Mar 25, 2011

Somaliland: UN Envoy Makes Unexpected Visit

Somaliland officials met with the UN Special Envoy in Hargeisa where issues as the shortage of water supply were discussed


Below is an article published by  All Head Line News:


Augustine Mahiga, United Nations special envoy for Somalia, Wednesday paid a surprise visit to Hargeisa, the capital of the breakaway republic of Somaliland.


Immediately after his arrival at Hargeisa's Egal International Airport, Mahiga was welcomed by Somaliland officials including the minister of foreign affairs, Mohamed Abdullahi.


The UN official held a closed-door meeting with the president of Somaliland, Ahmed Mahmoud Silanyo and other top officials, according to reports. Issues such as the country's long-running drought and starting humanitarian services in parts of the separatist republic were high on the agenda.


No further details were immediately available from the meetings. Sources close to the authorities said that Mahiga’s visit will last two days.


Reports said that Puntland would be the envoy’s next stopover to give fresh impetus to the UN’s efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to drought-affected Somalis in Puntland and other regions in central Somalia.


It is the second visit to Somalia for the envoy in less than three months.