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  • Somali militia release abducted UN worker
    09 february 2004 11:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN has confirmed the release of staff member and German national Rolf Helmrich, who was abducted last month by an armed militia group in Somalia. Full text...

  • Abducted UN staff still held in Somalia
    07 february 2004 11:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme (UNDP) staff, German national Rolf Helmrich, who was abducted in Mogadishu a week ago is still being held by an armed militia group in the lower Juba region of southern Somalia, a UN official said Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenyan minister warns Somali warlords
    04 february 2004 15:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Defiant Somali warlords will be punished and sanctioned once the UN Security Council endorses the Transitional Federal Charter signed in Nairobi last Thursday, Kenyan foreign minister Kalonzo Musyoka announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kibaki nudges Somali leader to uphold peace accord
    29 january 2004 17:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has urged Somali factional leaders to fully implement the declaration on amendments to the Transitional Federal Charter of the Somali Republic, paving the way for peace in the country. Full text...

  • Somalis sign deal on new parliament
    29 january 2004 15:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali warlords and politicians Thursday signed an agreement to set up a new parliament that will elect a president as part of efforts to restore peace to their country that has had no central authority for 13 years. Full text...

  • Somalis agree to form new parliament
    29 january 2004 12:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali warlords and politicians are due to sign a deal Thursday to set up a new parliament that will elect a president for their country that has had no central authority for 13 years. Full text...

  • World Bank, UNDP unveil study on Somalia
    14 january 2004 09:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Bank and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have unveiled a new survey providing an overview of social and economic development in troubled Somalia. Full text...

  • Summit on Somali conflict opens in Nairobi
    09 january 2004 16:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- After several hours of delay, a regional summit on the Somali conflict finally opened in Nairobi Friday with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni in attendance. Full text...

  • UN agencies urge Somali warlords for restraint
    07 january 2004 16:27:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Preparing a new phase in the drive to help 90,000 people suffering from severe drought in northern Somalia, UN humanitarian agencies are appealing to rival local administrations to refrain from any violence that could disrupt the operation. Full text...

  • EU supports IGAD to revive Somali peace talks
    17 december 2003 21:01:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union Wednesday hailed IGAD (the Intergovernmental Authority on Development) for plans to convene a meeting of Somali leaders in Kenya in a move to prepare the third and last phase of the inter-Somali dialogue, but warned Somalis to be tolerant and have an inclusive approach. Full text...

  • Kenya sues for speedy resolution of Somali conflict
    08 december 2003 14:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Foreign minister Kalonzo Musyoka has appealed to the international community to redouble its efforts in resolving Somalia's internal conflict. Full text...

  • UN urges greater support for Somali arms embargo
    04 december 2003 07:27:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has called for greater international support for enhanced implementation of the arms embargo on Somalia after hearing a report that the lack of an effective central government had provided opportunities for the activities of international terrorist organisations in the country. Full text...

  • Somali peace talks in financial crisis
    01 december 2003 18:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Somali Peace talks are facing serious financial problems due to dwindling donor funding caused by the lack of a strategic framework to guide the reconciliation process, Kenyan Foreign Minister Kalonzo Musyoka said in Nairobi Monday. Full text...

  • WFP food for Somali drought victims
    25 november 2003 11:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) announced Tuesday it will expand operations in Somalia's northern Sool Plateau in response to the worst drought to hit the region since 1981. Full text...

  • Ghana beat Somalia 2-0 in second leg World Cup match
    19 november 2003 22:19:00
    Accra- Ghana -- PANA - The Black Stars of Ghana on Wednesday defeated their Somali counterparts 2-0 in the second leg of their World Cup preliminary round qualifier played at the Kumasi Sports Stadium in central Ghana. ) Full text...

  • World Cup qualifier: Ghana 2 Somalia 0
    19 november 2003 20:03:00
    Kumasi- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana on Wednesday beat Somalia 2-0 in their second leg World Cup qualifier played at the Kumasi Sports Stadium. Full text...

