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Somalia: IRIN Horn of Africa Interview with the Chairman of the Somali Peace Conference, Hassan Abshire Farah

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DJIBOUTI, 1 July (IRIN) - In an interview with IRIN, chairman of the Somali National Peace Conference, Hassan Abshire Farah, said the forum was a unique opportunity for Somalis to elect a government after a decade of civil war. A former mayor of Mogadishu, Hassan Abshire was appointed Minister of Interior in 1998 for the newly autonomous Puntland region, north-eastern Somalia - but resigned this April when leader Abdullahi Yusuf refused to allow participation in the Djibouti peace process. On June 15th, he was elected chairman of the conference,
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IRIN Horn of Africa Update, 30 June

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SUDAN: Bashir calls for national reconciliation talks
President Omar al-Bashir called on Thursday for a national reconciliation conference to end Sudan's civil war. In a speech to mark the 11th anniversary of the coup that brought him to power, Bashir said preparations would begin next month for the convening of such a conference. He said the Sudan government would continue to work through the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) talks and through the joint Egyptian-Libyan initiative "to achieve a just, peaceful
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Somalia: IRIN Guide to the Somali National Peace Conference

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[IRIN thanks the Somali National Conference Technical Committee and Conference Committee for assistance in compiling this list, and individuals who helped make it as complete as possible. As no official list is available, IRIN welcomes clarifications and additions and apologises for unintentional omissions or other errors.]
The Civil Initiative

DJIBOUTI, 30 June (IRIN) - The Somali National Peace Conference was originally conceived in March 1998 by the regional body Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

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IRIN-CEA Weekly Round-up 26 covering the period 24 - 30 Jun 2000

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UGANDA: Ugandans vote in political referendum

Ugandans went to the polls on Thursday to vote in a referendum which will decide the country's future political system. The referendum will determine whether to keep the single party Movement system, or bring in multiparty democracy. Many observers

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Bulletin hebdomadaire d'information 26 pour l'Afrique Centrale et de l'Est

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OUGANDA: Les Ougandais votent dans un référendum politique

Les Ougandais se sont rendus aux urnes jeudi pour se prononcer dans un référendum qui décidera du système politique futur du pays. Le référendum déterminera s'il faut garder le système du Mouvement, parti unique, ou adopter la démocratie et le multipartisme. De nombreux observateurs pensent que les électeurs maintiendront au pouvoir

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UN Somalia Monitor Jun 2000

I. What's New
The UN operational arm is exploring how best it's able to support peace initiative in Somalia and is now engaged with support from Head Quarters and Field Officers in a "Post Djibouti" planning exercise.

The main topic of conversation in Mogadishu these days is the Somali National peace conference in Djibouti. Forty years ago, Somalis were also talking about a new beginning: Somalia's independence from Britain and Italy. On July 1, Italian Somalia gained its freedom and combined with British Somaliland, which had celebrated

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Ethiopia + 6 others
FEWS Monthly Country Summaries June 2000: Eastern Africa and the Horn


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Rainfall was adequate in amount and spatial distribution during the first ten days of May for early main season farming activities in most agricultural areas. The rains then began to withdraw from the eastern half of the country and became more scattered in the west. By the last ten days of May, dry conditions typical of this month were established over most of the country.

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Cambodia + 14 others
Health in Emergencies Issue 6, Jun 2000


‘Vulnerable Water’
Jose Hueb, WHO
Water, Sanitation and Health
Department of Protection of the Human Environment

Approximately 1.1 billion people globally do not have access to adequate supplies of clean drinking water and about 2.5 billion people have no access to adequate sanitation facilities. More than 2 billion people, most of them children, die annually from diarrhoeal diseases which are closely related to lack of access to safe water and adequate sanitation.

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Djibouti + 6 others
Inter-Agency Task Force for the Horn of Africa: Long-term commitment needed to fight hunger and poverty

Rome/Geneva, Thursday, 29 June, 2000 - The drought stricken countries of the Horn of Africa will need long-term commitment and support from their governments, the United Nations system, donor countries and from non-governmental organizations to improve their food security and protect their people against future disasters, according to an interim report by the Inter-Agency Task Force.
The report was endorsed by the executive heads of the ten organizations of the Task Force during a meeting hosted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) at its headquarters today.
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Security Council condemns attacks against civilians, aid workers in Somalia

The United Nations Security Council today condemned the continuing human rights violations in Somalia - particularly attacks by armed groups on innocent civilians and humanitarian personnel - and urged Somali factions to participate in the peace process initiated by the President of Djibouti.
In a statement read out at an open meeting by Council President Jean-David Levitte, the Council expressed "deep concern" at the ongoing abuse of human rights and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation, which had led to death, displacement and
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Security Council discusses peace process for Somalia

