americans have been monitoring the talks, which have offered some slivers of hope despite the confusion. .

These talks have attracted more of the important Somali players than any of the dozen or so past peace conferences convened since 1991, when the dictatorship of Mohammed Siad Barre was overthrown. .

The Eldoret talks also have made some tangible progress, such as an agreement to cease hostilities, albeit one that has been repeatedly violated. Now, the talks are getting down to the basics of what a united Somalia would look like. .

Organizers say they expect a final plan to emerge this year, although the process has been slow. .

"It's getting frustrating," said Mohammed Sheik Gabiou, a Somali constitutional law expert who has been involved in past efforts to bring order to the country. .

"Somalis like to talk and talk and talk, even when they don't know what they're talking about," he said. .

Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti, Somalia's neighbors, are sponsoring the talks through an organization known as the Intergovernmental Authority on Development. .

The European Union, the United States and others are providing financing, although they have withheld some funds recently as the talks have spiraled out of control. .

Numerous hotels have not been paid for many of their costs. To protest, the management of the main conference site, the Sirikwa Hotel, in late November closed the buffet that Somalis descend on every evening. The Kenyan Foreign Ministry was forced to intervene to get it reopened. .

Recently, some warlords tried to replace the Kenyan mediator, Elijah Mwangale, accusing him of repeatedly changing the official number of delegates, now set at 396. .

The last Somali peace talks with some success were held in 2000 in Djibouti. The result was a transitional government, including a president, Abdikassim Salad Hassan, and a 245-member assembly, although most of the warlords boycotted the talks and worked to undermine the result. .

That transitional body, which has controlled pockets of Mogadishu but little else, formally will dissolve in August. In the north, Somaliland and Puntland have elected their own leaders. In the rest of the country, warlords continue to fight for turf. .

Despite the broad representation at the Eldoret conference, officials from the self-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland have boycotted the talks, focusing instead on their own elections. .

Frustrated warlords also have begun to go back to Mogadishu, leaving no indication of whether they will return. .

But the many Somalis who remain in Eldoret are trying to agree on a loose federalist structure that balances the country's many clans. .

"We're making progress," said Awad Ahmed Ashara, a minister in the breakaway Puntland government. He and others want the rest of the world, especially the Americans, to join the give-and-take in Eldoret.

. "We feel the Americans are reluctant to get involved," Ashara said. "They are worried about Somalia being a haven for terrorists, but they're not helping the process. We'd like to hear something from the White House." ELDORET, Kenya The peace talks unfolding here aimed at ending Somalia's long civil war have turned as chaotic as the country itself.

Warlords are trying to remove the mediator. Hotels are threatening to evict delegates over unpaid bills. The police were recently ordered to expel the many Somalis who arrived without invitations.

The negotiations, now in their fourth month, were troubled from the start.

Hundreds of extra delegates showed up in October, prompting a brisk sale in bogus credentials. There have been walkouts, shouting matches and a protest by an unpaid hotel during Ramadan that left delegates from the largely Muslim country who had been fasting all day unfed.

"The tragedy of it all is that it's probably better positioned than any conference in the past to accomplish something," said one of the handful of Western diplomats tracking the negotiations. "I wouldn't say it's hopeless, although it certainly looks hopeless when you're there."


 
 


 
 

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