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Annan Expresses Concern Over Tension in Sool
ISSUE 105
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- British Parliamentarians To Begin At Short Visit To Somaliland Today

- Djiboutian President Defends  His Countryís Ties With Somaliland

- NOVIB Accused Of Meddling In Samo-Talis Affairs
- Annan Expresses Concern Over Tension in Sool

- Kenya Urges End To Somaliland, Puntland Tension

- Interview With Prof. Iqbal D. Jhazbhay

- Hargeisa Urban Household Economy Assessment,
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- Committee To Vet Passport Applications

- Blast injures six on Djibouti train

- Soldiers Gather In Memory

- US Issues Travel Warning To US Americans Visiting Djibouti

- Vatican Names New Envoy To Ethiopia, Djibouti And Somalia

- Roots of 1977 Somali-Ethiopian War

- How Kenya Averted War With Somalia

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- Aid Somalia Peace Bid, Ethiopia Told

- Somalia Faction Accuses Kiplagat

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Editorial & Opinions

- British Parliamentarians' visit to Somaliland

- Puntlandís Suicidal Miscalculations

- The Rule of Law and The Return of Osman Kaluun

- Drop The Press Bill

- Why Students Fail In The Final Exam: An in-depth analysis

- Kenyan Foreign Ministerís Reference To Somaliland As A Faction Criticized


Annan Expresses Concern Over Tension in Sool

New York, January 21, 2004 (SL Times) Ė United Nations

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has expressed deep concern over rising
tension between the republic of Somaliland and Somaliís autonomous
region of Puntland over Las-Anood.

The situation deteriorated following last monthís invasion of Las
Anod, capital of the Somaliland Sool region by Puntlandís warlord
Abdillahi Yusuf and there have been reports of troop build-ups and
preparations for conflict.

A statement read by the Secretary-General's spokesman, Fred Eckhard,
said: "The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the increased
tension between the administrations of 'Puntland' and 'Somaliland'
over Las Anod in Sool Region, which threatens the outbreak of
hostilities at a critical time in the Somali peace process."

The statement went to say that Annan was calling on the two sides "to
exercise utmost restraint and to refrain from the use of force", and
urging them to seek solutions through dialogue.

Sool and Sanaag fall geographically within the borders of
pre-independence British Somaliland.

Talks sponsored by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development
with a view to bringing peace to Somalia have been going on in Kenya
for over a year. However, the talks have been dogged by wrangles over
issues such as an interim charter, the number of participants in the
negotiations and the selection and number of future parliamentarians.

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