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Somalia: 'Fresh attacks not to affect peace effort'

Somalia: The attacks against the Ethiopian and Somali government forces by insurgent fighters will not affect the peace deal signed last week between the Somali transitional government and opposition leaders in Djibouti, Somali presidential spokesman said Tuesday. Speaking at a press conference in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, Spokesman...

Somalia: Demonstrators’ burn Eritrean flag

Puntland: The flag of Eritrea was set on fire in Garoowe, Nugaal Region, of Puntland today during a demonstration organized by Puntland to condemn the Eritrean attack on Djibouti. Ministers, women and other people in Garoowe burnt the Eritrean flag as they chanted: Down with Eritrea, Victory to Djibouti and other slogans. The Puntland minister of...

Somali President arrives Djibouti after peace deal

Djibouti: The president of Somalia's interim government, Abdullahi Yusuf, is visiting the neighboring Republic of Djibouti where a peace deal between his government and its opposition was inked last week. Aides to the Somali leader said President Yusuf will hold consultations with Djiboutian government officials, especially regarding the...

Somali peace accord gets gov't nod

Somalia: The Council of Ministers of the Somali transitional government have unanimously endorsed a peace agreement signed last week in Djibouti with the opposition Alliance for the Reliberation of Somalia (ARS), a Somali government spokesman said Monday.   "None of the ministers opposed the agreement," Abdi Hajji Goobdoon told...

Somali MPs take shelter in Kenya for security reason

Somalia: About 50 Somali MPs are in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, as their safe heaven, after they fled from Baydhabo and the capital, Mogadishu, for security reasons, as they have claimed. Although the insecurity in the country (Somalia) is apparent, the MPs expressed fear for their lives due to operations by insurgents to hunt down members of...

Somalia crisis: IGAD propose UN troops

Addis Ababa: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a group of East African countries, has called for UN to send a peacekeeping force to Somalia. 'The prevailing security situation in Somalia is worrying and greatly threatens regional peace and stability,'' Mwai Kibaki , Kenya's president, said late Sunday at a...

Somali President meets Ethiopian premier

Somalia: The president of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia [TFG], Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmad, and the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, have held a meeting at the Ethiopian presidential palace in Addis Ababa. The meeting between the two leaders is to have centred on the situation in Somalia, and the operations of Ethiopian troops...

World community ignore Somalia situation

Addis Ababa: The Kenyan president Mowai Kibaki who is the current chairman of IGAD has declared that the world community has paid no heed to the worsening situations in Somalia. Speaking to the reporter at Kenyatta international airport on his way to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa where IGAD regional summit opened Saturday said, “Why...

EU welcomes Somali peace deal

Nairobi: The European Union has welcomed the peace deal between the transitional government of Somalia and the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia, reached on Monday in the neighboring country of Djibouti following 10 days of UN-facilitated talks. In a statement issued in Nairobi on Wednesday, European Commissioner for...

Somalia militants rejects ceasefire

Somalia: A top Somali Islamist leader has rejected a UN-brokered, three-month ceasefire deal signed by Somalia's government and an opposition bloc. Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys promised to continue fighting until all foreign troops left the country. The deal was signed by another top Islamist leader, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, and Prime...

Somalia: IFJ protest journos killing

Somalia: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemned the shooting of a leading journalist and union leader in Somalia and called for "action not words" from the international community to protect journalists and to take urgent action to restore the rule of law. The IFJ has strongly backed the protest of the National...

Somalia: Mayor fired for reported link with pirates

Somalia: The mayor of a small fishing town along Somalia's eastern coast was fired Saturday, days after he gave a radio interview linking pirates to soldiers working for the Puntland regional government. A Puntland government decree, initially issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and signed by President Adde Muse, officially relieved...

Somali peace talks: No result from Djibouti round

Somalia: The peace talks between Somali transitionalgovernment and the opposition has ended in Djibouti in deadlock, with the opposition demanding the withdrawalof Ethiopian troops from Somalia and the transitional government refusing to accept, reports reaching here in Mogadishu said Sunday. Speaking to Xinhua from the conference venue in...

Somalia peace talks resume after short pause

Djibouti: Peace talks aimed at ending Somalia's 18-year war resumed again on Thursday after a brief halt the day earlier. A seminar on justice, reconciliation and peace in Somalia continued in Djibouti City after opposition delegates from the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS) withdrew briefly yesterday. According to reports, the...

Somalia: Puntland denies relations with Ethiopia

Somalia: The president of Somalia's Puntland State regional government told a crowd on Thursday that there are groups who oppose his administration' s close relations with the government of neighboring Ethiopia. Gen. Adde Muse, the Puntland leader, was addressing the opening ceremony of a new office for the NEC electricity company, which...