Somalia: Security Council welcomes progress in peace process

The United Nations Security Council today expressed its support for ongoing regional efforts to reach a comprehensive and lasting settlement of the situation in Somalia.

Annan urges Somali factions to pursue peace

With insecurity persisting in Somalia, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has called on the international community to back efforts to end the country's conflict, while emphasizing that its leaders hold the main responsibility for reaching this goal.

Somalia: Annan welcomes signing of declaration on cessation of hostilities

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today hailed the signing of an accord outlining a future course towards peace in Somalia, and urged the warring factions there to lay down their arms.

UN refugee agency to close sixth camp as Somalis leave Ethiopia

As the last of some 18,000 Somali refugees return home from a camp in eastern Ethiopia, the United Nations refugee agency today said it plans to close the facility, the sixth of eight in Ethiopia to be shut down.

UN will increase support to Somalia if security improves in the country - Annan

Secretary-General, Kofi Annan today said the United Nations would increase humanitarian and development assistance to Somalia if its parties and leaders guaranteed access to those in need and the safety to humanitarian workers in the country.

UN urges Somalis to adopt humanitarian principles at upcoming peace talks

On the eve of Somali peace and reconciliation talks set to start tomorrow in Eldoret, Kenya, the United Nations is calling on those attending to adopt a set of humanitarian principles which would facilitate the delivery of relief supplies in the war-ravaged nation, where insecurity is blocking aid efforts.

Security Council encourages Somali parties to use talks to end fighting

The United Nations Security Council today strongly backed the national reconciliation process for Somalia being launched on Tuesday in Eldoret Town, Kenya, under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

Security Council urges Somalis to participate ‘constructively’ in reconciliation talks

Members of the United Nations Security Council have urged the parties in Somalia to participate “constructively” in an upcoming national reconciliation conference in Kenya.

Somalia: UN rushes in relief aid following fire in displaced persons camp

The United Nations, working with local authorities, has dispatched urgent aid in response to a disastrous fire affecting approximately 400 families in a camp for displaced persons in the Puntland region of Somalia.

Concerned over rising violence in Somalia, UN official urges peaceful settlement

Reacting with concern to intensifying violence in Somalia, a senior United Nations official in the country today urged factions to settle their differences peacefully.