Security Council deplores rising civilian deaths in Somalia

Deeply deploring the civilian deaths resulting from renewed fighting in Somalia, the Security Council today urged the country’s Government to reach out to all segments of the war-torn country’s society, while demanding that the warring parties allow relief aid to reach those in need.

Secretary-General calls for world’s assistance to bring stability to Somalia

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his grave concern about the intensified violence in Somalia, and called on the world to step up its assistance to the war-torn East African nation.

Somalia now world’s most dangerous place for aid workers, says UN official

Somalia has become the most dangerous place in the world for relief workers to operate, the United Nations humanitarian chief warned today, with none of the sides in the deadly fighting that has raged across the capital Mogadishu in recent weeks respecting the rules of war or making any allowance for aid operations.

Secretary-General urges end to deadly violence in Somalia

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an end to the violence raging in Somalia, where hundreds of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands of others forced to flee their homes in recent days.

Somalia: UN envoy concerned at rising tensions between Puntland and Somaliland

Reacting to rising tensions between Somalia’s autonomous Puntland region and self-declared Somaliland, the senior United Nations envoy to the country today called on all sides to allow humanitarian activities to continue unimpeded.

As fighting in Somalia intensifies, UN official voices concern for civilians

With fighting in Somalia is at its heaviest since the outbreak of war over a decade ago, the top United Nations humanitarian official today voiced deep concern over the dire situation in the war-torn country where civilians fleeing the capital, Mogadishu, have been harassed, threatened, raped and robbed.

Somalia: UN agency welcomes release of hijacked ship used to carry food aid

Calling on authorities to take action to curb piracy in Somali waters, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) hailed the release of a hijacked ship used for carrying food aid which had been hijacked in February off the coast of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in the northeast of the African country.

UN envoy cautions against forced disarmament before Somalia reconciliation congress

Welcoming plans to convene a national reconciliation congress for war-ravaged Somalia, the senior United Nations envoy to the country has cautioned against forced disarmament to facilitate holding the meeting in the capital, Mogadishu.

Alarmed by civilian deaths in Somali capital, UN rights chief urges protection

The top United Nations human rights official today expressed deep concern over the high number of Somali civilians killed and injured during the recent fighting in the capital, adding her voice to growing UN calls for all sides to respect international law and protect civilians, while also allowing emergency aid to get through to those in need.

Ban Ki-moon encouraged by ‘determined will of Arab leaders’ in seeking solutions

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon returned to United Nations Headquarters in New York today from a tour of the Middle East and said he was “encouraged by the very active support and determined will of Arab leaders” in tackling a variety of problems from the Palestinian issue to the conflicts in Sudan and Somalia.