Dec 192014
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, December 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM, with support from Japan, and in collaboration with the regional authorities of Puntland, including the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and the Port Authority, has conducted its first ever training for the fishing community in Bosaso. The training aimed to help improve the livelihoods of people working in the sector and encourage economic diversification.

Located on the Somali coast, Bosaso is one of the main port cities in Puntland and has an active fishing community. But the sector remains under developed due to a lack of proper infrastructure and skills.

The coastal city is also an exit point that attracts migrants from many parts of Somalia and Ethiopia on their dangerous journey to the Gulf. It has also seen the arrival of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) from South Central Somalia over the past two decades, many of whom have become involved in the fishing industry.

Some 36 people from the host and IDP communities involved in the sector received training in fish processing, including fish handling, spoilage, preservation techniques, and the proper use of fishing gear. They were also trained in business management skills to help them to develop small businesses and generate income.

The fishing industry could become an important contributor to Bosaso’s economy. Many IDP families currently make a living by selling fish in the Bosaso fish market at the port or to local hotels and shops in the town. The sector also offers job opportunities for young people and women.

Jul 072014
 

UN Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, condemns attack on Somali Parliament

MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, condemned the attack on the Somali Parliament and the many killings claimed by Al-Shabaab’s since the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

 

“I condemn this morning’s attempted attack on Somalia’s Federal Parliament. I commend the bravery of the security forces who lost their lives ensuring the terrorists were thwarted. Al-Shabaab have bombed, assassinated and terrorised Somalis in Mogadishu since the start of the holy month of Ramadan, a month dedicated to prayers and peace. I call on all Somalis to unite and work with the authorities to prevent further attacks and to bring to justice those behind this murderous campaign,” SRSG Kay said.

 

“The United Nations is working side by side with the Somali people to build peace and a new, functioning state. We are working actively with the Federal Government, AMISOM and international partners to build strong Somali national security forces to protect and serve all Somali people” he added.

 

SRSG Kay offered his sincere condolences to the family and friends of those killed, as well as to the Federal Parliament of Somalia, and wished a quick recovery for the injured.

Source: APO

Jun 092014
 

 

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, June 9, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On 10 June 2014, the Government will arrange the ‘Conference on Somali Business Opportunities’ in Stockholm.

Increasing investment, in which the Somali diaspora plays an important part, has strengthened interest and confidence in the region among foreign investors. The Swedish Government, together with Business Sweden, is therefore organising a trade and investment conference on 10 June for 150 representatives, primarily from Somali and Swedish businesses.

The Horn of Africa is one of the regions in Africa at an economic turning point. In Somalia – a country marked by long periods of conflict and where great challenges still remain – it is possible to discern a growing optimism.

“The Government hopes that the ‘Somali Trade and Investment Opportunities’ conference will promote trade relations between Sweden and Somalia, as well as the private sector in Somalia. This could contribute to economic growth, new job opportunities and income for the severely affected Somali population. It could also give Swedish companies an opportunity to find new markets and opportunities for cooperation in the Horn of Africa,” says Minister for Trade Ewa Björling, who will deliver the opening address at the conference.

Source: APO

Jun 092014
 

UN Special Representative for Somalia appeals for end to hostilities in Lower Shabelle

MOGADISHU, Somalia, June 9, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, expressed his deep concern as clan-based militias clashed in Lower Shabelle region of southern Somalia resulting in a number of casualties.

 

“I call for an immediate end to hostilities. All parties must refrain from violent actions, make immediate efforts to de-escalate the situation and resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue and compromise.”

 

“I welcome the efforts of the Prime Minister, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed to diffuse tensions and restore stability. I call on the parties to respect the Prime Minister’s call for an immediate cessation of hostilities and to cooperate fully with the ministerial delegation being sent to the area. The Somali people have suffered enough and know that no good can come from further violence and insecurity. We stand ready to support mediation efforts” said SRSG Kay.

Source: APO

Jun 092014
 

UN Envoy for Somalia welcomes release of hostages, calls for all remaining captives to be released

MOGADISHU, Somalia, June 9, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay welcomed the release today of 11 crew members of the ship MV Albedo, held hostage since November 2010, and called for all remaining captives still being held by Somali pirates to be released.

 

The 11 survivors of the MV Albedo crew were released to officials from the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) inside Somalia and are now safely back in Kenya. The crew members from India, Iran, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be repatriated to their home countries over the coming days.

 

The MV Albedo had been held by armed Somali pirates since 12 November 2010. The ship sank close to the Somali coast in July 2013 due to mechanical failure and bad weather and the surviving crew had been held on shore by pirates since that time.

 

“For over three years the crew members and their families have suffered unimaginable distress. The crew underwent the trauma of piracy, their ship sinking and then being held ashore in very difficult conditions. I commend the efforts of UNODC colleagues and the local authorities, who facilitated their safe return today. While we have seen a significant reduction in piracy off the coast of Somalia in recent years, I remain deeply concerned that 38 other crew members are still being held hostage by Somali pirates. I call on those who continue to detain these crew members to release them without further delay so they can rejoin their families and loved ones” SRSG Kay said.

