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  • WFP calls for efforts to alleviate suffering of Somalis
    28 march 2008 20:59:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has called o n Somalia's international partners to bolster their efforts to alleviate the suf f ering in the strife-torn East African nation, where close to one million people h ave been uprooted by fighting and insecurity is hampering humanitarian efforts i n some areas. Full text...

  • Somali authorities urged not to implement anti-expression laws
    26 march 2008 19:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A regional rights body, the Network of African Freedom o f Expression Organisations (NAFEO), has urged President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed of Somalia "not to assent to the media bill" recently passed by the country's parli a ment, arguing it "blatantly violates press freedom and freedom of expression", N A FEO said Wednesday in a press communique made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • Ban calls on Somalia to seize opportunity for peace
    19 march 2008 20:28:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Despite the volatile security and dire humanitarian conditions many Somalis face, the window of opportunity to bring a durable peace to the war-torn Horn of African nation must be seized, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report made public on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 'Somalis want empowerment, not Western handouts'
    17 march 2008 10:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Despite their charity to the needy in Somalia, Western humanitarian agencies are allegedly nurturing a culture of dependence that is likely to weaken the ongoing, albeit fragile, reconciliation process in the war-ravaged Horn of Africa country, according to a local analyst. Full text...

  • UN envoy lauds Somalia Government's willingness to talk with opposition
    13 march 2008 20:55:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The top United Nations envoy to Somalia has welcomed the n ews that the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) says it is ready to hold talk s with the opposition in the Horn of Africa nation which has not had a functionin g government since 1991. Full text...

  • UNHCR: Somalia still seen as having 'worst humanitarian crisis on earth'
    07 march 2008 16:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Despite international efforts to end the Somali conflict that has spanned two decades, the Horn of African nation still retains tag of the country with the the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today, UN humanitarian agency, UNHCR, says in its March-April 2007 newsletter made available to PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia calls for support of peace-building efforts in Somalia
    25 february 2008 17:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia Monday called on member states of the Af rican Union (AU) and the international community to renew their efforts towards p roviding an all-inclusive support and cooperation to the Transitional Federal Go v ernment (TFG) of Somalia in view of the improving security situation in the Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • AU summit crucial for Somali peacekeeping operation
    30 january 2008 21:46:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The powerful alliance on Somalia, the Contact Group, has announced plans for a phased withdrawal of the Ethiopian troops in Somalia and launched a joint plan with the African Union to encourage states to provide more troops. Full text...

  • AU mulls Somalia reconstruction roadmap
    24 january 2008 16:23:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Despite its frustrating attempts to restore calm and sanity in bedevilled Somalia, the African Union (AU) intends to initiate a peace-building roadmap that would embrace all internal and external stakeholders in the country 's future, a top AU official said. Full text...

  • PSC pays tribute to Ugandan peacekeepers in Somalia
    21 january 2008 17:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the Afric an Union (AU) has paid tribute to the Ugandan peacekeeping contingent for the wo r k it has acomplished in strife-torn Somalia despite the challenging conditions o n the ground. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns shooting of Somali journalist
    12 january 2008 15:20:00
    Dakar-Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based media freedom watchdog, Committee to P rotect Journalists (CPJ), has condemned the shooting of a Somali journalist, Abd i kheyr Mohammed Jama, and called on authorities to "thoroughly investigate" the m a tter, a CPJ press release made available to PANA here Saturday said. Full text...

  • Two abducted Libyan diplomats freed in Somalia
    05 january 2008 19:57:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The two Libyan diplomats who were abducted Saturday morning, in the Bakara market in Mogadishu, Somalia, were freed unharmed later in the day, the Libyan press agency, JANA, reported, citing sources close to the people's general committee (ministry) for External Relations and International Cooperation. Full text...

  • Somali journalist held without charge
    28 december 2007 14:02:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A news reporter who took photographs of French journalist Gwen LeGouil in custody with his kidnappers in Somalia's semi-autonomous north-eastern region of Puntland has been detained since Sunday without charge, local journalists told the Committee to Project Journalists (CPJ). Full text...

  • Burundian troops depart for Somalia
    24 december 2007 11:27:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A group of 96 Burundian soldiers Monday left Bujumbura for Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, where they are expected to be deployed under the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in the Horn of Africa nation, army spokesman, Lt. Full text...

  • UN envoy slams Security Council over slow action on Somalia
    18 december 2007 20:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- United Nations Special envoy to Somalia Ould-Abdallah on Tuesday criticised the Security Council for failing to act tough in Somalia, saying its decision to act selectively on conflicts was eroding the world body's image. Full text...

  • Somali pirates hijack Italian cargo ship
    17 december 2007 09:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia's notorious sea pirates have hijacked an Italian cargo ship en route to Kenya, days after releasing a Japanese ship, a senior international maritime official said here Monday. Full text...

  • Burundi waiting for money to send forces to Somalia
    14 december 2007 14:05:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi is still waiting for the financial contribut ion promised by Britain to be made available before sending two battalions to So m alia, the spokesman for the Ministry of National Defence and Veterans, Lieutenan t -Colonel Adolphe Manirakiza, said Thursday. Full text...

  • 'Somali war victims denied access to medical facilities'
    07 december 2007 12:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Children and pregnant women injured by shells and stray bullets in Somalia capital, Mogadishu, are being turned away from accessing medical facilities at security checkpoints, aid workers said Friday. Full text...

  • EU parliament demands Somali war crimes probe
    23 november 2007 21:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The European Union Parliament has called for a probe of the war crimes in Somalia and the immediate withdrawal of Ethiopian troops in th a t country, saying their presence is aggravating the humanitarian catastrophe the r e. Full text...

  • UNHCR says displaced Somalis living in squalor
    07 november 2007 08:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Thousands of newly-displaced Somalis are living in extre mely harsh conditions, a UN inter-agency team that travelled at the weekend to A f gooye, a small town west of Mogadishu, said in a statement here Wednesday. Full text...

  • 90,000 Somalis flee from renewed fighting in Mogadishu
    01 november 2007 15:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- About 90,000 Somalis have fled Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, to escape the latest round of fighting that followed last week resignation of Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gheedi, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNCHR) said here Thursday. Full text...

  • US calls for consensus PM for Somalia
    30 october 2007 07:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The US has called on Somalia's transitional government to cash in on the resignation of Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi to appoint a new Prime Minister that is acceptable to all stakeholders. Full text...

  • 'Ethiopian troops will not stay in Somalia forever'
    23 october 2007 12:53:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Tuesday reiterated his troops would not leave Somalia until conditions on the ground improved for the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to stand on its own feet. Full text...

  • US seeks protection for journalists in Somalia
    23 october 2007 07:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The United States has asked Somalia's transitional federal government to ensure the safety and protection of a free and independent media in the country, following the recent killing of another journalist in the Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • Koïchiro Matsuura condemns murder of Somali journalist
    22 october 2007 17:22:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura Monday condemned the murder of Somali journalist, Bashir Nur Gedi, who was killed in his house 19 October, an official source told PANA. Full text...

  • UN envoy welcomes reconciliation talks between Somali rival factions
    05 october 2007 18:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations Friday welcomed the interim Somali government's move to work together with all opposition groups in the war-ravaged country as part of the ongoing political reintegration process. Full text...

  • US plans Eritrea sanctions over Somali insurgents
    20 september 2007 18:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The US may designate Eritrea a state sponsor of terrorism for its backing for insurgents fighting the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG), a US envoy hinted here Thursday. Full text...

  • US pushes for strict adherence to Somali peace road map
    20 september 2007 18:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The US Thursday urged the rival Somali factions to unite in the search for peace and implement the country's new peace road map, which envisages its first post-war democratic elections in 2009. Full text...

  • UN's new Special Envoy pledges fair approach to Somali peace
    19 september 2007 14:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed prominent Mauritanian diplomat Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah as his Special Envoy to Somalia, replacing former Guinean Prime Minister Francois Lonseny Fall. Full text...

  • CPJ urges Somali Transitional Govt. to protect journalists
    18 september 2007 09:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the Somali Transitional Government to protect journalists in the country, instead of persecuting them. Full text...

  • EU congratulates Riyadh over Somali Accord
    17 september 2007 15:08:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) Monday hailed the Accord on Somalia, signed Sunday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, an official source said here. Full text...

  • US urges greater involvement in Somali peace process
    31 august 2007 11:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The US Friday called for urgent deployment of additional troops to Somalia to help provide security to the troubled country and urged the international community to lend a hand in securing peace in the country. Full text...

