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UN lifts 1992 Somalia arms embargo

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The United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution to lift an arms embargo imposed on Somalia.

Resolution 2714 calls on the Somali government to continue to implement the National Weapons and Ammunition Management Strategy and to take all measures necessary to ensure that weapons, ammunition and military equipment imported for official use are not resold to, transferred to, or made available for use by any individual or entity not in the service of the federal government.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud welcomed the move.

Somali President said the embargo lift “means that we are now free to purchase any weapons needed,” adding that “friendly nations and allies” can now “provide us with the necessary weapons without any limitations or restrictions.”

Mohamud noted that the government established policies to control arms and will strictly enforce them.

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