Mohamed Sahnoun

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Mohamed Sahnoun (Arabic: محمد سحنون ‎) (born 1931 in Chlef) is an Algerian diplomat who was Algerian ambassador to several key countries such as France, Germany and the United States, served as the Organisation of African Unity's Assistant Secretary General, the Arab League's Assistant Secretary-general, the Secretary-General of the United Nations's Special Representative for Somalia in 1992 and the Secretary-General of the United Nations's Special Representative for the Great Lakes region in 1997[1][2] before continuing to work for peace and reconciliation through various UN-related[3] or independent charities.[4][5] He particularly focused on developing intercultural and inter-religious dialogues and on healing wounded memories from past conflicts.[5]



Mohamed Sahnoun has written two books:


  • Phillip C. Naylor, Historical Dictionary of Algeria, Scarecrow Press, Oxford, 2006 ; p. 400
  • United Nations press releases
  • Interview of Mohamed Sahnoun by Katherine Marshall in the Huffington Post onn 10 May 2011 [6]
  • French Wikipedia page on Mohamed Sahnoun


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  2. ^ Press release of the United Nations on 27 January 1997: Mohamed Sahnoun of Algeria nominated UN/OAU special representative for great lakes region of Africa [1]
  3. ^ UPEACE – University for Peace [2]
  4. ^ International Institute for Sustainable Development [3]
  5. ^ a b Initiatives of Change, interview with Katherine Marshall [4]
  6. ^ Haines, Steven; Kassimeris, George, ed. (2010), "Chapter 18, Humanitarian Intervention: Genocide, Crimes against Humanity and the Use of Force", The Ashgate research companion to modern warfare, Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Ltd, pp. 307–329, ISBN 978-0-7546-7410-8
  7. ^ See its review by Gail M. Gerhart in Foreign Affairs, March/april 1995 [5]