Ugandan president meets Somali PM over peace process

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KAMPALA, Jun 10, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Friday afternoon held a meeting with Somali transitional government Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi in Kampala, reported Radio Uganda.

"The president and the Somali premier discussed matters concerning the ongoing peace process and restoration of the Somali nation in which Uganda is playing a major role," the Ugandan government radio said.

"Premier Gedi expressed gratitude to President Museveni for the effort he is in putting in the peace process. He assured him of the transitional government's commitment to the rebuilding of Somalia," the radio added.

Gedi came to Uganda to discuss the Somali process with Museveni, who is also chairman of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development before foreign minister of the seven-member group meet in Kenya on Sunday to endorse the Somali interim government's new relocation plan.

According to a report reaching here on Friday, the east Africa regional ministers will discuss issues of finances, deployment of peacekeeping forces, and security situation in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia.

The Somali transitional government was established in Kenya last year.

Somalia has been without a central government since clan-based warlords overthrew dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.