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  • UN: UNHCR urges protection for asylum seekers from southern, central Somalia
    28 january 2014 20:48:27
    New York, US (PANA) -The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday it has released updated guidelines on the needs of people fleeing southern and central Somalia that underscore the need for governments to assess applications for protection on the basis of reliable, up-to-date information about the situation in Mogadishu and other areas. Full text...

  • Somalia: Ethiopian forces in Somalia formally join AMISOM
    23 january 2014 14:40:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian troops in Somalia have been formally re-hatted as part of the African Union (AU) Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs ministry said here Thursday.Full text...

  • UN envoy cogratulates new political leadership in southern Somalia
    20 january 2014 22:55:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Monday welcomed new leadership in the Interim Jubba Administration and described the establishment of the Executive Council a "milestone" in the country’s political process. Full text...

  • Special Security: Al Shabaab changes tactics in readiness for protracted war (News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao)
    12 january 2014 15:08:41
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Mogadishu, the war-battered Somali capital, can easily pick signs of an impending terrorist strike, especially after a lull in fierce fighting off the streets, a PANA Correspondent reported from here, quoting security experts. Full text...

  • US military advisers deployed in Somalia
    10 january 2014 22:06:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The US has deployed a small number of uniformed trainers and advisers to Somalia to facilitate security and stability in the country, the American media reported on Friday. Full text...

  • UN envoy welcomes election of new president in Puntland
    08 january 2014 21:45:01
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Wednesday hailed the election of a new president of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland as "the harbinger of a peaceful and federal solution for the entire Horn of Africa country".Full text...

  • EU takes over Contact Group on Piracy chair off Somalia the coast
    06 january 2014 22:19:09
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has taken over the chairmanship of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) from 1 January 2014. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council, Ban deplore Mogadishu bombings
    03 january 2014 15:59:53
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have stressed the need for global efforts aimed at ending the threat posed by Al-Shabaab and to support all measures to restore peace in the long-troubled Somalia. Full text...

  • UN expert tasks Somalia on human rights roadmap
    26 december 2013 16:01:21
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Mr. Shamsul Bari, on Thursday urged the Somali government to finalize and carry out a human rights roadmap endorsed by the cabinet in August.Full text...

  • Somalia: UN envoy calls for credible electoral process in Puntland
    24 december 2013 18:52:17
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Tuesday renewed his call for a timely and credible political process that should lead to a new Puntland parliament this year and regional presidential elections next month. Full text...

  • UN envoy welcomes appointment of new Somali's PM
    22 december 2013 09:29:21
    New York, US (PANA) – Mr. Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Somalia, has congratulated Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, who was appointed on Saturday following a vote in the Federal Parliament, describing the process as a key step heading into 2014. Full text...

  • AU, UN Special Representatives condemn ambush on aid workers in Somalia
    19 december 2013 14:04:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Cowardly acts of ambushing humanitarian workers will not discourage them to carry on with their mission, according to the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamet Saleh Annadif. Full text...

  • UN envoy calls for more action to tackle terrorism in Somalia
    11 december 2013 16:27:38
    New York, US (PANA) – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, said that a comprehensive political, military and development approach is needed to tackle terrorism in the African country. Full text...

  • UN envoy in Somalia deplores deadly attack against Puntland forces
    05 december 2013 22:17:06
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Thursday strongly condemned a violent and cowardly attack on Puntland government forces that reportedly killed several people and injured dozens of others. Full text...

  • “Operation Atalanta” now to end 2016
    05 december 2013 14:14:13
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant, Operations Commander of the EU Naval Force Somalia (EUNAVFOR), has said that following a recent strategic review exercise, the EU has decided that “Operation Atalanta” would be extended up to end in 2016. Full text...

  • UN envoy stresses need to appoint new Somali PM
    02 december 2013 18:45:13
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Monday stressed the urgent need to appoint a new Somali Prime Minister "as soon as possible" to maintain the progress made so far in the Horn of Africa nation, after incumbent Abdi Farah Shirdon lost a confidence vote in parliament. Full text...

  • UN envoy appeals for calm following clashes in Somalia region
    30 november 2013 18:10:58
    New York, US (PANA) – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Saturday said he is deeply concerned by the recent outbreak of violence in Somalia's northern Sool region, and called for calm. Full text...

