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


Somalia: Annan Calls for Return to Talks

Urging Somalia’s Neighbours to ‘Avoid Interfering,’ Annan Calls for Return to Talks

New York, Nov 15 2006 6:00PM

Describing the situation in war-torn Somalia as “very serious,” United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the impoverished country’s neighbours not to interfere in the conflict, as he also called on Somali parties to resume peace talks and avoid further bloodshed.

“The talks which are now suspended should resume very quickly. I also urge the two groups, the Transitional Government and the Islamic Court, to avoid further confrontation and military action,” Mr. Annan told reporters in Nairobi.

“I would also urge neighbouring countries to avoid interfering in Somalia… We do not need to see it further complicated by neighbouring countries rushing in with troops or guns to support one side or the other. It will only compound the problem and so I would urge them to stay out and urge the Somalis to continue their dialogue.”

Mr. Annan’s remarks are his latest call for dialogue between the Union of Islamic Courts, which controls the capital Mogadishu, and the Transitional Federal Parliament based in Baidoa. Somalia has long been riven by factional fighting and has not had a functioning national government since President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled in 1991.

Last week, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Somalia, François Lonsény Fall, briefed the Security Council on the latest situation on the ground and told reporters later that the Council was “well aware” of interference from neighbouring states in Somali’s affairs.

“That’s why we are doing our best there to recall to all the Member States in the region to respect the maximum restraint, to not interfere directly in the Somalia issue because we know that Somalia can be the theatre of a proxy war between some countries in the region,” he said.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


APEC : Leaders Issue Kuala Lumpur Declaration

The leaders of the 21 APEC member economies issued the Kuala Lumpur Declaration following the first-ever virtual 27th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting chaired by Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Convening for the first time since the ... More>>

UN: Refugee Resettlement Numbers Fall To Lowest In Two Decades

Refugee resettlement numbers will be at a “record low” this year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Wednesday, with only 15,425 people resettled in the first nine months of 2020, compared to more than 50,000 in 2019. In 2016, resettlement ... More>>

OHCHR: UN Committee Issues Recommendations To Combat Racial Profiling

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination today published its guidance to combat racial profiling, emphasizing, among other issues, the serious risk of algorithmic bias when artificial intelligence (AI) is used in law enforcement. The ... More>>

G20: Global Co-Operation And Strong Policy Action Needed For A Sustainable Recovery

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed major weaknesses in our economies that can only be fixed through greater global co-operation and strong, targeted policy action, according to a new OECD report presented to the Leaders of the G20 countries at their ... More>>