MOGADISHU, SOMALIA — The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Somalia is training members of the Somali National Army (SNA) to mark small arms — imported by the government under the partially lifted arms embargo — in accordance with the guidance set out in ISACS 05.30 (“Marking and recordkeeping”).
UNMAS used ISACS to help the Federal Government of Somalia to develop a draft national small arms marking standard and is now building the capacity of the SNA to mark all imported small arms. The SNA will be responsible for all import marking, including of arms destined for the Somali Police Force, the National Intelligence and Security Agency and the Somali Cusdodial Corps.
Somalia has been under a Security Council arms embargo since 1992. In March 2013, the Security Council partially lifted the embargo for 1 year to allow the new Federal Government of Somalia to import arms and ammunition for its security forces (UNSCR 2093). In March 2014, the Security Council extended the partial lifting of the arms embargo until October 2014 (UNSCR 2142).