  • UN agency says Somali repatriation process must be voluntary
    27 november 2013 07:07:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said the agreement signed earlier this month between the agency and the Governments of Somalia and Kenya supports the voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees. Full text...

  • CPJ wants detained Somali journalists released
    22 november 2013 15:48:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based global press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Friday called for the release of two detained Somali journalists, Mohamed Bashir and an unnamed female reporter who alleged she was raped. Full text...

  • Sudanese authorities arrest Somali infiltrators
    21 november 2013 12:52:39
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese authorities have arrested 24 Somalis, including women, for attempting to enter the Sudan, via the Red Sea, illegally, the Sudanese Media Centre (SMC) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Ban condemns attack against Somali police station
    20 november 2013 21:27:43
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the deadly attacks on Tuesday against a police station in Beledweyne, Somalia, which followed a number of similar attacks on the Somali people in recent weeks. Full text...

  • AU Special Representative monitors situation in flooded Puntland region
    15 november 2013 10:53:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following days of heavy storm and flooding this week in Somalia’s Puntland region, the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said Friday that he was closely monitoring the situation in which at least 300 people are feared to have lost their lives. Full text...

  • Zuma expresses condolences over Puntland cyclone
    14 november 2013 14:02:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President, Jacob Zuma, on Thursday conveyed his condolences following the loss of lives in a tropical cyclone that hit the Somali region of Puntland at the weekend. Full text...

  • AU welcomes UN Security Council resolution on strengthening AMISOM
    14 november 2013 09:12:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has welcomed the adoption of resolution 2124 (2013) on Somalia by the UN Security Council authorising an increase in the strength of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Full text...

  • UN Security Council authorizes temporary boost for AU force in Somalia
    12 november 2013 21:39:35
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Security Council on Tuesday authorized a temporary boost for the African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in Somalia of over 4,000 troops and an expanded logistical package so it can maintain basic security and respond to the evolving threat from Al-Shabaab insurgents. Full text...

  • Kenya, Somalia reach pact with UN agency on dignified return of refugees
    12 november 2013 16:54:15
    New York, US (PAN) – The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Governments of Kenya and Somalia have signed an agreement laying out the framework by which Somali refugees in Kenya could return to their homeland. Full text...

  • UN Security Council 'outraged' by deadly bomb attack in Mogadishu
    10 november 2013 21:50:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has expressed outrage at the deadly bomb attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which caused numerous deaths and injuries, and reiterated its determination to combat all forms of terrorism. Full text...

  • UN deputy scribe urges support for African forces in Somalia
    30 october 2013 19:56:08
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Jan Eliasson, on Wednesday called on the UN Security Council to support a 'temporary boost' to national and international forces aiming to maintain basic security in Somalia. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief deplores murder of Somali journalist
    30 october 2013 08:21:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Ms. Irina Bokova, on Wednesday denounced the murder of Somali television journalist Mohamed Mohamud, who was gunned down in the capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • AU Special Rep slams attempted assassination of Somali journalist
    23 october 2013 16:39:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) said it was appalled by the attempted assassination of a Somali journalist working for the London-based, Somali Channel Universal TV.Full text...

  • Upstream oil companies eager to capitalise on Horn of Africa potentials
    04 october 2013 14:28:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - While Somalia's hydrocarbon development will remain vulnerable to substantial above-ground risks, a recent deal between the government and the Soma Oil and Gas company increases chances of an uptick in upstream activity over the coming years, according to a new study.Full text...

  • Shipwreck kills 82 Somali migrants off Italy
    03 october 2013 13:28:59
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – At least 82 persons, mainly Somali migrants including women and children, were reported dead when the boat they were sailing on sank Thursday off Italy, PANA reported, quoting the Vatican Radio. Full text...

  • Somali President urges int'l support to fight terrorism
    27 september 2013 07:17:13
    New York, US (PANA) - President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia has called for international support for his country's efforts to fight terrorism, in particular the struggle to drive out armed groups such as al-Shabaab. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges more efforts to defeat militant groups in Somalia
    24 september 2013 22:32:32
    New York, US (PANA) – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, on Tuesday urged the international community to redouble its efforts to help defeat militant groups in the country, including Al-Shabaab, which has claimed responsibility for the four-day bloody terrorist attack in neighbouring Kenya.Full text...

