Cease-fire talks in Somalia's lawless capital, Mogadishu, have stalled after a group of militia leaders failed to send any representatives to the discussions.
Clashes in recent weeks among militias loyal to local warlords, businessmen and Islamic factions have killed at least 70 people. But the fighting has been suspended since Sunday as elders and religious leaders tried to broker a cease-fire.
Local officials say one group of factional leaders has asked for more time to send its representatives. One militia leader told the Reuters news agency that the talks have now collapsed because the group failed to attend.
Factional violence is common in Somalia, which has been without a central government for the last 15 years.Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.