Somali Fed Gov’t, Jubba Admin agree on reconciliation conference

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Addis Ababa, 23 October 2013 (WIC) - The Somali Federal Government and the Jubba Interim Administration announced on Monday that the first round of the upcoming reconciliation conference will now be held in Mogadishu.

The agreement was announced at a joint news conference in Kismayo by the Leader of the Jubbaland Interim Administration, Sheikh Ahmed Madobe, and the Somali Federal Government Minister of Interior and Security, Abdikarim Hussein Gulled.
The announcement came after talks between the Federal Government delegation and the Jubbaland Administration over the weekend following uncertainties about the conference.

Interior Minister Guled thanked Jubba officials for their effort in supporting consolidation of Somalia’s peace process and urged aid agencies to bring humanitarian assistance to the Jubbaland regions which had suffered from years of sporadic armed conflicts.
Sheikh Madobe noted that the Jubbaland Administration wanted a joint technical committee, composed of representatives of the Federal Government, AMISOM and the Jubbaland Administration to look into the implementation of points of the agreement reached in Addis Ababa in August, including integration of militias into the national army.
The second round of the reconciliation conference will be held in Kismayo.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs