Somalia -
  • Djibouti seeks COMESA input on Somalia conflict
    22 may 2007 14:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Ismael Omar Guelleh of Djibouti Tuesday appealed to COMESA leaders gathered in Nairobi to press for inclusive dialogue towards genuine reconciliation efforts in order to end the security crisis facing Somalia. Full text...

  • UN official alerts Security Council on Somalia
    22 may 2007 11:06:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes has called on the Security Council to speed up efforts to stop violence in Somalia. Full text...

  • Kenya, Libya discuss Accra AU summit
    21 may 2007 20:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Visiting Libyan Minister for African Affairs, Ali Abdusalam, met here Monday with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, on wide ranging issues, including the forthcoming African Union (AU) Summit in Ghana, and Kenya-Libya economic cooperation. Full text...

  • Kenya nabs nine illegal immigrants from Somalia
    19 may 2007 13:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Police in the Kenya/Ethiopia border town of Moyale Saturday intercepted and arrested nine illegal immigrants of Somali origin who are alleged to have sneaked into the country through the porous border en-route to Nairobi. Full text...

  • US appoints envoy for Somalia
    18 may 2007 16:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The US has appointed a new special envoy for Somalia to coordinate regional initiatives aimed at bringing peace in the country reeling from 16 years of anarchy. Full text...

  • Four AU peacekeepers killed in Somalia
    16 may 2007 12:09:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Four Ugandan Africa Union (AU) peacekeepers died Wednesday when their convoy came under attack by unknown gunmen in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the AU mission's commanding officer, Colonel Peter Elwelu said. Full text...

  • Museveni says Somalia first needs peacemaking
    15 may 2007 20:37:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda Tuesday blamed the faltering efforts to bring peace in Somalia on the traditional peacekeeping United Nations (UN) than peacemaking, a misconception keeping other countries away. Full text...

  • UN Humanitarian boss calls for a stronger AU force in Somalia
    15 may 2007 15:44:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- United Nations Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Sir John Holmes, Tuesday told his host President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda to strengthen the peacekeeping force in Somalia. Full text...

  • Kenya faults deployment of foreign troops in Somalia
    09 may 2007 13:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is opposed to the current deployment of peace keeping troops to the troubled horn of African state of Somalia and is maintaining that sustainable peace and stability in the country would only be ensured through a national reconciliation process. Full text...

  • Somali IDPs narrate appalling plight to UNHCR
    07 may 2007 13:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, Judy Cheng –Hopkins, has expressed shock at the living conditions of people who have been displaced after fleeing the recent heavy fighting in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. Full text...

  • Italy assists IDPs in Somalia
    04 may 2007 14:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Italian government has sent 15 tonnes of relief supplies to war-displaced Somalis, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR has said. Full text...

  • UN agency decries squalor in Somali IDP camps
    04 may 2007 12:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Although guns have temporarily gone silent in the anarchic Somali capital Mogadishu, assistant High Commissioner for Operations at the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Judy Cheng-Hopkins, said here Friday the squalid living conditions of internally displaced persons (IDP) in the horn of Africa country were deplorable. Full text...

  • UN Security Council mulls peacekeepers for Somalia
    01 may 2007 10:00:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Security Council is making moves for the deployment of peacekeepers in Somalia "very soon". Full text...

  • AU peacekeepers call for humanitarian assistance in Somalia
    30 april 2007 14:13:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Ugandan contingent with the African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in Somalia has called for urgent humanitarian assistance in the war-torn country, especially the capital Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Konare laments over sorry state of Somalia
    27 april 2007 18:35:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) – The absence of a permanen-t force on standby remains Africa's undoing to avert escalation of conflicts, Africa Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Alpha Konare observed here Friday as he regretted the escalated violence in Somalia due to delayed peacekeeping force build-up. Full text...

  • UNICEF condemns shelling of Mogadishu hospital
    27 april 2007 13:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UNICEF on Friday condemned the mortar shelling of a Mogadishu hospital, and called for full access for relief aid to the thousands of civilians fleeing the fighting in war- scarred city. Full text...

  • Ban tasks world leaders on Somalia
    27 april 2007 09:37:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to step up efforts to bring stability to Somalia. Full text...

