Somalia: UN Security Council Reaffirms Arms Embargo On Eritrea and Somalia

The United Nations Security Council meeting on Friday (October 23) extended the arms embargo on Somalia until 15 November 2016, and also reaffirmed the arms embargo on Eritrea. The Security Council adopted resolution 2244 (2015) by a vote of 14 in favor with one abstention from Venezuela, and extended the mandate of the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group until 15 December 2016.

In the resolution, the Security Council underlined Somalia’s sovereignty over its natural resources, and reiterated the vital importance of the Federal Government of Somalia putting in place a resource-sharing agreement to ensure that the national petroleum sector did not become a source of increased tension.

The Council again condemned the ongoing export of charcoal from Somalia in violation of the total ban on charcoal exports. The Council also expressed serious concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Somalia and condemned in the strongest terms increased attacks against humanitarian actors. It also expressed concern about the continued reports of corruption, diversion of public resources and financial impropriety involving members of the Federal Administration and the Federal Parliament and said individuals engaged in acts that threatened Somalia’s peace and reconciliation process might be listed for targeted sanctions. The Security Council, expressed concern that the Monitoring Group had been unable to visit Eritrea since 2011, and urged the Government of Eritrea to deepen cooperation with the Monitoring Group and allow regular visits.

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