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[Yemen] Small fishing boats, like this one in Bossaso'o busy commercial port, carry up to 125 people when used to smuggle migrants from the Somali coast across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen. Smugglers charge $30 to $50 and sometimes throw their passengers out
The fishermen are asking for help to get rid of illegal ships. (UNHCR/K.McKinsey)

UN Security Council members have underlined the importance of continued talks between the UN and the government of Angola, especially on a future UN presence in the country.

Council President Ambassador Baboucarr-Blaise Jagne of Gambia said on Tuesday that members had expressed a “close interest in the UN Secretariat reaching an early agreement.” Jagne was speaking after a briefing by the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Bernard Miyet, on his recent visit to Angola, where he had held talks with senior government officials.

Miyet was able to reach an agreement in principle with the Angolan government on a small UN mission that would include political, information and humanitarian components. No agreement had been reached on military observers or human rights monitors, the UN information agency reported.

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