News in Brief 15 January 2016 (PM)

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African Union (AU) troops in the Gedo region of Somalia. Photo: AU UN IST/Mahamud Hassan

Terrorist attack on African Union mission in Somalia condemned

A terrorist attack on the African Union mission (AMISOM) in Somalia has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon said the attack carried out against AMISOM by Al Shabaab terrorists on Friday will not deter international efforts to support Somalia.

Reports of causalities in the attack have not yet been verified.

Both "encouragement and support" to find peace in Cyprus

Both "encouragement and support" will be needed to create a lasting peace in Cyprus.

That was the message delivered to the UN Security Council Friday by the Special Advisor on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide.

In a closed-door meeting the Council was told that progress is being made on a final deal between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities in Cyprus.

Mr Eide said that if in fact a peace agreement is reached, the UN would still need to be actively involved on the ground.

"If we will be seeing the final solution to the division of Cyprus there will be a role of the United Nations and the two leaders have expressed to us very clearly that they expect the UN to play a role."

The UN has been working to bridge differences on the divided island for more than 50 years.

Repeated calls for humanitarian access in Yemen continue to go unheeded

Despite repeated calls for immediate humanitarian access to meet urgent health needs in Yemen, aid workers are still unable to deliver vital medical supplies.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that the situation in the city of Taiz is of particular concern.

For more than four weeks, trucks loaded with life-saving medicines and supplies have been denied entry into the city.

WHO says that the medical supplies are urgently needed by 250,000 people trapped inside the besieged city.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

Duration: 1’32″

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