  • UN probes violations of arms ban on Somalia
    18 november 2003 17:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has ordered an investigation into serious violations of its 1992 arms ban on Somalia, blamed for the escalation in the country's civil war, a UN official said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ghana hammer Somalia 5-0 in World Cup qualifier
    16 november 2003 20:16:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana on Sunday hammered Somalia 5-0 in their first leg World Cup qualifier played at the Accra Sports Stadium in the capital. Full text...

  • UN representative warns of looming disaster in Somalia
    30 october 2003 19:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN humanitarian coordinator for Somalia Maxwell Gaylard has warned that poor Deyr rains in the country's Sool Plateau could lead to a humanitarian disaster affecting some 15,500 pastoralist families. Full text...

  • IGAD committee calls another Somalia peace meeting
    30 october 2003 07:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A 10-day meeting of Somali leaders opens here 20 November under the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), it was announced in the Kenyan capital. Full text...

  • Somali delegates optimistic about peace prospects
    28 october 2003 19:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Despite the recent killings in their homeland, Somali delegates attending peace talks in Nairobi remain optimistic about prospects for a breakthrough. Full text...

  • IGAD rejects Somalia TNG call to move talks from Kenya
    24 october 2003 20:21:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- An Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit ended here Friday after rejecting calls by Somalia's transitional government (TNG) to find a neutral venue rather than Kenya for its peace talks and exclude Ethiopia from the peace process. Full text...

  • IGAD summit to issue new road map for Somalia
    23 october 2003 20:18:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A two-day summit of the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) opens here Friday amid expectation that it will give a new impetus to the stalled Somalia peace talks. Full text...

  • Kenya bans livestock movements on Somali-Ethiopia borders
    22 october 2003 19:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Authorities in Kenya's north eastern region bordering Somalia and Ethiopia have imposed livestock movement ban following an outbreak of rinderpest in the area. Full text...

  • UN official decries Somali murders
    22 october 2003 10:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Resident Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator here, Maxwell Gaylard, has condemned the murder of two British international aid workers killed by unknown gunmen in Somalia. Full text...

  • Security Council panel to verify Somali arms embargo
    01 october 2003 09:38:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- In a move to enforce the arms embargo on crisis-torn Somalia, members of the UN Security Council committee overseeing the sanctions have planned a two-week trip to the Horn of Africa, beginning 12 October. Full text...

  • Aid agencies condemn killing of Kenyan worker in Somalia
    26 september 2003 10:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Aid agencies working in Somalia Friday protested last week's killing of a Kenyan working in the war-torn nation. Full text...

  • Hargeisa Airport closure averted
    26 september 2003 09:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Hargeisa Airport will remain operational for another six months, after urgently needed funds were provided by UNDP and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to proceed with emergency patchwork, a statement from UNDP in Nairobi disclosed Friday. Full text...

  • Somalia has best chance to curb HIV/AIDS
    24 september 2003 15:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali communities, local authorities and international partners have an opportunity to ensure that HIV/AIDS did not spiral out of control in their country, UNICEF Somalia Representative Jesper Morch said Wednesday here. Full text...

  • International peace force required in Somalia
    16 september 2003 12:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An international peacekeeping force will be required after a new government is formed in the trouble-ridden Somalia, a Kenyan official said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Somalis urged to observe peace day
    02 september 2003 13:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN secretary general's representative to Somalia Winston Tubman and the country's resident and humanitarian co-ordinator have called upon all Somalis to stop all acts of aggression. Full text...

  • UN independent expert for human rights assesses Somalia
    28 august 2003 20:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Somalia, Ghanim Alnajjar is on an 11-day mission to meet with diplomats, local authorities, civil society representatives and international organisations in Nairobi and different regions of Somalia. Full text...

  • Japan to assist internally displaced people in Somalia
    22 august 2003 15:26:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Japan and the United Nations agreed Friday to extend a 1. Full text...

  • Security Council gets arms embargo report on Somali factions
    21 august 2003 16:04:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Security Council Wednesday received the mid-term report from its panel of experts probing violations of the arms embargo in Somalia, calling on all parties to cooperate with the four-member team. Full text...

