UN considers end to Somalia arms embargo
05 February 2013, 09:23
New York - The UN chief is asking the Security Council to consider lifting the 20-year-old international arms embargo on Somalia, so that country's fragile army can more effectively fight off al-Qaeda-linked militias.
Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon says in a report to the UN Security Council that enhanced measures are "urgently needed to develop the Somali national security force”.
Ban says: "In this regard, the Security Council may wish to consider the repeated request by the government for lifting the arms embargo."
The Security Council will be considering that recommendation in February as it also reviews Ban's ideas for a new UN political and peace building mission in Somalia to supplement the more than 17 700 African Union peacekeepers in Somalia.