Bloomberg is reporting that, Antonio Guterres the UN’s Secretary General tried to sell his official residence in New York City, but found out that he can’t. Apparently the home can only be purchased back from the United States government which has a claim on it.

The mansion on Sutton Place was donated to the UN in 1972 and has been home to every secretary-general since Kurt Waldheim.

“The first thing I did when I arrived was to ask if I could sell the residence,” Guterres told diplomats on Tuesday. “I am not joking. It is a true story. I discovered that I couldn’t, because the residence can only be sold to the United States of America when we close the doors in New York.”


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