Somalia -
  • 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...

  • 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...

Special File - Somalia

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