Somalia -
  • 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...

  • EC names special envoy for Somalia
    18 june 2007 19:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The European Commission (EC) has appointed a career diplomat, Georges-Marc Andre as its special envoy for Somalia, an EC statement said Monday. Full text...

  • US, EU irked by closure of 3 Mogadishu broadcasters
    13 june 2007 17:57:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The US Wednesday rebuked Somali's Transitional Government over its recent closure of three broadcasters, warning such actions against the free press can deal a blow on the country's reconciliation efforts. Full text...

  • EU approves 4-million euros humanitarian aid for Somalia
    12 june 2007 20:23:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has approved an emergency humanitarian aid worth 4 million euros for Somalia, an EU statement affirmed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN official appeals for international aid for Somalia
    11 june 2007 22:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A senior UN official Monday called on the international community to team up and help the people of Somalia to move to a better future. Full text...

  • UN to send peacekeeping mission to Somalia
    08 june 2007 20:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN is to dispatch a peacekeeping mission to Somalia subject to Security Council's approval as part of a three-phased plan to return the troubled Horn of Africa nation to normalcy, a senior UN official said here Friday. Full text...

  • Delayed dialogue impedes democracy in Somalia - Museveni
    07 june 2007 21:34:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) – The delayed peace confere-nce between the Somali transitional government and the militant Islamist groups is hampering progress toward restoration of democratic governance in that war-torn country, according to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Full text...

  • US condemns attempt on Somali premier's life
    05 june 2007 19:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The US has condemned the attempted assassination of Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi, in an incident that left at least seven people dead and 10 injured on Sunday. Full text...

  • UNESCO condemns killing of Somali journalists
    24 may 2007 10:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, Tuesday condemned the killing of two Somali radio journalists, Abshir Ali Gabre and Ahmed Hassan Mahad in Middle Shabelle province on 16 May, and called for improved safety of journalists in the war-torn country. Full text...

  • 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...

Special File - Somalia

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