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Ban Ki-moon makes surprise visit to Mogadishu

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-12-10

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Mogadishu on Friday for a surprise visit to the war-torn capital following military gains by African Union forces against al-Shabaab militants, who controlled much of the city only a year ago.

AP – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Somalia’s seaside capital on Friday, the first visit in years by the U.N.’s top leader to a city known for a seemingly perpetual state of war.

Ban’s arrival in the war-torn capital city was made possible because of the military gains that African Union forces have made this year against al-Shabab militants, who last year at this time controlled most of Mogadishu. Still, the militants have been waging a campaign of roadside and suicide bomb attacks, injecting some risk into the U.N. chief’s visit.

Ban met with Somali leaders and officials from the African Union force, and he was expected to make an announcement about the U.N.’s involvement in Mogadishu. A police official confirmed that Ban had arrived but said he could not be quoted by name.

The trip was surrounded by secrecy. No public announcement had been made of Ban’s visit, though rumors began circulating around Mogadishu on Thursday, when Ban was visiting neighboring Kenya. The visit is the first in years to Mogadishu by the U.N.’s top official.

Mogadishu fell into chaos in 1991 after its last president was ousted. Warlords then turned on each other, plunging the country into a near perpetual state of anarchy the last two decades. After the failed 1993 U.S. military intervention that ended with the battle known as “Black Hawk Down,” the international community largely pulled out of Mogadishu.

The city hosts no international embassies and very few Western aid workers. The U.N.’s mission for Somalia has been based in neighboring Kenya for years.

Ban’s visit signals that the U.N. believes progress is being made, at the least by the African Union military force and perhaps even the U.N.-backed government in Mogadishu known as the Transitional Federal Government. The TFG has a president, a prime minister, Cabinet and hundreds of parliamentarians, though the government has few accomplishments it can point to and controls only the capital.
 

Date created : 2011-12-09

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