UN official to assist Djibouti on peace initiative for Somalia

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The Secretary-General's Representative for Somalia and head of the UN political office there, Mr. David Stephen, is to go to Djibouti for two months to help organize a reconciliation conference for Somalia, his spokesman said today in New York.
Mr. Stephen will advise on the conceptualization and organization of the conference, which is part of the peace initiative of Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh for Somalia, the spokesman, Mr. Fred Eckhard, said.

With this latest expression of support for President Guelleh's efforts, Mr. Kofi Annan reiterates his view that the establishment of a central authority based on wide consultations and agreement will be the only way to reach a lasting settlement to the conflict in Somalia, the spokesman said.

The Secretary-General hoped that this, along with the various other types of assistance provided by the UN to the people of Somalia, would make a meaningful contribution to that country's quest for peace, Mr. Eckhard added.