  • US pledges US$69m for Somalia plan
    20 september 2013 14:46:25
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has pledged US$69 million for Somalia's New Deal Compact to promote and strengthen already existing programmes in community stabilisation, economic growth, education, and enhancing democracy, governance, and rule of law in the African nation. Full text...

  • UN chief tasks international community on Somali 'New Deal'
    16 september 2013 22:32:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the international community to align their political and financial support with Somalia's "New Deal" to drive the country’s economic and political recovery. Full text...

  • UN Security Council welcomes new UN mission in Somalia
    14 september 2013 20:17:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Saturday welcomed the deployment of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), established three months ago in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, and looked forward to the mission playing an effective role in support of the long-troubled country's Federal Government. Full text...

  • Ethiopia, AU, UN condemn terror attack on Southern Somalia leader
    13 september 2013 13:25:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia Friday strongly condemned the terror attack on Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Islam ‘Madobe’, leader of the Interim Jubba Administration in Southern Somalia, and his motorcade by Al Shabaab rebels. Full text...

  • UN greets Somalia's federal administration on 1st anniversary
    11 september 2013 08:21:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, has congratulated the president, government and people of Somalia on the first anniversary of the country's Federal Government. Full text...

  • UN envoy condemns terrorist attack in Somali capital
    07 september 2013 17:11:26
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, on Saturday deplored a terrorist attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which resulted in numerous casualties. Full text...

  • International oil firms set eyes on Somalia for hydrocarbon development
    06 september 2013 12:27:36
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Somalia, slowly recovering from over two decades of anarchy, has continued to face substantial above-ground risks to developing its hydrocarbon sector, including legal uncertainty, political instability and piracy, according to a new study by Business Monitor International (BMI). Full text...

  • UN expert hails human rights efforts in Somalia
    03 september 2013 22:03:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Mr. Shamsul Bari, on Tuesday hailed the approval by the Somali government of a road map to help promote and protect human rights in the country. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges political solution to Somalia’s governance problems
    03 september 2013 09:17:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Among many challenges facing Somalia today in the development, economic, security, governance and human rights sectors, the over-riding challenge is a political problem that needs a political solution, Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of UN Secretary General (SRSG) in the Horn of Africa country, has told the ongoing Vision 2016 National Conference in Mogadishu. Full text...

  • France hails Somalia, Djoubaland agreement
    30 august 2013 22:15:20
    Paris, France (PANA) – France hails the agreement signed on 28 August in Addis Ababa by the Somali federal government and the interim administration of Djouba on the progressive integration of Djoubaland into the Somali federal sate, the deputy spokesperson of the French foreign affairs ministry, Vincent Floréani, said on Friday in Paris. Full text...

  • UN Mission to set up station in southern Somalia’s Kismayo port
    29 august 2013 11:32:05
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) will establish a presence in Kismayo to support the new Jubba Interim Administration, Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Somalia and Head of UNSOM, has announced. Full text...

  • Somali govt., Jubba Interim Administration reach agreement
    29 august 2013 11:29:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Talks between the Somali Federal Government and Jubba Interim Administration have successfully concluded here, with the two sides signing an agreement establishing the modalities of administration and governance in the Lower Jubba, Middle Jubba and Gedo for the coming period. Full text...

  • UN envoy calls for collective efforts to achieve progress in Somalia
    27 august 2013 14:25:45
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, has stressed that collective and coordinated efforts from the government as well as regional and international organisations are needed to achieve progress in the east African country. Full text...

  • 'Somalia reconstruction needs international community's support'
    27 august 2013 13:24:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Efforts being made by the government of Somalia to restore peace and rebuild effective state institutions need support from the international community, Somali Ambassador to Ethiopia Ahmed Abduselam has told a consultative meeting underway here on the reconstruction of the war-torn Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • UNESCO boss deplores murder of Somali radio journalist
    22 august 2013 18:30:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The head of the UN agency tasked with defending press freedom on Thursday denounced the murder of Somali journalist Ahmed Sharif in Mogadishu. Full text...

  • UN envoy voices concern over rape allegations at AU facility in Somalia
    19 august 2013 16:54:40
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, has expressed grave concern over allegations of rape at a facility of the African Union Mission in the country (AMISOM), and welcomed the government's Full text...

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