Ban forwards possible next steps on Somalia to Security Council

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a letter to the Security Council, has set out some proposals for the next steps on security and on considerations for a possible peacekeeping option for strife-torn Somalia, which has been beset by fighting and has not had a functioning central government since 1991.

Security Council urges stronger enforcement of Somali arms embargo

The United Nations Security Council today called for enhanced monitoring of the arms embargo in Somalia, declaring that strict enforcement would improve security in a country that has been torn by factional fighting and has had no functioning central government since 1991.

Piracy problem inseparable from overall Somali crisis, Ban warns

As the United Nations Security Council strengthened efforts today to fight piracy off the Somali coast, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the problem could not be divorced from the need to bring a comprehensive, inclusive peace to the war-torn country that has been without a functioning central government since 1991.

Two Somali parties agree to tackle problem of impunity, UN reports

Welcoming a workshop at which the parties to a recent Somalia peace accord tackled the challenge of impunity, the top United Nations official for the strife-torn country has called on the international community to support them in the endeavour, which could include a commission of inquiry and an international court.

Somali accord with Islamists gives peace new impetus – UN official

The recent agreement on political cooperation signed between the Somali Government and an Islamic opposition alliance has given the peace process in the strife-torn country renewed impetus, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

Secretary-General deplores latest acts of piracy off coast of Somalia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his concern at new acts of piracy off the Somali coast this week amid reports of a series of attacks or attempting hijackings in recent days in a region already notorious for the practice.

Humanitarian situation in Somalia in serious decline as security worsens, warns UN chief

The deteriorating security situation in Somalia poses a serious threat to the delivery of humanitarian aid to millions of desperate people in the Horn of Africa country, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned in his latest report to the Security Council today.

Somalia: UN agency ships food aid under naval protection amid bleak forecasts

More than 2 million Somalis suffering the combined effects of war, drought, and soaring food and fuel prices will receive deliveries of almost 60,000 tons of food from a United Nations agency this month, thanks to naval protection from the Netherlands and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) against pirate attacks.

NATO navy escorts protect UN-shipped food aid to Somalia against pirates

Naval escorts from the Netherlands and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are providing vital protection from pirate attacks off Somalia for United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) ships loaded with life-saving aid for the war-ravaged country.

Over 35,000 people driven from Somali capital last month, UN reports

More than 35,000 people were forced to flee their homes after renewed fighting in Mogadishu last month, bringing the total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia to over 1 million, the United Nations humanitarian wing announced today.