The Security Council this morning began an open debate on Somalia by hearing a briefing from Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast on the latest developments there, particularly the opening of the second round of the Somali Peace Conference in Arta, Djibouti, on June 15.
He noted that 920 delegates have been allocated seats to the second phase of the conference, with every major clan, and Somali women represented; however, Prendergast added, some major Somali leaders continue to refuse to take part in the Conference or send
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UN Leader Calls for World Support to Djibouti on Somalia

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UNITED NATIONS (June 29) XINHUA - A senior U.N. official Thursday called on the international community to assist Djibouti financially in its peace initiative for Somalia in a bid to restore peace in the war-torn African country.

Kieran Prendergast, U.N. under-secretary-general for political affairs, made the statement as he was briefing an open Security Council debate on the current political and security situation in Somalia, the first of its kind in recent years.

"Djibouti has made commendable efforts

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Yemen hosts more than 70,000 UN-registered refugees

SANAA, June 28 (AFP) - Yemen is hosting 73,000 refugees registered by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, most of them from Somalia, the official news agency SABA said Wednesday.

It said 67,000 were Somali refugees and that the rest were mainly from Eritrea and Ethiopia, which signed a peace accord in Algeria on June 18 after two years of war.

Another 378 Eritreans and 129 Ethiopians arrived in the Red Sea port city of Mocha over the past week, SABA said, adding that Yemeni authorities provided them with tents and food.

Somalia, meanwhile, has been without

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Under-Secretary-General Kieran Prendergast briefs Security Council, urges it not to give up on Somalia


Press Release SC/6883
Djibouti Updates Council on Somali National Peace Conference

Under-Secretary-General Kieran Prendergast told the Security Council today that it must "not fall prey to cynicism and despair and give up on Somalia", as he briefed the Council on the political, security and humanitarian situation there. On the contrary, he added, it should give renewed support to the Somali National Peace Conference currently under way in Djibouti.

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Security Council strongly condemns attacks by armed groups on innocent civilians and humanitarian personnel in Somalia

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Presidential Statement Strongly Urges Somali Factions To Respect International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law

The Security Council this afternoon strongly condemned attacks by armed groups on innocent civilians and all humanitarian personnel in Somalia. It strongly urged the Somali factions to respect international humanitarian and human rights law, to ensure the safety and freedom of movement of all humanitarian personnel and to faciliate the delivery of humanitarian relief to all those in need.

In a statement read out by its President,

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IRIN Horn of Africa Update, 29 June

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SUDAN: Kofi Annan appeals for end to fighting around Bahr el-Ghazal
A statement issued on Wednesday by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan expressed concern over the renewed fighting between Sudanese government forces and the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) in the Bahr el-Ghazal region. He appealed to all parties to desist immediately from fighting, to save the lives of innocent civilians and to restore the humanitarian ceasefire. The statement follows an announcement on Monday by the SPLA that it had captured the garrison town of Gogrial
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Somalia: Warring clans switch fight to polio

Mogadishu, Somalia: Vaccinators, warlords and militia in Mogadishu all came together this week to bring the fight against polio to the city for the first time since 1998.
Violence and running battles prevented the campaigners from covering the city during country-wide immunization days in 1999, and threatened to sink these specially targeted days. Just a few days before the 25 June start date, fighting in one district left 30 dead and 50 injured, while in another incident, vaccines were looted and a UN car stolen crossing the 'green line' between the north and south of the city.
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Somalia humanitarian update 29 Jun 2000

SACB CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE
SUMMARY

Three weeks of heavy rainfall from the end of April through the second week of May have generally improved conditions across Somalia. However, there has been little to no rainfall since the second dekad of May. Without further rains, crop development will falter and poor Gu harvest yields are likely. Already, 750,000 people are considered highly vulnerable following three consecutive years of below normal rainfall and dwindling household resource bases. Crop failure and/or renewed conflict

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IRIN Horn of Africa Update, 28 June

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SUDAN: Turabi launches new political party
Hassan al-Turabi, the former parliamentary speaker and ex-secretary general of Sudan's ruling National Congress (NC) party, announced the launching of a new political party on Tuesday, the Sudanese news agency (SUNA) reported. Turabi told a press conference at his Khartoum residence that the new party, the People's National Congress, would be a "comprehensive shura organisation", indicating that it would be outside the government. He accused President Omar al-Bashir
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