Somalia -
  • Somali transitional govt suffers woes
    27 july 2006 20:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia's interim government showed signs of disintegration Thursday after 20 ministers resigned in protest, accusing the transitional government of failing to restore peace to their war-ravaged country. Full text...

  • Somali envoy warns threat of Union of Islamic Courts
    25 july 2006 19:41:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) that presently control the Somali capital Mogadishu is a fundamentalist group that threatens the stability of the sub- region, according to Abdikarran Farrah, ambassador of the Somalia Transitional Federal Government (TRG) in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • UN envoy appeals for restraint in Somalia
    22 july 2006 17:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN secretary-general special representative for Somalia, Francois Fall, has urged leaders of the Transitional Federal Government and the Supreme Council of the Islamic Courts to restrain their forces. Full text...

  • Somalia tense over looming militia incursion
    21 july 2006 08:48:00
    Baidoa- Somalia (PANA) -- Tension heightened in Baidoa, the Somali interim capital Thursday, as troops in armoured cars and military trucks believed to be from Ethiopia, advanced towards the fragile seat of power in an apparent move to prop the government. Full text...

  • Joint AU, IGAD mission urge Somalis to dialogue peace
    10 july 2006 23:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A joint African Union (AU) and IGAD (the Intergovernmental Authority in Development) fact-finding team arrived here Monday from a four-day mission to Somalia, where they urged warring factions to stop hostilities and concentrate on the dialogue set to begin in Khartoum. Full text...

  • Somali fighting worries international peace envoys
    10 july 2006 18:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali rivals must stop fighting and respect the agreements reached at the recent peace talks hosted by the Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir in Khartoum, a group of international peace envoys said here Monday. Full text...

  • Somali interim govt pushes reconciliation plan
    07 july 2006 08:38:00
    Baidoa- Somalia (PANA) -- The Somali interim government has appointed Mohamoud Mohamed Aden (Barbaar) as new governor for the Bay Region in central Somalia as part of its reconciliation and peace-building efforts, UN officials said here Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya trains Somali police recruits
    05 july 2006 11:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Police have finalised a three- month training for the first batch of 181 Somali police recruits, Kenyan Police Commissioner Major-Gen. Full text...

  • Eritrea is behind chaos in Somalia, says Meles
    27 june 2006 20:35:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Accusing Eritrea of sowing chaos and instability in the Horn of Africa sub-region, notably through the present disorder in Somalia, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi stated Tuesday that Ethiopia was well prepared to counter any threat on its borders. Full text...

  • UNICEF: calm in Mogadishu favours anti-polio campaign
    25 june 2006 10:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UNICEF says calm recently seen in Mogadishu allowed the humanitarian community to immunise 99% of children in the Somali capital under five years of age against polio. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns brutal murder of Swedish photographer
    23 june 2006 23:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed 'deep shock' over the killing of award- winning Swedish journalist and photographer Martin Adler, who was shot by an unidentified gunman while filming a demonstration in the Somali capital Mogadishu Friday. Full text...

  • Somali govt condemns Swedish journalist murder
    23 june 2006 22:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali government officials Friday condemned in the "strongest terms possible" the shooting to death of a Swedish journalist who was covering a pro-Islamic demonstration in the capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • US looks to Sudan to broker deadlock over Mogadishu
    22 june 2006 12:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United States has expressed confidence in Sudan’s ability to broker the deadlock over which group would legitimately rule Somali’s erstwhile capital, Mogadishu, which has been embroiled in fierce fighting since February. Full text...

  • Abdullahi affirms statehood of Somalia
    20 june 2006 19:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Despite the chaos that reigns in many parts of Somalia and a weak transitional federal government, President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed affirmed here Tuesday that his country has every attribute of statehood. Full text...

  • AU says Somalia needs peacekeeping force
    16 june 2006 11:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Condemning the fighting that has rocked Mogadishu for several weeks now, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has underlined the urgent need for deployment of a regional peacekeeping force in Somalia. Full text...

  • New fighting plunges Somalia into more distress
    15 june 2006 21:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- When an alliance of former warlords joined the newly formed Somali cabinet in October 2004, the Horn of Africa nation seemed to be on track toward achieving peace that eluded Somalis for nearly 15 years. Full text...

