The UN and its international partners in the search for peace in Somalia plan to step up their contacts with the country’s National Reconciliation Congress in an effort to bring stability to a faction-riven land that has had no functioning central government for 16 years. The UN led a delegation of the International Advisory Group to Mogadishu over the weekend to attend and receive an update on Congress’s ongoing work. “The delegation expressed its intention for members of the international community to have henceforth a frequent presence at the Congress,” UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told a news briefing in New York July 31. (UN News)

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