September 4, 2006

Somali govt, Islamists to agree agenda for talks

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Somalia's interim government and a
powerful rival Islamist administration are to agree on a
declaration of principles for talks to resolve an impasse over
control in the anarchic nation, a spokesman said on Monday.

The fragile interim government and representatives of a
Mogadishu-based Islamist movement met in the Sudanese capital
Khartoum for a third day of Arab League-mediated talks aimed at
reaching a power-sharing agreement.

"We are going to sign tonight what will be a time frame for
coming back together for further talks," said Awad Ahmed
Ashareh, a parliamentarian and member of the government

"We will come back on October 30 to resume talks on
power-sharing and other issues," he added without giving
further details.

Earlier he described it as a framework for further

The head of the Islamic courts delegation confirmed he
expected to reach agreement on principles on Monday evening.