Somalia UN envoy urges Security Council to maintain pressure for resumption of

In a closed-door briefing to the Council, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Francois Lonsény Fall called on the 15-member body to press both the Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs) and the Supreme Court of Islamic Courts to not take any provocative measures that might cause a further deterioration of the situation.Speaking later to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Fall said he was disappointed that the second round of dialogue – proposed for later this month in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum – has been postponed again.Mr. Fall said his office was informed this morning by Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, Chairman of the Executive Council of the Islamic Courts, that talks with the TFIs would not be possible as long as Ethiopian troops remained in Somalia.Asked if he could confirm reports that Ethiopian troops were operating in Somalia, Mr. Fall said his office had no monitoring capacity on the ground to make such a confirmation. But he added that all countries should refrain from interfering in the affairs of Somalia, which has not had a functioning national government since President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled in 1991.Representatives of the TFIs, which are based in Baidoa, and the Supreme Council of Islamic Courts held talks in Khartoum in June after militias associated with the Courts drove warlords out of Mogadishu, to take control of the capital earlier that month. read more

Glencore awards Mount Isa Black Rock Cave development contract to PYBAR

first_imgSpecialist underground mining contractor PYBAR Mining Services has been awarded a two year contract at the Glencore-owned Mount Isa Mines’ Black Rock Cave underground copper project in Queensland.PYBAR will complete underground decline and level development including primary development, drive stripping and shotcreting for the Black Rock Cave project.The company will employ 43 personnel on site at peak production. Personnel and fleet will be mobilised to site by mid-May.PYBAR CEO Brendan Rouse said: “We have a long history at Mount Isa Mines. The award of Black Rock will expand our existing presence and enhance our ongoing partnership with Glencore and the local community.”last_img read more