UN Fails to convince Somalia to accept expelled envoy

The Somali leader Mohamed abdullahi. Photo: CGTN

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – All attempts by the United Nations to persuade Somalia to rescind on its decision to expel its representative to the Horn of Africa country have failed, sources told ADV on Saturday.

Diplomatic sources in Addis Ababa, told ADV that UN Secretary General expressed regrets during a telephone call with the Somali leader Mohamed abdullahi on Friday.

Speaking further during the telephone discussion, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres agreed to appoint a new UN envoy to Somalia to replace Guterres’ representative, Nichola Haysom from South Africa.

Somalia expelled Haysom last Tuesday over his alleged interference in the country’s national sovereignty.

The accusation stems from Haysom’s correspondence issues to Somalia’s security minister on 30 December expressing concern over “the alleged involvement of UN-supported Somali security forces in the arrest of Mukhtar Robow on 13 December 2018.

The incident led to the killing of about 15 civilians and the arrest of approximately 300 people involved in the demonstrations on 13, 14, and 15 December.

Robow, the individual referred to in the letter, is a former Islamist al Shabaab militant whose bid to become a regional leader in the country in an election last month was blocked.

During a UN debate on the Haysom’s expulsion, the Somalia’s Ambassador Abukar Dahir Osman insisted that the United Nations should not interfere in his country’s national affairs.

He explained that Robow, a Al-Shabaab militants “cannot assume leadership positions without going through stringent established rehabilitation programmes”.

Osman added that “a terrorist should not be allowed to rebrand himself as an “ice cream salesperson”.

The UN mission in Somalia is tasked with supporting peace efforts and the strengthening of government institutions in the Horn of Africa nation, which was left ruined by decades of civil war.

As part of that, the UN supports police officers, including with stipend salary payments, logistics, uniforms and training.

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