Source: APO

May 282014
 

Joint statement by the UN, IGAD and EU Envoys to Somalia / International partners call for resolution of the political crisis in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, May 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — “The Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the European Union and the United Nations reiterate their strong condemnation for the attack of 24th May on the Somali Federal Parliament by Al-Shabaab. We commend the response of Somali security forces and AMISOM. We express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims. We remain committed to supporting Somalia’s people break out of decades of conflict and insecurity in accordance with our respective mandates.

This attack shows the need to redouble all our efforts towards peace and state building in Somalia.

We stand united with the people of Somalia to support progress, peace and stability within the framework of Somalia’s Provisional Federal Constitution. Ongoing political instability does not serve the interests of Somalia or its people. Somalia cannot afford a return to the cycle of deadlock and infighting between political actors that paralysed governments since 2000.

The development of a federal system, the constitutional review process and preparation for 2016 elections are behind schedule. The Constitution sets out clear roles and tasks for all Federal institutions, including Parliament, the Executive and the Presidency. Somalia needs continuity and stability. But it also needs faster and greater delivery by all.

Federal institutions should work together in strict accordance with the responsibilities set out for them in the Constitution. We welcome the President’s commitment to reforms after the attack on Parliament. We call on the Executive, led by the Prime Minister, to take timely and decisive action to create greater national unity, improve security and expedite progress on federalism, the constitution and elections. International partners stand ready to support all moves that will enhance peace building and state building and to hold to account anyone who poses an obstacle to such progress.”

Source: APO

May 272014
 

 

Norway condemns terrorist attack on parliament in Mogadishu

OSLO, Norway, May 26, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende condemns the attack on the Federal Parliament in Mogadishu on 24 May in the strongest terms.

 

Reports indicate that some of the parliamentarians were injured, and several police officers and African Union soldiers were killed in the attack. Several of the attackers were also reported to have been killed in the gunfire that broke out after a car bomb was detonated outside the parliament building.

 

‘I strongly condemn the attack on the parliament in Mogadishu. Somalia’s parliamentarians have the task of creating a peaceful, stable and democratic Somalia. My thoughts today go first and foremost to the families and relatives of the victims,’ Mr Brende said.

 

This is not the first time the Somali parliament has been targeted by terrorists. Two Somali parliamentarians were killed in separate attacks on 21 and 22 April this year. Despite the efforts of the Somali authorities to improve security in the city, backed up by African Union forces, the security situation in Mogadishu remains unstable.

 

‘It is vital that the Somali authorities ensure that those responsible for this attack are brought to justice, and that the authorities continue their work to improve security for parliamentarians, members of the Government and the population of Mogadishu and Somalia as a whole,’ Mr Brende said.

 

Norway’s broad-based engagement in Somalia involves supporting humanitarian and development efforts, and the development of Somali institutions.

Source: APO

May 262014
 

NEW YORK, May 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General

 

The Secretary-General condemns the attack by suicide bombers and gunmen on Somalia’s Federal Parliament on 24 May 2014. There can be no justification for such attacks.

 

The Secretary-General conveys his solidarity and support for the men and women of the Federal Parliament, who represent the people of Somalia and their aspiration for a peaceful future. The United Nations will continue to support the Somali people, their Government and their parliament, as they work for peace and stability.

 

The Secretary-General commends the prompt action of the Somali National Security Forces and AMISOM in responding to the incident. The Secretary-General expresses his deep condolences to the families of the victims of the attack and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

Source: APO

May 262014
 

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

Marie Harf

Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

May 24, 2014

 

 

The United States strongly condemns today’s al-Shabaab attack on the Somali Parliament. We extend our sympathies and condolences to those affected by this heinous act of terrorism, and commend Somali and African Union forces for their swift and courageous response.

We continue to stand firmly with the Federal Government of Somalia and the many international partners working to support its efforts to root out the threat posed by al-Shabaab, and to build a more secure and prosperous future for the Somali people. Cowardly acts such as these will not shake our resolve.

Source: APO

May 262014
 
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LONDON, United-Kingdom, May 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Office Minister Mark Simmonds has sent his condolences to those affected by today’s attack at the Federal Parliament in Mogadishu.

 

At least ten people are now believed to have died after an attack by Al-Shabab militants on the parliament building early this morning in Somalia’s capital city. Mr Simmonds said:

 

“Such appalling attacks have no justification. I commend the swift response of the Somali National Security Forces and AMISOM, and send my sincere condolences to all those affected by today’s attack. We will continue to assist the Federal Parliament to increase security and prosperity in Somalia, and we have reiterated to the Prime Minister our enduring support to Somalia.”

