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Yet more talks as UN costs spiral


HARGEISA (Somaliladpress) – Somaliland President Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Siilaanyo met with delegation led by UN special envoy to Somalia Mr. Augustine Mahiga and the meeting was held at the Presidential Palace today. The delegation is currently on a two day trip to Somaliland. After the closed meeting Mr Mahiga spoke to the press after […]


First Consultative Conference on Conducting a Comprehensive Security Sector Assessment (SSA) begins in Hargeisa


HARGEISA (Somalilandpress)-An international conference on assessing Somaliland’s security in which UN has key role opens today at Ambassador Hotel Hargeisa. The conference is expected to last for two days and is being attended by Somaliland government officials, country’s security agencies, Somaliland’s armed forces, members of Somaliland parliament, representatives of Somaliland civil society organizations and officials […]


Op-Ed: The UN Somalia Support Center in Kenya Advocates War between somaliland and Puntland

The United Nations controls Somalia's air traffic and collects its flyover fees, leaving little, Somalis say, to repair the decrepit airport in Mogadishu. Todd Heisler/The New York Times

(Nairobi) The UN Somalia Support Centre in Nairobi attempts to establish conflict between Somaliland and Puntland as the UN organizations operated in Puntland tries to instigate a border conflict between the two administrations by taking advantage of the disputed regions of Sool and the Eastern parts of Sanaag which are territorially attached to Somaliland but […]


UN urges quick action on Somali transition deal


UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday welcomed a new agreement that extends Somalia’s transitional period for another year, calling for its swift implementation. Ban, in a statement issued here by his spokesman, “urges the Somali parties to swiftly implement this Accord within the framework of the Djibouti Agreement and in line with the […]


Somaliland will not take foreign-seized pirates

Somali inmates take their breakfast in the courtyard at the UN-funded prison in Hargeisa

HARGEISA — Somalia’s breakaway region of Somaliland on Tuesday inaugurated a UN-funded prison aimed at holding pirates but also warned it was not yet accepting those detained by foreign powers. The prison in the region’s capital Hargeisa was refurbished by the United Nations at a cost of about $1.5 million (1.06 million euros) with the […]


SOMALILAND: Ambassador Mahiga arrives ahead of UN offices

Amb. Mahida briefs local media in Hargeisa (Halbeegnews)

HARGEISA — Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, Ambassador Augustine P. Mahiga, arrived in Hargeisa, Somaliland on Wednesday. The ambassador and his delegation were warmly greeted at Egal International Airport by Foreign Minister, Dr. Mohamed Abdullahi Omar, newly appointed Information Minister, Mr. Ahmed Abdi Habsade and Chief of Cabinet, Mr. Hersi Ali H. Hassan. […]


Israel to cite seized weapons ship in UN case against Iran

Senior Israeli officials inspect the haul of weapons discovered aboard an Egypt-bound vessel that was seized by naval (Nir Kafri/Haaretz)

TEL AVIV — UN Security Council sanctions committee to hear survey of Iranian arms smuggling efforts worldwide; Israel to argue Iran’s involvement in Victoria was a gross violation of Security Council resolution forbidding Iran arms exports. The Foreign Ministry plans to file a complaint to the UN Security Council’s sanctions committee over Iran’s efforts to […]


UN council may help AU send more troops to Somalia


UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Security Council members support the idea of increasing the African Union’s peacekeeping mission in Somalia to help support the country’s fragile government, Britain’s U.N. envoy said on Tuesday. The AU mission in Somalia, known as AMISOM, would like to increase its upper limit of 8,000 troops to 12,000, provided it […]


SOMALILAND: UN Special Representative to Somalia visits Hargeisa

Ambassdor Augustine Mahiga - Photo Dalmar/HOL

HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — Mr. Augustine Mahiga, the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Somalia and four member delegation from United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) have arrived in Hargeisa on Wednesday for two days official visit. Ambassador Mahiga, a Tanzanian national, who replaced Mr. Ould Abdallah on June of this year held a closed door […]


AMISOM Troops to be supplied with logistics support via Somaliland


HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — The United Nations Support Office for AMISOM (UNSOA), a field support operation for African Union troops supporting the weak transitional government of neighbouring Somalia might facilitate equipment and mission support through Somaliland, a local source reveals. According to local newspaper, Geeska Afrika, delegates representing the Nairobi-based UNSOA and the International Civil Aviation […]


UN to Return to Somalia After 17 Years

Nairobi (SomalilandPress)–The United Nations and other international organizations will return to Somalia within the next two months after an absence of more than 17 years, according to a senior U.N. official. The announcement came as the al-Qaida-linked Somali insurgent group al-Shabab banned three Christian aid organizations from operating in areas under its control. Speaking in […]


Kosovo’s independence is legal, UN court rules

Decision in favour of Kosovo’s independence could have far-reaching implications for other separatist movements HAGUE (Somalilandpress) — Kosovo‘s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia in February 2008 did not violate international law, the international court of justice (ICJ) said today in a groundbreaking ruling that could have far-reaching implications for separatist movements around the world, […]


DR Congo massacre uncovered

NAIROBI (Somalilandpress) — The Lord’s Resistance Army killed about 300 people and kidnapped 250 more in a rampage in the Democratic Republic of Congo in December 2009, according to an international rights group and the UN. The previously undocumented massacre, undertaken over four-days in the remote Makombo area of DRC’s northeastern Haute Uele district, was […]


Security Council Extends Mandate of Group Monitoring Weapons Bans in Somalia

New York, 20 March 2010 (Somalilandpress) – Condemning the continued flow of weapons that it said violated its arms embargoes on Somalia and Eritrea, the Security Council this afternoon extended for 12 months the mandate of the group monitoring those measures, expanding its mandate and giving it three additional experts. Unanimously adopting resolution 1916 (2010) […]


UN Food Agency Welcomes Any Probe Into Somalia Aid

ROME, 11 March 2010 (Somalilandpress) – A U.N. food agency said Thursday it will cooperate with any independent probe into its food operations in Somalia, after a report found that up to half the food aid intended for the nation’s hungry people does not reach its destination. The report said food aid in Somalia is […]


Somali Pirates’ New Land Tactics Worry UN

New land tactics being employed by Somali pirates may be a cause for concern, a UN spokesman told the BBC. Peter Smerdon said three trucks and their drivers were being held in the pirate town of Eyl after delivering food aid last week in central Somalia. He said they were hijacked on Thursday when travelling […]