  • 10 Somalis killed as gunmen target presidential palace
    09 june 2006 19:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali gunmen opened fire at the home of interim President Abdulahi Yusuf early Friday, killing at least at least 10 people and wounding many others in a fresh flare up of fighting in Baidoa, the country's interim capital. Full text...

  • UN warns of rights violations in Somalia
    04 june 2006 10:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Humanitarian Affairs Saturday warned against human rights violations in Somalia, saying the recent indiscriminate shelling and fighting in Mogadishu and its environs have resulted in heavy human loss and untold suffering. Full text...

  • UN special envoy says Somali situation is pathetic
    30 may 2006 19:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN humanitarian advisor, Dennis McNamara Tuesday criticised persistent resistance by Somali authorities to allow United Nations aid agencies access Internally Displaced People's camps. Full text...

  • UN says Somali warlords may face war crime charges
    30 may 2006 14:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN on Tuesday expressed deep concern about the increasingly worrying reports of attacks targeting hospitals and medical facilities in the war-ravaged Somali capital of Mogadishu, and warned that it might consider pressing war crimes charges against the perpetrators. Full text...

  • EU grants Somalia 70 million Euro
    19 may 2006 19:44:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has granted 70 million Euro in aid to Somalia to strengthen the Horn of Africa nation's transition process and fight against poverty, an EU statement said here Friday. Full text...

  • Somali-born Dutch MP loses nationality
    17 may 2006 20:23:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been stripped of her Dutch nationality for masking a false statement to obtain political refugee status in The Netherlands, a Dutch official source announced. Full text...

  • IGAD suggests coordinated approach to end Somali chaos
    17 may 2006 16:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Foreign Minister Raphael Tuju Wednesday said IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) supported only a coordinated intervention in Somalia to avoid compromising the fragile situation in Mogadishu. Full text...

  • US donates emergency food aid to Somalia
    12 may 2006 23:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The US Agency for International Development, (USAID) Regional Office for East Africa, Friday announced the donation of 102,350 tons of emergency food aid to Somalia. Full text...

  • Somali President meets CEN-SAD Secretary General in Tripoli
    11 may 2006 20:31:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Somali President Abdallah Yusuf and Mohamed Al-Madani Al-Azhari, Secretary General of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), have discussed preparations for the 7th Summit of the organisation taking place in June in Libya. Full text...

  • UN envoy appeals for halt to Somali hostilities
    10 may 2006 15:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative to Somalia, François Lonseny Fall, Wednesday appealed for an end to hostilities in Mogadishu as the city entered its fourth day of violence between heavily armed militia forces. Full text...

  • Somali leader wants Kadhafi's role in peace process
    10 may 2006 09:20:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Visiting Somali President Abdallah Yussef has urged Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi to intervene personally for the setting up of a commission to follow up the peace process in Somalia. Full text...

  • Somali President in Tripoli
    08 may 2006 21:42:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Somali President Abdallah Yusuf arrived in Tripoli Monday evening on a visit to Libya, which would feature talks with Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi on preparations for the July African Union (AU) summit in Banjul, the Gambia, official sources said here. Full text...

  • Somalia is top priority for UN, says General Assembly President
    04 may 2006 17:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia will be the first African country to benefit from the UN reforms on the strengthening of institutions in post-conflict reconstruction, the UN General Assembly President Jan Eliasson, said here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN prepares Somali lawmakers for new legislative agenda
    04 may 2006 13:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations has convened weeklong talks for 250 Somali MPs in Baidoa (Somalia) to prepare them to handle the task of legislating laws for the Horn of Africa nation emerging from 15 years of political turmoil, a UN spokesperson said here on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN agencies launch appeal fund to reverse polio resurgence in Somalia
    02 may 2006 17:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN aid agencies Tuesday launched a new appeal for US$10 million to combat the resurgence of poliovirus in Somalia, blaming the return of the infectious disease on the failure to step up immunisation programmes. Full text...

  • Refugees face new restrictions in northern Kenya
    29 april 2006 11:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities have put in place tough new travel restrictions on refugees housed in the three northern Kenya-based UN High Commissioner for Refugees camps, who wish to seek advanced treatment outside the North Eastern administrative region. Full text...

  • Somali's first post war police offers graduate
    24 april 2006 19:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The first police officers from northeast and south Somalia to be trained in decades graduated from the recently established Armo Police Academy in Puntland on Monday, the UN said in a statement here. Full text...

