23 June 2006

Secretary-General Welcomes Agreement between Somalia Parties

NEW YORK, 22 June (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General welcomes the agreement reached between the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and representatives of the Union of Islamic Courts in Khartoum on 22 June as a positive development.

The Secretary-General urges the two parties to remain engaged in dialogue to promote peace and national reconciliation.

The Secretary-General commends the League of Arab States for facilitating the talks.

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