UNSC partially lifts arms embargo in Somalia

3/07/2013
The UN has agreed to lift temporarily the embargo on light weapons in Somalia. The new Government had been lobbying to have the sanctions lifted.

A resolution eased the arms embargo imposed in 1992 as warlords battling for the control of Somalia, began a long civil war. 

Now, Somalia which is trying to establish its first functioning Government after two decades of chaos says, the security forces need more weapons to consolidate gains in the fight against militants. So, the Security Council has partially lifted the arms embargo for one year allowing the authorities to buy light weapons. However, recognizing that the country is still very fragile, the UN has kept the ban on heavy weapons and added new measures to monitor arms purchases.
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