25 July 2012

East Africa: Mandate of UN Monitoring Group On Somalia and Eritrea Extended for Another Year

The Security Council today extended for another year the mandate of the United Nations panel of experts monitoring compliance with the embargoes on the delivery of weapons and military equipment to Somalia and Eritrea.

In a resolution adopted unanimously, the Council decided to extend until 25 August 2013 the mandate of the Monitoring Group on Eritrea and Somalia, which also investigates all activities - including in the financial and maritime sectors - which generate revenue that is then used to break the arms embargoes.

The Group is also tasked with examining any means of transport, routes, seaports, airports and other facilities used in connection with violations of the embargoes.

By the resolution, the Council also decided that the arms embargo on Somalia shall not apply to supplies of weapons and military equipment, or the provision of assistance, for use by the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS).

It also decided that the Eritrea arms embargo shall not apply to protective clothing temporarily exported to Eritrea by UN personnel, media representatives and humanitarian and development workers and associated personnel for their personal use only. It shall also not apply to supplies of non-lethal military equipment intended solely for humanitarian or protective use.

In addition, the Council welcomed the Monitoring Group's recommendation to set up a Joint Financial Management Board to improve financial management, transparency and accountability of Somalia's public resources, and called for an end to the misappropriation of funds.

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