MOGADISHU, SOMALIA — At the request of the UN Secretary-General, the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the UN Department of Political Affairs (UNDPA) and the UN Somalia-Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG), together with the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit, conducted a joint mission to Mogadishu last week to assess the Federal Government’s needs in relation to UN Security Council Resolution 2142 (2014), which extends the partial lifting of the arms embargo on Somalia but imposes more stringent reporting obligations on the Federal Government.
The joint assessment mission drew heavily on the results of the workshop on “Weapons and Ammunition Management in Somalia” organised by UNIDIR, UNSOM and UNMAS in January 2014 in Mogadishu.
The results of the assessment mission will inform a report by the UN Secretary-General to the Security Council on “options and recommendations” for UN and other technical support to the Federal Government of Somalia to help it meet its obligations under the new embargo regime. The part of the report dealing with weapons management will be guided by ISACS, in particular its Series 5 on operational support.
READ THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’S ASSESSMENT — Letter dated 3 April 2014 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2014/243)