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Somalia declares U.N. envoy as persona non-grata


MOGADISHU – Somalia has declared U.N.especial envoy Nicholas Haysom of South Africa as persona non-grata, according to a statement seen by Mareeg Online.

In a statement by Somalia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said UN envoy to the country Haysom would not be welcomed any longer to operate in the war-revaged nation of Somalia.

The Ministry accused him of “violating protocols” and “deliberately interfering” in Somalia

Mr. Haysom was appointed just last September as Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

The move by the Somali government followed after Mr. Haysom asked the government about whether UN-supported forces were involved in the shooting of demonstrators in Baidoa last month.

UN envoy to Somalia, Haysom also asked about the government’s legal basis for arresting Mukhtar Robow, former Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab founder, who was detained from Baidoa, a town some 250km south west of Somali capital Mogadishu.

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