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Now Somaliland Tells UNSOM To Leave, Will Kay Keep Talking?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, June 15 -- Two days after Somaliland through its foreign minister told UN envoy to Somalia Nicholas Kay that his UNSOM mission is not welcome in Somaliland, Inner City Press asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin Nesirky for the UN's response. It was upbeat.

Now, from a Hargeisa Q&A with Somaliland foreign minister, Mohamed A. Omar

Q (Mohamoud Walaaleye): What was the purpose meeting between you and Mr. Kay, and his elaboration ‘There is common will to continue the dialogue?

Mohamed A. Omar: We have explained to the SRSG the decision we have made regarding the political aspects of UNSOM"s mandate in greater details. We have also exchanged our views on how the UN country teams can continue delivering humanitarian and development assistance, while the political section should be closed. We hope the UN will understand our concerns and continue to work with us in other area.

Q: Did he tell you gathering up their equipments for leaving?

Mohamed A. Omar: We told him that the political office should close.


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