He urges the Somali authorities to investigate the attacks and swiftly bring those responsible to justice.
NEW YORK, United States of America, January 2, 2019 – The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s attacks against the United Nations compound in Mogadishu. He wishes a speedy recovery to the injured colleagues.
The Secretary-General recalls that intentionally directing armed attacks against United Nations personnel may constitute a violation of international humanitarian law. He urges the Somali authorities to investigate the attacks and swiftly bring those responsible to justice.
The Secretary-General reaffirms that such acts will not diminish the strong resolve of the United Nations to continue supporting the people and Government of Somalia in their efforts to build peace and stability in the country.
You know you got a special place in the world, when your the Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). However, the man with role, Nicholas Haysom, have gotten himself in a pickle. He is person non-grata by the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) or Villa Somalia. Meaning, the UN Representative in Somalia isn’t allowed to enter or be in Somalia. That is what you can say is rich. Very rich.
This coming the very day, when the UNSOM statement says this:
““Today’s indirect fire attack on the main UN compound in Mogadishu may amount to a violation of international humanitarian law, and I deplore this unwarranted act of aggression against our personnel,” said Mr. Haysom. “No political agenda can be served through violence that deliberately targets staff members of international organizations who are supporting the consolidation of peace and the strengthening of governing institutions in Somalia. I wish our wounded colleagues a full recovery from their injuries.” (UNSOM, 01.01.2019).
That after a bomb or grenades launched at the UN Headquarters in Mogadishu. Clearly, the UN had to answer and explain what happen. Certainly the UN Representative hit a nerve. But their might also be questions about him. As on the 30th December 2018, the same man sent a letter to the Minister of Internal Security of Somalia. Where he answers if any UN Personnel was involved in the arrest of Muktar Rowbow on the 13th December 2018.
Clearly, the UN Representative knows how to strike the nerves of Villa Somalia. He knows how to push the buttons and also scratch the itches there. That is why, instead of answering his questions of December 2018. They are now suspending him and making it impossible for the UN Representative to work within the Federal Republic of Somalia. That is what FGS is doing.
This is happening on the same day, there is direct attempt and attack of the UN Headquarters in Mogadishu These things seems to be connected and wouldn’t happen separately. As they are happening within short time span. This is a retaliation against his questions and his words towards the FGS.
If this is a cheap shot for popularity, it might move the patriotic people at first, but the donor-funding, the support of AMISOM and the other missions might dwindle. As the Foreign Donors cannot trust a government, who cannot be questioned for their actions. This is poor planning and leadership. That might be costly in the long-run. They are doing the short-con, without considering the long-con.
Haysom might trigger many people with his letters and his questions, but just answer them. If your not afraid of them. But seemingly, there is something more to give, as the FGS has banished him. Peace.