Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 November 2008

Kenya / Somalis participate in workshop on Federalism and Decentralization




Kenya / Somalis participate in workshop on Federalism and Decentralization


NAIROBI, Kenya, November 28, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Following a decision in Djibouti by the Transitional

Federal Government (TFG) and the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS)

to form an inclusive and enlarged Parliament and Unity Government, both parties

attended a workshop on Federalism and Decentralization.

“We are pleased to be supporting this initiative immediately following a four-day

workshop in Djibouti which yielded positive results particularly concerning the

formation of a Unity Government and an enlarged and inclusive Parliament,” UN

Special Representative for Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah said. “This workshop is

the next logical step in opening the discussions on models of power-sharing and


The three-day workshop which opened on Wednesday and will close tomorrow has

been facilitated by UNPOS with technical support from UNDP Somalia to support

and assist Somalis in building on the framework laid out in the Djibouti Agreement

signed on 26 October 2008.

“This is the first of many dialogues on a long journey gathering various stakeholders

in the complex process of bringing peace and stability to Somalia” said Bruno

Lemarquis, Country Director of UNDP Somalia.

It is hoped that both parties will leave the workshop with clearer views about the

orientation of the Constitution to be drafted and a possible programme to that end

involving consultations with various stakeholders, Mr. Ould-Abdallah said. Further

consultations with the High-level Committee established in the Djibouti Agreement

are expected to follow.




%d bloggers like this: