Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:36PM GMTReddit
United Nations Political Office for Somalia has met with the country's civil society and rights groups in a bid to solve decades-long crisis in the war-torn nation, Press TV reports.
Representatives from Somalia's Transitional Federal Government of, autonomous Galmudug region in central Somalia, the semi-autonomous state of Puntland, pro-government Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a militia group were among those in attendance at the UNPOS meeting in the capital Mogadishu.
“I think it is very important to bring the civil organizations onboard because they are the real link between the government and the community,” Somali Constitutional and Federal Affairs Minister, Abdirahman Hosh Jibril told Press TV.
Civil right groups and authorities from Puntland and Galmudug regions have welcomed the UN initiative, and urged people to be actively involved in the Somali peace process.
The United Nations and the international communities have had several attempts to find a long lasting peace solution to the Somali crisis.
This is the first session that has seen the involvement and the active participation of the civil society and rights groups in the peace process.
Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.
Strategically located in the Horn of Africa, Somalia remains among the ones generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced persons in the world.