The Somali government is refusing to pay for bills or repairs at several properties it has used in the metropolitan area. Its attitude appears to stem, at least in part, from a decades-old dispute with America concerning the sale of a home in Washington. While the two countries quietly fight it out, lenders and neighbors in New York are stuck in a legal limbo: Somali officials have diplomatic immunity, and the State Department is of little help because it has broken off relations with them.
Somalia is hardly the only nation to hide behind its immunity after racking up debt in America. But its behavior poses a particular challenge because American diplomats refuse to engage directly with its government. more http://www.nysun.com/new-york/us-somalia-fight-spills-into-city/83393/