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Statement Condemning Recent Terror Attacks
Mogadishu, 18 February 2013 - The UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) condemns the terror attacks that have occurred in Somalia during the first half of February 2013, including the killing of leading Somali Islamic scholar, Sheikh Abdiqadir "Ga'amey" Nur Farah, in Garowe.
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Report of the UN Secretary-General on Somalia

The Secretary-General's Report (S/2013/69) of 31 January 2013 provides an update on major developments that occurred in Somalia on the three major tracks of the United Nations approach — (i) political; (ii) security; and (iii) humanitarian, recovery and development, and human rights. It also provides options and recommendations for the future United Nations presence in Somalia.

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Somalia

New York, 05 February 2013 – The Secretary-General is deeply disappointed over the one-year sentences handed down in Mogadishu today against a woman and a Somali journalist. The woman alleged she was raped by armed men in government uniforms while living in a camp for internally displaced persons.

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A New Start for Released Hostages

Mogadishu, 04 February 2013 - “It was truly like being born again. We had given up hope and suddenly we were brought back to life,” one of the surviving crew members of the MV ICEBERG 1 said as he was released on his birthday, after being held hostage for over 1000 days by pirates off the coast of Somalia.  Watch video of hostages following their release: http://vimeo.com/56538458

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Statement on Opening of Trial in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, 01 February 2013 – The UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) notes that charges have been filed against five individuals in the case opened by the Somali National Police investigating the publication in the media of an allegedly fabricated report on sexual violence in Mogadishu.  A journalist, Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim, was charged under Article 269 of the Somali penal code for offending the honour of a state institution and for filing a false report.  A woman who reported having been the victim of a rape has also been charged with false reporting and for offending the honour of a state institution.  Three other individuals have also been charged in connection with the case, which is scheduled to be heard by a court in Mogadishu tomorrow, 2 February 2013.

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United Nations top political official visits Mogadishu

Mogadishu/New York,  30 January 2013 – The United Nations’ top political official, Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, visited Mogadishu and expressed the UN’s strong commitment to support Somali efforts to build peace.

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SRSG Mahiga Statement on Assassination of Somali Journalist

Mogadishu, 18 January 2013 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia, Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga condemned the murder of Shabelle radio journalist Abdihared Osman Adan, who was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen earlier today in Mogadishu.

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Year End Letter from SRSG Mahiga
We have come to the end of an historic year for Somalia, for the region and for the rest of the international community. On 10 September 2012 a new Somali Parliament, sitting in Mogadishu, elected a President—the first such democratic exercise in over twenty years. Holding such an election in the Somali capital would have been unthinkable just months before, and it sent an unambiguous signal to Somalis, to the region and to the international community that the winds of change were blowing.  In Mogadishu, the sound of gunfire and explosions has been replaced with the noise of construction and the hum of commerce. Flights into the city are booked solid months in advance. New restaurants and hotels open every day and the city’s building boom produces frequent concrete shortages. Fresh produce from the countryside and fish from the ocean spill from the city’s bustling markets and scores of Somalis from the diaspora return to Mogadishu each day. Similar stories are being played out in other cities recently recovered from the insurgents. Hope and progress have returned to Somalia.
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UN Special Representative’s statement on the IGAD Grand Stabilization Plan for South Central Somalia

Mogadishu, 08 December 2012 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga welcomes the statement issued by the Joint Committee of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on the Grand Stabilization Plan for South Central Somalia and recognizes the importance of the initiative under the auspices of the IGAD Facilitator for Somalia Peace and Reconciliation.

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IGAD Joint Committee on Grand Stabilization Plan for SC Somalia adopts MOU

Addis Ababa, 06 December 2012 –  The  IGAD Joint Committee on Grand Stabilization Plan for South Central Somalia adopted a Memorandum of Understanding. [Statement & MOU]

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