  • Egypt donates food to Sudan's Darfur, Somalia
    26 april 2007 19:37:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Egypt has donated more than 250 tonnes of food items to war victims in Sudan's western region of Darfur, and Somalia, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said in a statement here Thursday. Full text...

  • UNHCR aids 35,000 IDPs in tiny Somali town
    26 april 2007 11:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency said here Thursday it is constrained to provide relief to 35,000 Somalis who have fled fighting in Mogadishu to a small town of Afgooye, some 30-km west of the Somali capital. Full text...

  • Relief agencies resume operations in Somalia
    24 april 2007 17:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Relief agencies have resumed operations in Somalia, despite intensified fighting that has killed some 300 people in the capital Mogadishu, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said in a statement here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Somalia troubles UN
    24 april 2007 09:26:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The United Nations has expressed concern over the escalation of violence in Somalia, which has claimed hundreds of lives and led thousands to flee their homes. Full text...

  • UN aid agencies alarm humanitarian crisis in Somalia
    20 april 2007 20:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN aid agencies operating in Somalia Friday decried the worsening humanitarian catastrophe in the Horn of Africa nation, saying attempts to reach millions of people in need have been thwarted by the escalation in fighting. Full text...

  • Kenya to mediate Eritrea-Somalia-Ethiopia crisis
    13 april 2007 19:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is to mediate in the crisis involving Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, after angry exchanges at an Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) ministerial meeting here Friday, Kenyan Foreign Minister Raphael Tuju said. Full text...

  • IGAD Ministers urge speedy deployment of AU peacekeepers in Somalia
    13 april 2007 18:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Foreign Ministers of the seven-nation Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), called here Friday for the urgent deployment of the remaining African Union (AU) peacekeepers in Somalia to check the escalating violence in the war-torn country. Full text...

  • Top AU official urges 'inclusive' dialogue in Somalia
    13 april 2007 17:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) – The planned National Recon-ciliation Conference of Somalis, seen as a key precondition for the deployment of peacekeepers in the war-ravished nation, should be all inclusive, African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Said Djinit, said here Friday. Full text...

  • Somalia sets free 29 terror suspects
    12 april 2007 10:03:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Somalia is to set free a group of 29 terror suspects of different nationalities who have been in custody in neighbouring Ethiopia, Somali Ambassador Abdikarin Farah has said. Full text...

  • Climate, Darfur crisis atop UN Security Council agenda
    05 april 2007 18:43:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Climate change and the lingering conflict in Sudan's Darfur region will top the working agenda UN Security Council in April. Full text...

  • International Contact Group condemns threats to AMISOM
    04 april 2007 13:18:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The International Contact Group on Somalia Wednesday condemned any threats or hostile action against the deployment of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Full text...

  • Museveni, Afewerki agree on AU mission in Somalia
    03 april 2007 11:40:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni has roped in the support of Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki for the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia, according to official sources here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ugandan soldier killed in Somalia
    02 april 2007 11:39:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda on Sunday lost a soldier in one of the most intensive fighting witnessed in Somalia in 15 years, according to military officials here Monday. Full text...

  • Egyptian FM urges urgent international intervention in Somalia
    02 april 2007 08:25:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) – Egyptian Foreign Affairs Min-ister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, has called on the United Nations (UN), The African Union (AU) and the Arab League to urgently intervene in Somalia to end the violence there, the Egyptian media reported Monday. Full text...

  • Burundi troops 'ready' for Somalia duties
    29 march 2007 09:59:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Africa Union (AU) peacekeeping force in Somalia is expected to get a boost as Burundi has revealed its readiness to deploy troops in the troubled Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • 18 Somali troops freed by militia
    28 march 2007 21:39:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Eighteen government solders captured in last week's fighting between the Somalia transitional government forces and the dominant Hawiye clan fighters have been released, according to the Africa Union (AU) Peacekeeping Mission sources. Full text...

  • Ugandan army links Somali insurgency to Al-Qeada
    25 march 2007 16:47:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan military authorities have described current violence in Somalia, as "terrorist attacks typical of the Al-Qeada organisation". Full text...

