UN chief calls his envoy’s letter as “impolite” to Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has blamed his own especial ambassador to Somalia, Nicholas Haysom for getting thrown out of Somalia.
Guterres called Haysom’s letter to the government about human rights as “impolite” and “arrogant” during a closed door UN staff meeting.
However, Antonio Guterres’s remarks came after Somalia expelled the UN’s top envoy, Nicholas Haysom, accusing him of “shaming” the world body by acting like the country’s ruler.
Mr Haysom had raised concern about the killing of protesters allied with ex-militant Islamist Mukhtar Robow.
Security forces were allegedly involved in the deaths of about 15 of the protesters and the detention of about 300 people, the UN says.
Somalia’s government is heavily dependent on foreign aid.
The UN provides training, uniforms and stipends to its security forces, who are battling militant Islamist group al-Shabab.
The al-Qaeda-linked group said it had fired mortars into the UN compound in the capital, Mogadishu.