Somalia

UN condemns murder of Somali activist in Mogadishu

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Nairobi (11 July 2005) - The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Maxwell Gaylard, has strongly condemned the murder of Abdulkadir Yahya Ali, co-founder and director of the Centre for Research and Dialogue (CRD), in Mogadishu early this morning.

"We are shocked and dismayed by this assassination and send our sincere condolences to his family and friends," Mr. Gaylard said. "Yahya was a committed advocate for peace and reconciliation, and his optimism never faltered. This is a great loss to Mogadishuand Somaliaat this particular time when people of his courage and tenacity are most needed."

CRD is an affiliate of the War Torn Societies Project International (WSP).

For more information, please contact:

Sandra Macharia, Information Officer, UNDP Somalia
Tel: (254 20) 4183640/2; Fax: (254 20) 4183641; Email: sandra.macharia@undp.org