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UN Security Council ask to review the current sanctions and embargo on horn of Africa state

The Chair of the Security Council Somalia sanctions committee, Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve asked a UN meeting on October 24 to review the current sanctions and arms embargo facing Somalia.

“The current political and security context in Somalia was vastly different” from when the arms embargo was first instituted in 1992, and, “must be streamlined, simplified, and updated to reflect the current realities of counter-insurgency in Somalia.”

As it concerns the ban on the import and export of charcoal, Pecsteen de Buytswerve said “it was no longer clear that Al-Shabaab was deriving significant revenue from the trade” and said the Coordinator of the Panel of Experts had “recommended to conduct a review of the ban, taking into account all considerations for long-term peace and stability in Somalia relevant for efficient implementation of the appropriate Security Council resolutions.”

The Security Council in 1992 decided, under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, that all States shall, for the purposes of establishing peace and stability in Somalia, immediately implement a general and complete embargo on all deliveries of weapons and military equipment to Somalia until the Council decides otherwise.

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Timothy Omondi