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Issue 467 -- 8th-14th January 2011

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Upper House Member Asks President Geele To Support Somaliland

Somaliland Will Transfer Military Supplies From Impounded Plane To The UN

Local and Regional Affairs

Many Sudanese Leave North For South Ahead Of Sunday’s Vote

Uranium Being Smuggled Via EA To Iran - Wikileaks
Somalia's Al-Shabaab Bans Mixed-Sex Handshakes
 UN Refugee Agency Warns On Greek Anti-Migrant Fence
Ethiopian Tax Authorities Gets First Shipment Security Scanners


A Positive Example From Somaliland’s Colonial Past

Features & Commentary

International News


Debunking Common Fallacies about Who Abandoned Somali Unity
SSC Terror Boss Stranded In Dubai

UN Envoy Calls For Lifting Of Aid Restrictions On Somalia

Nairobi, Kenya, January 8, 2011 – The top United Nations envoy for Somalia on Thursday urged that restrictions on aid delivery, partly owing to a rejection of Western assistance by Islamic militants, be lifted so that those who need help amid an impending drought can receive it.
The Horn of Africa nation is already facing a dire humanitarian crisis in which 3.2 million people, more than 40 percent of the population, is in need of aid.
This situation is likely to be compounded by the impending drought, which is already having a severe impact on the lives of people and livestock, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
In an update issued last week, OCHA noted that the harsh dry season continues to affect many parts of Somalia, including Somaliland and Puntland.
Augustine Mahiga, the UN secretary-general's special representative for Somalia, who just visited the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Wednesday, said the drought is just beginning but it is going to increase, and that people in some of the areas controlled by Al-Shabaab Islamic militants are demanding that international assistance be allowed to reach them, UN officials said here Thursday.
"The only answer to hunger is to get food," he stated in an interview with UN Radio, adding that food is available but it is being denied to the population by the various restrictions.
While some of the restrictions stem from insecurity, there also seems to be an "ideological rejection" of assistance from Western countries by Al-Shabaab.
"We hope there will be a relaxation of this restriction to avert what is an impending crisis and a catastrophe of really serious proportions," Mahiga.
Somalia, which has not had a functioning central government since 1991, has been torn apart by decades of conflict and factional strife, more recently with Al-Shabaab.
While in Mogadishu, Mahiga met with President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed as well as Prime Minister Mohamed Abdillahi Mohamed, with whom he discussed the road map prepared by the Transitional Federal Government (TFG).
Under the Transitional Federal Charter, the interim authority's mandate is set to expire this August. Several tasks remain to be completed such as continuing initiatives on reconciliation, building civilian and security institutions and the completion of the constitution-making process.
Source: Xinhua





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