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UN envoy says ‘no intention’ to leave Somalia

April 23, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top United Nations envoy to Somalia says the U.N. “has no intention to withdraw” from the East African country, a day after warning that the U.N. and other foreign diplomats may have to do so if they continue to be attacked.

U.N. Special Representative Nicholas Kay told reporters Wednesday that his comments Tuesday in Washington were more about al-Shabab militants’ efforts to drive the international community out of the war-ravaged country.

“We are expanding our presence on the ground,” Kay said of the 1,200 U.N. personnel there. “Our resolve is very, very strong.”

Earlier this month, a gunman at an airport in Somalia’s Puntland region killed two consultants working for the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.

Two members of parliament were killed in separate attacks this week.

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