U.N. chief regrets ousted envoy to Somalia

SG Anthony Guetaras official portrait

Mareeg Media.The Secretary-General deeply regrets the decision of the Government of
the Federal Republic of Somalia to declare the Special Representative
of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations
Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Nicholas Haysom, persona non

The Secretary-General has full confidence in Mr. Haysom, an
experienced and respected international civil servant who has
distinguished himself in numerous senior leadership roles, in the
field and at UN Headquarters.

The doctrine of persona non grata does not apply to, or in respect of,
United Nations personnel.  As described in the 1961 Vienna Convention
on Diplomatic Relations, the doctrine applies to diplomatic agents who
are accredited by one State to another in the context of their
bilateral relations.  The United Nations is not a State and its
personnel are not accredited to the States where they are deployed,
but work under the sole responsibility of the Secretary-General.

At the same time the Secretary-General is totally committed to
ensuring that the needs of the Somali people are at the forefront of
the work of the United Nations in Somalia. UNSOM needs to be able to
carry out in the most effective manner its mandate to support the
country.  Therefore, he intends to appoint in due course a new Special
Representative for Somalia and Head of UNSOM.

The Secretary-General remains strongly committed to assisting Somalia
in its efforts to achieve peace, stability and prosperity for all.

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