Somalia: UN envoy re-establishes office in Mogadishu after 17-year hiatus

The United Nations envoy for Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga, today formally moved his office back to the country’s capital, Mogadishu, from neighbouring Kenya, where it has been based for 17 years.

General Assembly President and Somali Minister discuss security in Mogadishu

The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, held talks today with the Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia, in which he discussed the developments in the security situation in the country.

Piracy attacks off Somalia down

Increased anti-piracy measures by shipping companies and the intervention by navies have led to a drop in the number of successful pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia in 2011.

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Blast hits Somali refugee camp shortly after UN-escorted visit

An explosion at a refugee camp in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Thursday has killed up to 7 people according to initial reports.

The blast came just hours after the UN had escorted a group of local and foreign journalists to view a feeding centre there.

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Somalia requires continued assistance despite gains against famine – UN official

The top United Nations relief official in Somalia said today that international humanitarian support last year in the face of drought and famine in the country succeeded in saving numerous lives, but the situation remains fragile, with millions of people in need of continued assistance.

Security Council urges reliable support for African peacekeepers in Somalia

The Security Council today called for predictable, reliable and timely resources to support the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia to strengthen its capability to help the country’s transitional government implement its commitments to restore peace and stability.

Somalia: UN envoy voices concern about parliamentary infighting

The United Nations envoy for Somalia today expressed deep concern over the country’s ongoing political disputes warning that, if not resolved, the country could miss a rare window of opportunity to end its 21 years of conflict.