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Somali nationals confirmed dead in South Sudan conflicts


By Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar
Thursday, December 26, 2013

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Two Somali nationals were confirmed to have perished in the armed confrontations in the world’s newest country  ‘the South Sudan’ Somalia’s foreign minister and Deputy Prime Minister Fawzia Yusuf H. Adam told reporters in Mogadishu upon arrival at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International airport on Tuesday.

Mrs. Adam returned from South Sudan, where she acted as a key member of a peace mission of foreign ministers from IGAD-member nations whose aim was to mediate between warring sides in South Sudan.

“With the help of Somali embassy in South Sudan, we have confirmed that two Somali nationals were killed during conflicts there for the past several days” the deputy prime minister told reporters upon arrival on Tuesday.

She added that at least 120 other Somalis have sought refugee into the compounds of the small UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. She praised the role of Somali diplomatic mission in Juba which she said were accomplishing their mission in the smoothest manner of diplomacy.

Meanwhile, the deputy prime minister noted that Somalia regained its full diplomatic role in the international community after more than decades of absence.

“Somalia was a key player in the world’s diplomacy and in particularly Africa---that role was missing since Somalia fell into anarchy just more than 23 years ago, but fortunately our lost publicity has returned and currently Somalia is playing its role in the world” foreign minister and deputy prime minister Fawzia Yusuf H. Adam told a press conference.

Somalia’s involvement in the process of finding a lasting solution to the renewed armed conflicts in South Sudan was seen as a ‘positive international diplomacy’ for the war-ravaged country.

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