Jan 09, 2019

Somaliland: Hargeisa Expresses Concerns Over Mogadishu’s Decision to Expel Top United Nations Envoy to Somalia

In a statement last week, Somaliland expressed their admiration for the work done by the top United Nations envoy to Somalia, as well as their concern of the decision by Mogadishu to expel him. Somaliland believes that the decision is driven by a hidden agenda, which might be dangerous to the region. However, they also stress that the decision by the Somali Federal government is Somalia’s own internal affair and it does therefore not directly concern Somaliland.

The article below was published by The East African

The self-declared republic of Somaliland has expressed concerns over to the decision by Mogadishu to expel top United Nations envoy to Somalia.

Somaliland in a statement late Wednesday [2 January 2019] said Nicholas Haysom, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, had done a commendable job since his appointment in September.

“The Somaliland government believes that the decision to expel the UN envoy is driven by a hidden agenda that may have a negative consequence for the region,” the statement read.

The breakaway northern region also distanced itself from pronouncements made by Mogadishu.

“The decision by the Somali government does not concern Somaliland,” it said, adding that “any activities of the Somali Federal government are its own internal affairs and have no relevance to Somaliland.”

Mogadishu ordered Mr Haysom to leave the country accusing him of interfering with Somalia’s sovereignty after he raised concerns over the actions of UN-backed Somali security forces in recent violence in South West State.

“The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Haysom, is no longer welcome and cannot operate in the country,” read the statement from the Foreign Affairs ministry late Tuesday [1 January 2019].

The move followed Mr Haysom’s letter dated December 30 to the government expressing concerns over the arrest of former Al Shabaab deputy leader Mukhtar Robow, which sparked violent protests that left 15 civilians dead and at least 300 people detained on December 13-15 in the southern town of Baidoa, the capital of South West region.

Mr Robow was seeking to run for presidency of the South West State before he was arrested for “undermining stability” and flown to Mogadishu.

Mr Haysom, in his letter, asked the government to provide explanation about the atrocities committed in Baidoa and the detention of Mukhtar Robow.

Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in May 1991 but is yet to get global acceptance.


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