UN / SOMALIA HAYSOM

03-Jan-2019 00:03:05
UN Special Representative for Somalia said the violence which erupted following the arrest of a former Al-Shabab deputy leader who was running for office in the South West State “marred” the electoral process and may also have implications for “the likelihood of future al-Shabaab defectors who may be considering exchanging violence for a political path.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SOMALIA HAYSOM
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DATELINE: 03 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

03 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, United Nations:
“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. We witnessed this during the electoral process in South West State. Allegations of interference by the Federal Government and the violence which erupted following the arrest of one of the candidates, a former al-Shabaab deputy leader, marred the process and does not bode well for upcoming electoral processes in other regions or for the 2020 national elections. This may also have implications for the likelihood of future al-Shabaab defectors who may be considering exchanging violence for a political path.”
3. Pan left, Security Council
4. SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, United Nations:
“Al-Shabaab remains the biggest source of insecurity in Somalia. Despite the ongoing operations to degrade the terrorist group, it still has the capacity to conduct indiscriminate attacks on Somali citizens, and target electoral delegates, the Somali security forces and AMISOM.”
5. Med shot, Somali ambassador
6. SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, United Nations:
“Somalia has laid the foundations to make significant progress in 2019. The plans are in place and the milestones are clear. The management of the upcoming regional elections in 2019 and the remaining political processes, particularly the review of the Constitution, will determine whether Somalia makes further progress or not.”
7. Wide shot, Security Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Abukar Osman, Permanent Representative of the Federal Government of Somalia to the United Nations:
“Somalia distinguishes between the institutions that we are part of and individual conduct that has a detrimental effect on our fragile nation. Our Government is taking Somalia to a new future. It is no more of transitional nature, but a sovereign nation with all its rights and privileges. We are battling against terrorism, clan mentalities, and corruption. It is our expectation that the leadership of the UN will support that strategic picture.”
9. Wide shot, ambassadors
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Abukar Osman, Permanent Representative of the Federal Government of Somalia to the United Nations:
“While we strive to re-establish the rule of law and end a culture of impunity, we reject the criticism and attempt to rebrand renewed terrorism as an ice cream salesperson without redeeming themselves.”
11. Wide shot, Security Council
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Abukar Osman, Permanent Representative of the Federal Government of Somalia to the United Nations:
“I cannot conclude my remarks without once again reiterating our appeal to the Security Council that the UN and its representatives have a duty, even an obligation, to respect their mandate and do not interfere in our internal affairs, and let the Somalis control their own destiny.”
13. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
UN Special Representative for Somalia said the violence which erupted following the arrest of a former Al-Shabab deputy leader who was running for office in the South West State “marred the process” and may also have implications for “the likelihood of future al-Shabaab defectors who may be considering exchanging violence for a political path.”

Addressing the Security Council today (03 Jan), Nicholas Haysom said Somalia has maintained a positive trajectory but warned that continuing political turbulence could throw it off course. He said the political landscape in the country is complicated by electoral processes that are currently underway in several Federal Member State. He added, “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.”

Haysom said allegations of interference by the Federal Government in the South West State elections and the violence which erupted following the arrest of one of the candidates, a former al-Shabaab deputy leader, “marred the process and does not bode well for upcoming electoral processes in other regions or for the 2020 national elections.” He said 15 people, including a regional assembly member were killed during the violence.

The Special Representative strongly condemned the mortar attack carried out by Al-Shabab on the UN premises that took place two days ago which left three staff members injured. He underlined that Al-Shabaab remained “the biggest source of insecurity in Somalia.” He said despite the ongoing operations to degrade the terrorist group, “it still has the capacity to conduct indiscriminate attacks on Somali citizens, and target electoral delegates, the Somali security forces and AMISOM.”

Haysom said Somalia had made economic and political progress and has “laid the foundations to make significant progress in 2019.” He said the management of the upcoming regional elections in 2019 and the remaining political processes, particularly the review of the Constitution, would determine “whether Somalia makes further progress or not.”

Somali ambassador Abukar Osman said the Somali people wanted their country to have its place in the community of nations and demand that their government assume its responsibility in shaping their future. HE added, “Somalia distinguishes between the institutions that we are part of and individual conduct that has a detrimental effect on our fragile nation. Our Government is taking Somalia to a new future. It is no more of transitional nature, but a sovereign nation with all its rights and privileges. We are battling against terrorism, clan mentalities, and corruption. It is our expectation that the leadership of the UN will support that strategic picture.”

Osman said proscribed individuals from Al-Shabab and other terrorist organizations could assume leadership positions in his country without going through a stringent established rehabilitation programme. He added that his Government “reject[s] the criticism and attempt to rebrand renewed terrorism as an ice cream salesperson without redeeming themselves” as it strived to re-establish the rule of law and end a culture of impunity.

The Somali ambassador reiterated his appeal to the Security Council that “the UN and its representatives have a duty, even an obligation, to respect their mandate and do not interfere in [Somalia’s] internal affairs, and let the Somalis control their own destiny.”


Somalia had declared Nicholas Haysom persona non-grata this week and asked him to leave the country following his criticism of the events which took place in the South West State. The Government said that Haysom violated international diplomatic norms by interfering in the State’s national sovereignty.

News reports detailed on Monday that the UN diplomat wrote the Somali Government a letter asking it, among other things, to explain the legal basis for arresting Mukhtar Robow, the former al-Shabab deputy leader who was the main challenger in the South West State elections for regional presidency.
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