Somalia: UN official 'outraged' by killing of member of parliament

A United Nations official today strongly condemned the killing of Mustafa Haji Maalim, a member of Somalia's new parliament, and called for an independent investigation on the crime and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

Somalia: Security Council strongly condemns bombings in Mogadishu

The Security Council has strongly condemned yesterday’s bombings in Mogadishu, adding that it is “deplorable” that ordinary Somalis are being targeted after the important gains made in recent weeks in completing the country’s transition.

Kenyan forces in Somalia to try to minimize impact on civilians – UN humanitarian official

Kenyan military troops serving with a UN-backed African Union force in Somalia will endeavour to reduce the potential of civilians being hurt during an ongoing operation, according to the top United Nations humanitarian official for the Horn of Africa country.

Somalia: UN Assembly President condemns attack on president’s hotel

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, today condemned in the strongest possible terms yesterday’s attack on the hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia where the country’s new President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, was giving a press conference and which resulted in one death and several injuries.

UN rights expert calls on new Somali authorities to seize chance to build better future

Welcoming the election of Somalia’s new president, an independent United Nations human rights expert today called on the incoming Government and the international community to seize the chance to build a better future for the war-torn Horn of Africa nation.

Somalia: UN officials condemn attack on hotel during new president’s press conference

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his envoy to Somalia strongly condemned today’s attack on a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, where the country’s new President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, was giving a press conference and which resulted in one death and several injuries.

UN envoy for Somalia praises election of country’s new president

After decades of conflict, the new parliament of Somalia has elected the country’s next president.

The election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud ends Somalia’s transitional period.

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UNESCO chief deplores latest killing of a Somali journalist

Somali authorities must do everything in their power to put an end to the continuing violence which has already claimed the lives of eight journalists in the African country this year, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom said today, as she condemned the latest killing of a Somali journalist.

UN condemns killing of staff member in Somalia, urges more protection for humanitarians

The United Nations in Somalia today condemned the killing of a humanitarian worker serving with the UN food relief agency in the country’s south.

UN envoy welcomes election of Speaker of Parliament in Somalia

The United Nations envoy to Somalia today applauded the election of the country’s new Speaker of Parliament, welcoming the democratic breakthrough as a moment of progress and optimism for the war-torn African nation.