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Ethiopia hosts meeting of Somali faction leaders

[Iraq] Ducks in northern Iraq are also said to be carrying the bird flu virus. [Date picture taken: February 2006]
Le virus de la grippe aviaire a été détecté au Niger chez des canards domestiques (Afif Sarhan/IRIN)

Officials from the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have had a preparatory meeting in Addis Ababa with Somali faction leaders in advance of a planned meeting between them and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, media sources report. Ethiopian officials are reported to have strongly urged the Somalis to collectively agree on the establishment of an umbrella body - similar to the National Salvation Council that emerged from negotiations
in Sodere, central Somalia, in December 1996 - and a complete strategy for challenging Hussein Aideed, politically and militarily. It is hoped that, after deliberations, the Somali leaders would have agreed such a collective stand before meeting Meles.

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