News in Brief 27 July 2015 (AM)

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A street scene in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. File Photo: AU-UN IST/Stuart Price

Terrorist attack in Somalia condemned by UN

A terrorist attack on the Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, which resulted in several deaths and injuries, has been condemned by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the country.

Nicholas Kay said the killers will not succeed in impeding the progress being made by the Somali people and government towards building a peaceful country.

He also commended the swift response of Somalia's security and first responders.

"Positive and results oriented" talks on Cyprus

The Turkish Cypriot leader and the Greek Cypriot leader continue to move towards their shared vision of a united, federal Cyprus.

That's according to the Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, who described the climate of the talks as "positive and results oriented".

The United Nations has been working to bridge differences on the divided island of Cyprus since 1964.

Mr Eide said the discussion between the leaders on Monday focused mainly on the issue of property.

Tribute paid to late Permanent Representative of Djibouti

The global community paid tribute on Monday to the late Permanent Representative of Djibouti to the UN, Roble Olhaye, who passed away last week.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Ambassador Olhaye made important contributions to advancing progress on the UN's core mission of achieving peace, human rights and development.

"Ambassador Olhaye was a passionate champion of Africa and a great believer in the value of the continent's partnership with the United Nations. Thanks in part to this support, we have strengthened our important bond, making a difference in the lives of millions of people."

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on the passing of Roble Olhaye of Djibouti

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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