UN chief in unprecedented surprise visit to Somalia

AFP , Friday 9 Dec 2011

Ban Ki-moon
Prime Minister of Norway Jens Stoltenberg and Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon (R) address a news conference on mobilizing long-term climate finance for developing countries at the COP17 of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC) in Durban December 7, 2011. (Photo:Reuters)

UN chief Ban Ki-moon arrived Friday in Mogadishu for a surprise visit -- the first by a UN secretary general since the start of the Somali conflict in 1991, an AFP reporter said.

Ban, wearing a bullet-proof vest, was welcomed by Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali at Mogadishu airport before making his way to the presidential palace.

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