  • Scores injured in renewed fighting in Mogadishu
    21 march 2007 15:47:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Fighting characterized by exchange of heavy artillery between insurgents and Somalia government forces intensified Wednesday in capital Mogadishu, leaving scores dead and several injured, according to sources. Full text...

  • AU deplores renewed violence in Mogadishu
    21 march 2007 15:06:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) has expressed concern at the fluctuating situation in Somalia following Wednesday's flare-up in the capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • President Ahmed sees early normalcy in Somalia
    21 march 2007 12:23:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Somalia's return to normalcy is on course, according to President Abdullahi Ahmed, who is steering the crisis-wracked Horn of Africa country's brittle transition to governance and the rule of law. Full text...

  • Somali PM promises arms-free Mogadishu
    14 march 2007 17:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Somali Transitional Government will continue with its military clean-up in the capital Mogadishu to flush out remnants of the Union of Islamic Courts and rid the city of weapons, Prime Minister Ali Ghedi said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Uganda explains fire on AU Somali Mission plane
    09 march 2007 15:44:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- One of the aircraft transporting African Union (AU) peacekeepers to the Somali capital Mogadishu, caught fire on Friday, but there was no death or injury, according to Ugandan army spokesman, Captain Paddy Ankunda. Full text...

  • UNICEF urges reduction of high maternal mortality in Somalia
    08 march 2007 16:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN children's agency, UNICEF Thursday called for intensified efforts to stem the high maternal mortality rate of 1,013 deaths per 100,000 live births in Somalia. Full text...

  • Two Ugandan AU peacekeepers wounded in Mogadishu attack
    08 march 2007 10:10:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Two Ugandan soldiers were wounded late Wednesday after they were attacked by suspected Islamist hardliners on the streets of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, a day after their arrival in the country to commence a peacekeeping mission under the auspices of the Africa Union (AU), according to official sources Thursday. Full text...

  • Uganda troops in Mogadishu on AU peacekeeping mission
    07 march 2007 20:42:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia is getting initially settled with more Ugandan troops being flown in since the first batch of 300 landed there early Tuesday, according to Captain Paddy Ankunda, spokesman of the mission. Full text...

  • Somali govt negotiates release of hostages with pirates - envoy
    07 march 2007 20:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Somali transitional federal government is negotiating with the pirates who hijacked a World Food Programme (WFP) ship to release the vessel's 12-member crew, the Somali Ambassador to Kenya, Mohammed Ali Noor, said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Uganda military dismiss reports on Mogadishu troops attack
    07 march 2007 17:00:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A spokesman for the Ugandan contingent of the African Peacekeeping force in Somalia has dismissed as pure rumours reports that the contingent came under attack upon landing at Mogadishu airport on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Uganda military dismiss reports on Mogadishu troops attack
    07 march 2007 16:58:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A spokesman for the Ugandan contingent of the African Peacekeeping force in Somalia has dismissed as pure rumours reports that the contingent came coming under attack upon landing at Mogadishu airport on Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU, Somalia sign deal on African peacekeeping status
    07 march 2007 10:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Somalia's population is committed to cooperate with peacekeeping troops of the African Union (AU) in order to create a conducive environment for reconstruction and development of the war-ravaged country, Somali Ambassador to the AU, Abdikarin Farah, has said. Full text...

  • Four Somaliland journalists sentenced to jail
    06 march 2007 13:06:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Four journalists from the leading independent Haatuf daily in the northern breakaway republic of Somaliland were on Sunday sent to jail and their paper's license indefinitely revoked after publishing stories that were allegedly critical of President Dahir Rayale Kahin, according to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), Tuesday. Full text...

  • Uganda's Museveni downplays threat by Somali Islamists
    27 february 2007 19:46:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni Tuesday down played threats by Somali Islamists, saying his country's participation in the Africa Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia was to help rebuild the war-torn country. Full text...

  • UN Security Council approves AU peacekeeping mission for Somalia
    21 february 2007 09:17:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Security Council has authorised an African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission for Somalia for an initial six months. Full text...

  • Burundi to send two battalions of peacekeepers to Somalia
    16 february 2007 16:22:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi plans to send two batallions of 1,700 troops, as part of the estimated 8,000-strong African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission to Somalia, National Defence Minister Germain Niyoyankana said here Friday. Full text...

Special File - Somalia

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