UN chief visits Somalia for first time since 1993

By REUTERS
December 9, 2011 12:24

 
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MOGADISHU - Ban Ki-moon made the first visit to Somalia by a UN Secretary General since 1993 on Friday and pledged to open a UN political office in the war-ravaged capital Mogadishu in January.

Ban said his visit was to show solidarity with the Somalia people and to pledge continued international support as the government and African Union troops fight Islamist rebels and politicians work towards elections next year.

The UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) has a few political officers on the ground in Mogadishu but high-level officials are based in Kenya's capital Nairobi due to security concerns.

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