UN Security Council refuses to lift sanctions on Somalia

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UN Security Council refuses to lift sanctions on Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somalia will have to wait a little longer before a number of security-related sanctions are lifted, following Monday’s UN Security Council decision [UNSC], who refused to lift the sanctions.

Somalia has for months been urging the UNSC to allow it to take over its own security functions, but the global body is not yet convinced by the development of Mogadishu after months of political upheaval.

Under resolution 2607/2021, the UNSC extended the 751 sanctions regime to Somalia, which has been in place for almost 30 years, and has been amended by subsequent resolutions.

The latest development means that the UN Security Council will have to continue monitoring Somalia’s arms purchases for next year. This is aimed at controlling arms smuggling to the Horn of Africa country.

Kenya, which is a non-permanent member of the UNSC, was among the 13 [of the 15-member Council] who approved the resolution, with China and Russia abstaining in the vote. President Uhuru Kenyatta is the President of the United Nations Security Council.

“In seeking and voting for these changes, Kenya expresses its continued support for efforts to degrade the ability of al-Shabaab to undertake its dangerous activities in the region, including terrorist attacks, recruitment and radicalization into terrorism. , and the exploitation of the Somali financial system to generate illegal income for the financing of terrorism, ”said a statement explaining Nairobi’s position.

The resolution was drafted by the UK and pledged to support the Somalia reconstruction project, including equipping the security forces and reducing sources of funds and weapons for the militant group al-Shabaab .

The UN said the resolution extends protection to “maritime conscience,” tighter controls on financial transactions as well as on illicit practices such as the sale of charcoal and the sale of materials used to make craft. homemade explosives.

Before voting on sanctions, Somalia called for an end to arms purchases as a way to allow its army to re-equip. Somalia also opposed plans to extend the stay of the African Union mission in Somalia. [Amisom] or turn it into a hybrid mission that will always include troops and technical experts in the country.

Extending sanctions and changing the nature of Amisom are among the key decisions the Council is expected to take before the end of the year.

In extending the sanctions, the council said the reconstruction of the Somali state had been hijacked by al-Shabaab, including infiltration into local institutions. He says the group needs to be targeted beyond land as they have also exploited “sea streams” and trafficked in legal and illegal goods that can fund terrorist activities in Somalia.

Somalia has been fighting al-Shabaab militants for 14 years and calls have been made for the peacekeeping mission troops to leave the country. The United Nations is, however, convinced that the nation of the Horn of Africa is not capable of assuming security responsibilities.

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