  • UN seeks relief assistance for Sudan, Somalia
    28 august 2007 20:44:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN on Tuesday appealed for funds to help victims of flood disaster in Sudan and to boost food aid in Somalia where there poor harvest is widespread. Full text...

  • Journalist killed in Somali vehicle ambush
    25 august 2007 13:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A young reporter returning from a journalism training workshop in the Somali capital of Mogadishu was Friday dead in southwestern Somalia when clan militiamen ambushed his vehicle, according to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSJ). Full text...

  • Rival Somali factions declare intentions for peace
    22 august 2007 20:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Rival Somali factions meeting in Mogadishu to find ways of resolving political differences and adopt a new power- sharing deal, have signed a declaration of peace accord, meant to end months of hostilities, a Somali envoy said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN Security Council extends AU mission in Somalia
    21 august 2007 19:56:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution on Monday to extend its authorisation of the African Union (AU) mission in Somalia by a further six months. Full text...

  • Ethiopia, US decry murder of Somali journalists
    14 august 2007 08:52:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia has deplored last Saturday's murder of two prominent Somali journalists in Mogadishu, blaming extremists operating in the Horn of Africa country for the bloodshed. Full text...

  • HRW alleges 'rampant' war crimes in Somalia
    13 august 2007 20:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday that all parties in the Somali conflict engaged in rampant war crimes, calling on the UN Security Council to "include a strong civilian protection mandate in any peacekeeping mission''. Full text...

  • 27,000 on the move again as Mogadishu insecurity spreads
    06 august 2007 17:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Fresh insecurity concerns in the battered Somali capital of Mogadishu have triggered an exodus of nearly 27,000 people, who are on the move again from neighbouring towns as the domino effect of renewed fighting takes its toll on far-flung towns, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said in statement here Monday. Full text...

  • UNICEF warns against land mines risk in Somalia
    03 august 2007 19:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali children are at greater risk of armed combatants and unexploded ordinances, commonly known as land mines, which continue to threaten the security of the country's most vulnerable groups, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) said Friday. Full text...

  • EU grants 10 million euros of aid to Somalia
    31 july 2007 20:49:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) granted humanitarian aid worth 10 million euros for Somali populations victimised by the combined effects of 16 years of conflicts and unfavourable climatic conditions in Somalia, an EU communiqué said in Brussels. Full text...

  • Kenya partially lifts Somalia commercial flights ban
    25 july 2007 14:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will partially restore commercial flights to Somalia from 1 August, subject to new stringent security measures, according to Kenyan aviation authorities. Full text...

  • UN extends experts’ stay in Somalia to track arms
    24 july 2007 14:27:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to extend, by six months, the mandate of a group of experts monitoring the flow of arms to and through Somalia. Full text...

  • Belgium disfavours Burundi's military project in Somalia
    23 july 2007 22:13:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Belgium is reluctant to support Burundi's ambition to participate in the peacekeeping operation in Somalia, Belgian cooperation minister, André Flahaut, declared Monday in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • 10,000 fleeing Mogadishu violence weekly
    23 july 2007 11:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The return of people to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, has reversed with almost 10,000 people leaving the city in the last week alone, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said here Monday. Full text...

  • US calls for new peace roadmap as Somali talks resume
    20 july 2007 11:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United States Friday welcomed the resumption of the Somali National Reconciliation Conference and urged Somali parties to work towards a peace roadmap to move the Horn of African country away from anarchy. Full text...

  • 'Funds paucity may stall Somalia's reconciliation efforts'
    17 july 2007 10:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali Prime Minister Ali Ghedi has warned that the country's first major attempt to reconcile rival factions opposed to his government may flop due to the non-release of the funds pledged by the European Union and the US government. Full text...

  • UN happy with Somalia peace moves
    14 july 2007 10:42:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed happiness with the plan by the people of Somalia to commence a National Reconciliation Congress. Full text...

  • UN happy with Somalia peace moves
    13 july 2007 19:05:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed happiness with the people of Somalia to commence a National Reconciliation Congress expected to kick off this weekend in Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Humanitarian crisis deepens as 3,500 flee Mogadishu
    28 june 2007 12:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 3,500 people fled the Somali capital Mogadishu this month following an escalation of violence in the coastal city, UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said in a statement issued here Thursday. Full text...

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