Somali leaders began gathering Sunday for a three-day national reconciliation conference under UN auspices amid high security in war-shattered Mogadishu. African Union peacekeepers deployed around the parliament talks venue in the capital only recently vacated by Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents seeking to overthrow the fragile UN-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG). A key focus will be on winding up the seven-year-old transitional administration, which has failed to deliver on its top objective of reconciling the country, writing a new constitution and holding elections. Sundays talks were also to include representatives of the breakaway Puntland region and other semi-autonomous territories.