5 March 2014

Somalia: UN Extends Arms Embargo

Photo: Zoe Flood/IRIN
A senior officer inspects weapons dismantled by soldiers of the Somali National Army as part of a weapons drill at the Gashandiga barracks in Mogadishu (file photo).

The United Nations Security Council has extended a partial arms embargo on Somalia through October after reports surfaced that militants are getting weapons intended for government forces.

All 15 Council members agreed Wednesday that the requirements for ending the 22-year embargo have not been met.

They also condemned the misuse of such weapons as a serious threat to peace and security.

The embargo was partially lifted a year ago to get more weapons to Somali forces fighting al-Shabab militants. Al-Shabab wants to turn Somalia into a conservative Muslim state.

Somali and African Union forces have pushed the group from the captial of Mogadishu, but it still controls other part of the country and remains a major threat.

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