UN Security Council calls for an end to hostilities in Somalia

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The UN Security Council has demanded that all parties in Somalia comply fully with international humanitarian law, protect the civilian population, and guarantee complete, unhindered and secure access for humanitarian assistance.

The council also demanded that the authorities do all they can to facilitate the free movement of aid and humanitarian workers throughout Somalia and when entering and leaving the country. The President of the Security Council is Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry of the United Kingdom:

"The Security Council expresses its grave concern at the renewed fighting in Somalia, deeply deplores the loss of civilian life - condemning in particular the indiscriminate shelling of heavily populated areas of Mogadishu - and the humanitarian impact of the fighting."

The council called on all parties to immediately end the hostilities and agree to a comprehensive ceasefire.