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UN expresses concern over Somalia famine

08-16-2011 09:43 BJT

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The UN Security Council has announced a goal-setting meeting in Somalia with the aim of promoting peace and stability in the lawless country. During a statement read to journalists at UN headquarters in New York on Monday, India's UN Ambassador, Hardeep Singh Puri, said the meeting will be held on September 4 through 6. Puri also reiterated the Security Council's "grave concern" about the famine in Somalia.

Hardeep Singh Puri, India’s Ambassador to the UN said, "The members of the Security Council welcomed the mobilization of the international community so far, urged Member States to contribute to the United Nations Consolidated Appeal for Somalia and expressed serious concern that the Appeal is not fully funded. The members of the Security Council urged all parties and armed groups to ensure full, safe and unhindered access for the timely delivery of humanitarian aid to persons in need of assistance across Somalia, and to take appropriate steps to ensure the safety and security of drought-affected populations and humanitarian personnel and supplies."

Women from drought-stricken southern Somalia queue to receive aid at a food distribution
centre in Mogadishu, Somalia, Aug. 10, 2011. (Xinhua/Faisal Isse)


Editor:Zou Xian |Source: CNTV.CN

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