19 June 2013

Readout of Secretary-General's telephone conversation with President of Somalia

The Secretary-General spoke by telephone today with the President of Somalia, H.E. Mr. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

The Secretary-General thanked the President for expressing his concern and condolences for the attack on the UN compound in Mogadishu.  He added his own personal condolences to the families of the deceased.

The Secretary-General said he was deeply concerned and outraged by the despicable attack against the United Nations.

He urged the President to ensure UN staff are protected and to coordinate closely with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and his Special Representative in Mogadishu.

The Secretary-General said the United Nations would not be deterred from delivering its mandate.