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31 Dec 2001 description


INTRODUCTION
This is the third and final issue in 2001 of this quarterly report prepared by the FAO Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) on the food supply situation, cereal import and food aid requirements for all countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The report is designed to provide the latest analysis and information on the food situation in these countries to governments, international organizations and other institutions engaged in humanitarian operations.

28 Dec 2001 description

NAIROBI - The UN World Food Programme today expressed increased concern about the precarious humanitarian situation in southern Somalia, where some 500,000 people are suffering from serious food shortages due to drought and economic turmoil.

28 Dec 2001 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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27 Dec 2001 description
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NAIROBI, 27 December (IRIN) - Heavy fighting erupted in Medina district, in the southwest of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, early on Thursday morning, leaving unknown numbers of people dead and wounded, local sources told IRIN.

26 Dec 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 26 December (IRIN) - Some 4,000 Somali refugees returned home in two convoys from Daror camp (8.44 N; 44.42 E) in eastern Ethiopia on Saturday and Sunday, 22 and 24 December, the UN refugee agency told IRIN on Wednesday. Most of the refugees in Daror are from the Burao area, in the Toghdeer Region of northwestern Somalia.

26 Dec 2001 description

Despite growing U.S. government concerns about the alleged presence of extremist groups in Somalia linked with the terrorist network of Osama bin Laden, the international community largely continues to largely ignore a golden opportunity to strengthen stability and political moderation in Somalia's peaceful northwest corner--known as Somaliland--where a fragile young government is seeking good relations with the West.

26 Dec 2001 description
report UN Security Council

S/2001/1259
Letter dated 21 December 2001 from the Chairman of the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 751 (1992) concerning Somalia addressed to the President of the Security Council

I have the honour to transmit herewith the annual report, adopted today, of the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 751 (1992) concerning Somalia (see annex), which is being submitted in accordance with the note by the President of the Council of 29 March 1995 (S/1995/234).

(Signed) Noureddine Mejdoub
Chairman

24 Dec 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 24 December (IRIN) - Four days of peace talks between the Somali Transitional National Government (TNG) and factions opposed to it ended in Nairobi on Sunday, with both sides claming the talks had been a success and that a peace deal was to be signed in the Kenyan town of Nakuru on Monday, a Kenyan source told IRIN.

21 Dec 2001 description

As the Security Council Committee concerning Somalia adopted its report today, members considered it imperative to recall the fact that there was an arms embargo against that country, Noureddine Mejdoub of Tunisia told correspondents today at a Headquarters press briefing.
He was speaking in his capacity as Chairman of the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 751 (1992). He said the report covered the period from 1 January to December of the present year, and would be formally presented to the Security Council.

21 Dec 2001 description

While Somalia is back in the news as a potential target of anti-terrorism actions, Action Against Hunger, working in Somalia since 1992, voices its concern regarding the dramatic situation of the Somalian populations which is worsening each day.

21 Dec 2001 description
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UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
IRIN-CEA
Tel: +254 2 622147
Fax: +254 2 622129

21 Dec 2001 description
report ActionAid

Military raids by the United States on Somalia could have a devastating effect on one of the world's poorest regions. The alert comes as the US awaits inquiries on alleged links between extremist Somalis and terrorist groups before finalising a decision on targeting the east African country. Italy also may send troops into its former colony Somalia, according to defence minister Antonio Martino.

21 Dec 2001 description

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21 Dec 2001 description
report ActionAid

ActionAid today called on the UK government to put pressure on the US to lift the economic and military threat hanging over the Somali people. It said that the US freeze on the assets of Al Barakaat - the main banking and telecommunications system in the region - had severed financial aid to many Somali families reliant on remittances from relatives overseas.

19 Dec 2001 description

Refugees returning from Kosovo to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

19 Dec 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 19 December (IRIN) - Talks aimed at bringing about reconciliation between Somalia's Transitional National Government (TNG) and factions opposed to it, due to have opened in Nairobi last week, are now scheduled to begin on Thursday, a Kenyan government source told IRIN on Wednesday. The talks were delayed because of the absence of some key faction leaders.

18 Dec 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 18 December (IRIN) - The recently-elected president of the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland in northeastern Somalia, Jama Ali Jama, has named some members of his new cabinet, a legal expert in Bosaso, the regional commercial capital, told IRIN on Tuesday.