  • Somalia reopens embassy in Ethiopia
    05 april 2006 09:40:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi has described the reopening of his country's embassy in Ethiopia on Tuesday as a sign of success of the leadership of the two neighbouring nations. Full text...

  • Kenya holds 20 illegal aliens from Somalia
    30 march 2006 19:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan marine security patrol on Thursday arrested 20 Somalis sailing in a boat within the country's territorial waters, off the tourist resort town of Malindi, as they reportedly tried to gain illegal entry into Kenya. Full text...

  • Somalia, EU sign a memorandum of understanding
    29 march 2006 20:52:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Somalia and the European Union have signed a memorandum of understanding to intensify cooperation between Brussels and Mogadishu, a communiqué issued in Brussels said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Somalia's fragile peace could flop, warns mediator
    27 march 2006 20:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia could relapse to full-scale civil disorder unless the UN Security Council and the regional InterGovernmental Authority on Development urgently moves to deploy a protection force there, Kenya's Somali peace mediator, Bethwel Kiplagat, said on Monday. Full text...

  • Somali Premier off to meet EU officials
    27 march 2006 17:32:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi, began a working visit here Monday during which he is expected to meet José Durao Barroso, the president of the European Commission, as well Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Assistance. Full text...

  • Fresh fighting uproots 3000 Somalis
    21 march 2006 21:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) – The number of Somalis flee-ing renewed fighting between the Transitional government and Mogadishu-based warlords has risen to some 3000, relief agencies and Kenya government officials confirmed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Hundreds of Somali refugees flee into Kenya
    20 march 2006 11:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 500 Somalis have entered Kenya in the past five days, after fleeing heavy fighting between the Somali transitional government forces and militia of local warlords, according to refuge agencies here. Full text...

  • IGAD censured over failure to deploy peacekeepers to Somalia
    13 march 2006 19:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A top Kenyan government official on Monday censured the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the regional body, for failing to deploy peacekeepers in Somalia a year after it was mandated to act. Full text...

  • Somali gunmen free abducted UN worker
    03 march 2006 16:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN has confirmed the release of a UNICEF staff, Robert McCarthy, who was abducted by Somali gunmen 1 March. Full text...

  • UN envoy appeals for end to Somali fighting
    23 february 2006 14:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations has appealed for calm in Somalia after four days of heavy fighting between gunmen loyal to warlords controlling the Somali capital and Islamic Court's security militia. Full text...

  • EU hails plan for Somali parliamentary session
    20 february 2006 20:54:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) Monday welcomed the announcement that the Somali federal parliament would meet 26 February in Baidoa at an extraordinary session. Full text...

  • Australia donates to tackle starvation in Kenya, Somalia
    16 february 2006 19:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Australia will provide 5 million Australian dollars for urgent humanitarian aid to Kenya and Somalia where millions of people are facing starvation, an official sources announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • ICRC intensifies drought relief operations in Ethiopia, Somalia
    15 february 2006 02:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced Wednesday that it was stepping up emergency operation to assist more than half a million famished people in areas hit by severe drought and armed violence in southern Ethiopia and Somalia. Full text...

  • Somali leaders agree to meet in Baidoa
    13 february 2006 19:43:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Following three days of closed doors meetings, Somali President Abdilahi Yusuf, his Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi and Speaker of Parliament Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan indicated on Monday that they have mended fences by agreeing to hold the first session of parliament in Somalia's south-central town of Baidoa. Full text...

  • Somali foreign minister on diplomatic offensive
    06 february 2006 17:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Foreign minister Abdullahi Sheikh Ismail of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia on Monday expressed hope that his country, with the assistance of members of the African Union and the international community, would soon emerge from its current state of disorder with a well-entrenched government. Full text...

  • UN welcomes moves to open Somali parliament in Baidoa
    30 january 2006 21:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations said Monday that it welcomed rival Somali leaders' announcement to hold Somalia's first parliamentary sitting in Baidoa, a southwestern town seen as a neutral ground for parties to the conflict. Full text...

  • Somalia's first parliamentary session set for Baidoa
    30 january 2006 20:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia's long-term hope for peace received a major boost Monday with rival leaders setting a tentative date for Parliament to convene inside the country for the first time on 26 February, Somali officials said here. Full text...

Special File - Somalia

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