The UN passenger operations facility at Aden Adde International Airport in the Somali capital Mogadishu has been closed, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) said on Sunday.
The announcement came after the Somali government called earlier this week for the closure of the terminal known as MOVCON due 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 read.
The ministry said UN contractors at Aden Adde Airport “operate the MOVCON terminal, as well as unofficial gates, to smuggle uncontrolled goods.”
“There have been cases in which immigration staff have been harassed and threatened in the performance of their duties … (and) immigration staff are not allowed to access UN terminals … Which prevents immigration staff from carrying out their duties, ”the ministry said. added.
The Foreign Ministry also proposed a meeting between Somali authorities and UN officials to discuss the issues.
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