Source: APO

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May 252014
 

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia condemns attack on Federal Parliament

MOGADISHU, Somalia, May 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, condemned the attack on the Federal Parliament today that resulted in fatalities and injuries. A suspected suicide car bomb exploded at the main entrance and gunshots were fired at the building earlier today.

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“I am appalled and condemn the attack on Somalia’s Federal Parliament. The Federal Parliament represents the people of Somalia and their hopes and aspirations for a peaceful and stable future. Today’s attack is an attack against the people of Somalia for which there can be no justification. I commend the prompt action by the Somalia National Security Forces and AMISOM in responding to the incident. The United Nations will continue to support the Somali people and their Government as they work towards peace and stability.”

 

Mr Kay spoke to the Prime Minister, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed to express his solidarity and sincere condolences to the families and friends of all those who suffered in today’s attack and wished a swift recovery for those injured.

Source: APO

May 232014
 

 

Security Council Presidential Statement on Somalia – 22 May 2014

NEW YORK, May 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — “The Security Council welcomes the Secretary-General’s 3 April letter to the President of the Security Council (‘the letter’ — S/2014/243), identifying options for supporting the federal Government of Somalia to meet its obligations under the partial suspension of the arms embargo. The Security Council underlines that improved arms and ammunition management in Somalia is a fundamental component of greater peace and stability for both Somalia and the region.

“The Security Council underscores the need for the federal Government of Somalia to show tangible progress in complying with the terms of the partial suspension of the arms embargo, as highlighted in both the letter and resolution 2142 (2014). The Security Council remains concerned about the diversion of arms and ammunition, including potentially to Al-Shabaab, which was also highlighted in resolution 2142 (2014). In that regard, the Security Council welcomes the federal Government of Somalia’s establishment of an Arms and Ammunition Steering Committee as the overall body responsible for arms and ammunition management. The Security Council highlights the important role which should also be played by the Weapons and Ammunition Management Technical Working Group (Working Group) with respect to improving weapons management. The Security Council reiterates that its decision in October 2014 on the continuation of the suspension of the arms embargo will be informed by the federal Government of Somalia’s compliance with its obligations to carry out Security Council decisions.

“The Security Council underlines the importance of the international community supporting the federal Government of Somalia in the areas identified in the letter. In particular the Security Council underlines the urgent need for international support to the Office of the National Security Adviser, which coordinates the federal Government’s reporting obligations to the Security Council, as well as oversees the national architecture for weapons and ammunition management. The Security Council appeals to Member States and relevant international and regional organizations to provide support and equipment which focus on:

i) Improving the federal Government of Somalia’s reporting to the Security Council on the structure of its security forces, as well as improving its notifications to the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolutions 751 (1992) and 1907 (2009) concerning Somalia and Eritrea (‘Sanctions Committee’);

ii) Completing a baseline registration survey of the Somali Security Sector;

iii) Starting a weapons marking and registration process, in order to inform future verification activities.

“The Security Council encourages Member States to provide financing and in-kind resources to accelerate key deliverables in the 2014 work plan of the Arms and Ammunition Steering Committee and its Working Group.

“The Security Council also emphasizes in particular the need for five weapons marking machines, equipment required for mobile marking units for armouries outside of Mogadishu and interim weapons storage facilities.

“The Security Council underlines to all Member States and international organizations that all deliveries of military equipment and notifications should be coordinated through the Office of the National Security Adviser, which the federal Government of Somalia has identified as the coordinating entity for arms and ammunition management.

“The federal Government of Somalia should consider establishing a joint verification team with international experts. The team should focus on physical verification of arms and ammunition provided to the federal Government, as well as the systems of control in place for arms and ammunition management. The team should focus on supporting the federal Government of Somalia in complying with the decisions of the Security Council and the Sanctions Committee, in particular with respect to arms and ammunition management. The Security Council underlines that this team would complement the work of, and should coordinate with, the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG), in order to avoid any duplication in their respective activities. The Security Council encourages Member States, UNSOM, and relevant UN agencies, funds and programmes, to support the establishment of this team. The Security Council further encourages Member States to provide sufficient financial resources to support the prompt establishment of this team.

“The Security Council highlights that the work of the SEMG is of paramount importance. The Security Council reiterates paragraph 32 of resolution 2111 (2013) and reminds the federal Government of Somalia of the importance of cooperating with the Group. In that context, the Security Council encourages the SEMG to increase its presence in Mogadishu and step up its interaction with the Office of the National Security Adviser, including by regular participation in the meetings of the Working Group.

“The Security Council encourages all relevant members of the international community, UNSOM, UN agencies and the African Union to support the federal Government of Somalia in improving its arms and ammunition management, including through providing financial and in-kind support to enhance their capacity. The Security Council underlines that the federal Government of Somalia is ultimately responsible for the management of its weapons and military equipment. The Security Council highlights its expectation that the Federal Government of Somalia will make substantive progress in the months ahead.”

Source: APO