  • Unknown attackers kill ex-Somaliland minister
    06 august 2003 20:35:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- A former assistant education minister in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland, Mohamed Osman Haddi, was fatally shot on Wednesday in Hargeisa, the capital of the breakaway region, after unknown gunmen attacked his vehicle, a security official said. Full text...

  • Aideed chides Somalia's interim president for snubbing talks
    02 august 2003 10:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The withdrawal of Somalia's Transitional National Government (TNG) president, Abdikassim Salad Hassan, from the ongoing Somali National Peace and Reconciliation conference here has been described as "individualistic and tantamount to throwing the baby with the bath water". Full text...

  • AU moots peacekeeping force for Somalia
    01 august 2003 16:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) is in the process of sending a transitional peacekeeping force to Somalia as part of the country's reconciliation and peace-building process, AU special envoy to Somalia, Muhammad Ali Foum hinted here Friday. Full text...

  • Unknown gunmen attack hotel hosting AU mission
    29 july 2003 18:20:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Unknown gunmen Monday night attacked the Sahafi international hotel hosting the African Union military mission currently in Mogadishu to hold talks with Somali warring factions about the disarmament programme of Somalia immediately following the formation of a new Somali interim government. Full text...

  • Somaliland, Ethiopia hold economic cooperation talks
    29 july 2003 18:04:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- The president of the self-declared republic of Somaliland, Col. Full text...

  • Egypt condemns the burning of its flag in Mogadishu
    23 july 2003 19:45:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- The Egyptian Embassy in Mogadishu has condemned an incident in which supporters of a Somali factional leader, Mohamed Dere, burnt the Egyptian flag and a portrait of President Hosni Mubarak. Full text...

  • AU military mission in Somalia
    23 july 2003 12:56:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- An African Union (AU) military mission has arrived here to study the possibility of sending African troops to Somalia to disarm the warring militias when a federal government is formed at ongoing peace talks in Nairobi, Kenya. Full text...

  • 80 Somali refugees return home
    22 july 2003 20:44:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Some 80 Somali refugees from Dadab refugee camp in north-eastern Kenya have returned to the Somali central town of Galka'yo, 800 km north of the capital Mogadishu, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Trade fair opens in Somaliland
    21 july 2003 23:16:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- An 11-day international trade fair opened on Monday in Hargeysa, the capital of the self-declared republic of Somaliland. Full text...

  • Kenyan minister denies reported Ethiopia-Somalia rift
    17 july 2003 13:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Foreign Minister Kalonzo Musyoka explained in Nairobi Thursday there was no rift between Ethiopia and Somalia, requiring Kenya's mediation. Full text...

  • EU welcomes progress in Somali peace talks
    17 july 2003 12:59:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has welcomed the document signed by Somali leaders at the Mbaghati (Kenya) conference, on the peace process in war-torn Somalia. Full text...

  • Somali poet, Hadrawi launches Peace Rally
    17 july 2003 08:28:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Renowned Somali poet Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame alias Hadrawi, has launched in Mogadishu what he called "Hadrawi Peace Rally" an initiative by Somali artistes in support of the peace process in the war-ravaged country. Full text...

  • US fighter planes attack island off Somaliland
    16 july 2003 14:49:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- The government of the self-declared Somaliland Republic has claimed that US fighters on Sunday attacked one of its islands called Ebad. Full text...

  • New Somali clannish fighting leaves 43 dead, 90 wounded
    10 july 2003 13:24:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- At least 43 people were killed and 90 others got injured in clan-based clashes in Awl village of Somalia's central region of Mudug, according to reports reaching here via VHF radios and telephones. Full text...

  • AU encouraged by Somali peace process
    09 july 2003 19:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Joint efforts by Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya in support of the peace process in Somalia have won the commendation of the African Union. Full text...

  • Clan fighting claims 12 lives in Somalia
    05 july 2003 14:51:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- At least 12 people were killed and 15 others wounded following clan-based clashes in the Somali port town of Kismayo, some 500 km south of the capital Mogadishu. Full text...

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