Somaliland warns london conference agenda Lifting for Arms embargo in Somalia

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Somaliland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr.Sa'ad Ali Shire

Horndiplomat-Somaliland government warns Agendas tabled in London Somalia’s Conference  that Lifted the arms embargo in Somalia.

The Uk Government released official statement about the conference On 11 May 2017, the statement said Uk will host a major international conference in London, to accelerate progress on security sector reform and agree the new international partnership needed to keep Somalia on course for increased peace and prosperity by 2020.

The Somaliland’s Foreign minister Dr.Saad Ali shire and leader of  opposition party Eng.Faisal Ali Hussein Warns the London Conference tabled Agendas lifted arms embargo in Somalia.

Chairman of Ucid Opposition party Eng.Faisal Ali Hussein

The Chairman of Ucid Opposition party Eng.Faisal Ali Hussein in Saturday speaks to the media in Hargeisa Says that agendas over lifted arms embargo in Somalia it’s negative impact to the security of the region says “On may British government hosting Conference about Somalia that conference first Agendas on the table it’s a Plans For lifted Somalia arms embargo, if they approved that’s a big threat  for the Security in the region .”

Eng.Faisal Also sents clear message to the international community says “I would like to sents message to the international community ,Somalia troops not ready at the moment  but this weapons Directly handing over in Somali Clans and terror organisations thats a big threat in Security of the Region.”Said Eng.Faisal Ali Warabe

Meanwhile The Somaliland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr.Sa’ad Ali Shire Speaks Bbc Somali commented the Somalia Conference in London  and also Warns the Plans lifting for Arms Embargo says”

“The London Conference not Irrelevant for Somaliland the conference only discussed issues about our neighbor Somalia not Somaliland”

The Foreign minister also warns  agendas that on the table that lifting over somalia’s Arms Embargo he says ”

“We’re warns  the conference  Plans that lifting by arms embargo in Somalia, because that’s  A big threat in security of the region we also condemned interference from Somalia’s government in  Somaliland that they recruited Troops in Buhodle Somaliland thats another Security Threat” Said Dr.Sa’ad Ali Shire The Somaliland’s Foreign minister .

Arms embargo on Somalia

In march 2013 U.N. Security Council agreed on to partially lift a decades-old arms embargo on Somalia for one year, allowing the government in Mogadishu to buy light weapons to strengthen its security forces to fight al Qaeda-linked Islamists.

The 15-member council unanimously adopted a British-drafted resolution that also renewed a 17,600-strong African Union peacekeeping force for a year and reconfigured the U.N. mission in the Horn of Africa country.

Somalia’s government had asked for the arms embargo to be removed and the United States supported that, but other Security Council members were wary about completely lifting the embargo on a country that is already awash with weapons, diplomats said.

“What we have tried to do is draw a balance between those who wanted an unrestricted lifting of the arms embargo and those who felt it was premature to lift the arms embargo,” Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told reporters after the vote. “It is a good and strong compromise.”

The Security Council imposed the embargo on Somalia in 1992 to cut the flow of weapons to feuding warlords, who a year earlier had ousted dictator Mohamed Siad Barre and plunged the country into civil war. Somalia held its first vote since 1991 last year to elect a president and prime minister.

ARMS TO EXTREMISTS & CLANS

The Security Council’s Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, an independent panel that reports on compliance with U.N. sanctions, has warned that the Islamist militants in Somalia are receiving weapons from distribution networks linked to Yemen and Iran, diplomats have told Reuters.

A diplomat also said U.N. monitors had reported that some al Shabaab militants had infiltrated units of the Somali security forces.

Somali policemen and miltary gather near the scene of a suicide bombing near the African Union’s main peacekeeping base in Mogadishu, Somalia, July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Ismail Taxta

“Clearly over the coming year if the suspension of the arms embargo is being abused, then we will take action accordingly in the Security Council,” said Britain’s Lyall Grant.

The resolution says that weapons and equipment “may not be resold to, transferred to, or made available for use by, any individual or entity not in the service of the security forces of the federal government of Somalia.”

It asks the Somalia government to report regularly on the structure of the security forces and the infrastructure and procedures in place to ensure safe storage, maintenance and distribution of military equipment.

Human rights group Amnesty International called one the U.N. Security Council on Monday not to lift arms embargo on Somalia, describing the idea as premature and warning that it could “expose Somali civilians to even greater risk and worsen the humanitarian situation.

By: Written Mohamed Duale, Editting Chriss dowsen ,Cooperated Michelle Nichols Reuters Washington.

SOURCE:HORNDIPLOMAT & AGENCES

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