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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres expressed regret at the decision by the Federal Government of Somalia to declare his Special Representative and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Nicholas Haysom, persona non-grata. UNIFEED / FILE

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DATELINE: 02 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN headquarters

04 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Farhan Haq at the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“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, Nicholas Haysom, persona non grata. 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.”
4. Med shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“The Secretary-General has spoken twice in the last few days with President Farmajo of Somalia.”
6. Med shot, press briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“We hold firm to our position that the doctrine of personal non grata does not apply but at the same time, it’s crucial that the UN Mission on the ground is able to go about its work.”
8. Wide shot, press briefing room

FILE - 29 OCTOBER 2018, KISMAYO, SOMALIA

9. Wide shot, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Nicholas Haysom getting off aircraft upon arrival in Kismayo
10. Med shot, parade of honour
11. Close up, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Ambassador Francisco Madeira and Special Representative of the Secretary-General Nicholas Haysom

FILE – 03 JANUARY 2019, UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK

12. SOUNDBTE (English) Special Representative of the Secretary-General Nicholas Haysom:
“Politics is complex in any nation, but in one that is still establishing its norms, institutional parameters and still debating the responsibilities of its respective governance structures, there is a risk that complexity shifts to conflict.”

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres expressed regret at the decision by the Federal Government of Somalia to declare his Special Representative and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Nicholas Haysom, persona non-grata.

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, today (4 Jan) said, “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.”

Haq said in the last few days, the Secretary-General had twice spoken with President Farmajo of Somalia. He said, “we hold firm to our position that the doctrine of persona non-grata does not apply but at the same time, it’s crucial that the UN Mission on the ground is able to go about its work.”

He stressed that the Secretary-General remained strongly committed to assisting Somalia in its efforts to achieve peace, stability and prosperity for all.

Yesterday (3 Jan), Haysom addressed the United Nations Security Council, cautioning that politics is complex in any nation, but in one that is still establishing its norms, institutional parameters” and debating how they will work for the common good “there is a risk that complexity shifts to conflict.”

Haysom was named to the Somalia post on 12 September 2018, succeeding Michael Keating of the United Kingdom.

Haysom served previously as the United Nations Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan. A national of South Africa, Haysom is a lawyer with a long international career with a focus on democratic governance, constitutional and electoral reforms, reconciliation and peace processes.

He served as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) from 2014 to 2016, and as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan from 2012 to 2014. He was also Director for Political, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General from 2007 to 2012, and Head of the Office of Constitutional Support for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq from 2005 to 2007.

From 2002 to 2005, Haysom was the principal adviser to the Mediator in the Sudanese Peace Process. He was involved in the Burundi Peace Talks as Chair of the committee negotiating constitutional issues from 1999 to 2002 under the facilitation of the late former President Nelson Mandela, and served in the Government of South Africa, including as Chief Legal and Constitutional Adviser in the Office of the President from 1994 to 1999.
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