UN closes airport facility in Mogadishu, Somalia

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The UN passenger operations facility at Aden Adde International Airport within the Somali capital Mogadishu has been closed, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) stated on Sunday.

The announcement got here after the Somali authorities referred to as earlier this week for the closure of the terminal often known as MOVCON attributable to “countless violations and violations of immigration protocols.”

“The United Nations operates in Somalia in full compliance with Somali law under a Status of Mission Agreement and other relevant bilateral agreements signed by United Nations agencies, funds and programs, as well as the Charter United Nations and the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, “a UNSOM statement read.

He said the problems highlighted by the Somali government were taken “seriously”, but regretted that “the closure instruction was issued abruptly and with a minimum of prior consultation”.

“We further regret that the closure was apparently prompted by allegations which have not yet been presented in detail to the United Nations for an investigation,” the statement said, adding that discussions with the Somali government will take place in the future. the next days.

In a letter sent to UNSOM on December 22, Somalia’s foreign ministry said the terminal would be “closed until further notice,” detailing several incidents which it said amounted to violations of agreements and protocols.

He said there had been several incidents in which UN flights landed at the airport “without prior presentation of essential documents, such as the manifesto, through official immigration channels.” .

“There are international flights that use the MOVCON terminal that carry travelers without or incomplete travel documents and enter the territory of the Federal Republic of Somalia,” the letter learn.

The ministry stated UN contractors at Aden Adde Airport “function the MOVCON terminal, as effectively as unofficial gates, to smuggle uncontrolled items.”

“There have been circumstances by which immigration employees have been harassed and threatened within the efficiency of their duties … (and) immigration employees aren’t allowed to entry UN terminals … Which prevents immigration employees from finishing up their duties, ”the ministry stated. added.

The Foreign Ministry additionally proposed a gathering between Somali authorities and UN officers to talk about the problems.

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