World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Somalia: Envoy Wraps Up Visit

Somalia: UN Envoy Wraps Up Visit, Government Pledges To Work To End Rift

New York, Aug 2 2005 4:00PM

The top United Nations envoy for Somalia has wrapped up private talks in the town of Jowhar with senior Somali officials who pledged to work with the UN to heal the rift over the government’s location and the deployment of foreign peacekeepers that stalled the latest attempt to re-establish a central authority in the war-shattered Horn of Africa nation.

According to a UN spokesman in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Somalia, François Lonsény Fall, returned to Nairobi yesterday after talks in Jowhar with President Abdulahi Yusuf Ahmed and Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi of the Transitional Federal Government.

Mr. Fall was in Somalia to help the leaders overcome the current differences within the Transitional Federal Institutions on the way forward, particularly on the relocation of the fledgling government from Kenya to Somalia, which has had no functional central authority for 14 years following the collapse in 1991 of the government of Muhammad Siad Barre.

Yesterday’s meeting also focused on security and reconciliation. At a joint press conference following the meeting, Prime Minister Gedi expressed the Government’s willingness to work with the UN and in particular with Mr. Fall on resolving the current difficulties, the spokesman said.

In a June report, the Secretary-General noted that although the interim government had been formed in Nairobi more than eight months ago, deep splits between President Yusef and Parliament speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan over its location within the country had stalled a move either to the Somali capital Mogadishu, or nearby Jowhar.

Calling for “serious dialogue” between the Somali factions to end this controversy, he also urged the parties to resolve their differences over the inclusion of troops from the frontline States (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya) in a future African Union/Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) peace support mission requested by the President. A large number of members of Parliament, cabinet ministers and other leaders oppose the deployment of troops from those countries.

Meanwhile, security permitting, Mr. Fall plans to visit Mogadishu later this week for discussions with the Speaker of Parliament, and other cabinet officials and civil society groups there.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>

ALSO:

Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>

ALSO:

Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>

ALSO:

Camp Shut Down: Refugees Must Be Rescued From Manus

On 31st October 2017, the detention centre on Manus Island in which the Australian Government has been holding more than 700 refugees was closed, leaving those living there in a desperate situation. More>>

ALSO:

EARLIER:

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC