ISSUED BY THE 2ND IGAD MINISTERIAL FACILITATION COMMITTEE MEETING ON THE
SOMALI PEACE PROCESS
8TH DECEMBER 2003
- 1.The 2nd IGAD Ministerial Facilitation Committee Meeting on the Somalia Peace Process was held in Nairobi on 8th December, 2003 to review the status of the peace process and report to the Chairman of the Summit.
- 2.The meeting was attended by Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, and the Chairman of the IGAD Ministerial Facilitation Committee, Hon. Augustine Nshimye, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda, representing the Chairman of the IGAD Council of Ministers, H.E. Ali Abdi Farah, Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and In-charge of Parliamentary Relations, Republic of Djibouti, H.E. Arefaine Berhe, Minister for Agriculture of the State of Eritrea. Ethiopia was represented by Mr. Yemane Abadi, Ethiopian Embassy, Nairobi. Dr. Attallah Hamad Bashir, Executive Secretary represented IGAD.
The African Union was represented by Ambassador Mohammed Ali Foum, Special Envoy to the Somali Peace Process.
- 3.The following members of the IGAD Partners Forum also attended the meeting; Italy, United Kingdom, the United States of America, Sweden, Egypt, League of Arab States, France, Switzerland, the European Union and the United Nations.
- 4.The Ministers received progress report on the Somali National Reconciliation Conference and noted progress made since the 1st IGAD Ministerial Facilitation Committee Meeting of 28th October, 2003. They welcomed consultations held on the Somali Peace Process between President Ismail Omar Guelleh and Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka during his visit to Djibouti as President Mwai Kibaki’s Personal Envoy on 20th November 2003.
- 5.The Ministers also noted the visit of the Troika to Mogadishu led by the African Union and the consultations with Mr. Abdikassim Salaad Hassan, TNG President and Mr. Muse Sudi Yallahow, Chairman of the National Salvation Council.
- 6.The Ministers agreed to postpone the ten-day Leaders retreat to allow further consultations. They decided that the Somali Leaders Retreat be held in Mombasa from 18th December, 2003, immediately after the launch.
- 7. The Retreat will be launched on 18th December, 2003 in
Nairobi by H.E Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda and Chairman of the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government who will invite H.E Joachim Chissano, President of the Republic of Mozambique and Chairperson of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union and H.E Mr. Alpha Omar Konare, Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union. H.E Mwai Kibaki, President of the Republic of Kenya and Chairman of the IGAD Facilitation Committee will also attend.
- 8.The Ministers decided that Somali Leaders should be invited for the Retreat. They stressed that any invited Leader who will not show up at the Leaders Retreat shall be deemed not to be interested in the Reconciliation Process and will be treated as such. The IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government will fully endorse the results of the said Retreat. They also agreed that Phase Three of the Peace Process will commence immediately after the Retreat.
- 9.The Ministers urged the Somali Leaders to respect the Declaration on the Cessation of Hostilities signed in Eldoret on 27th October, 2002 and called upon them to conclude a Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement.
- 10.The Ministers expressed concern with the financial situation faced by the Conference. They acknowledged donor assistance by the IGAD Partners Forum (IPF), in particular the European Union and called upon others to avail adequate and predictable funds to support the peace process.
- 11.The Ministers agreed to hold their next meeting in Nairobi on 5th January, 2004.
- 12.The Ministers thanked the Government and the people of the Republic of Kenya for hosting the Somali National Reconciliation Process and for convening the 2nd IGAD Ministerial Facilitation Committee Meeting.
Done at Nairobi, Kenya.
8th December, 2003.