UN / SOMALIA SANCTIONS

25-Oct-2019 00:02:00
The Chair of the Security Council Somalia sanctions committee, Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, said that “the current political and security context in Somalia was vastly different” from when the arms embargo was first instituted in 1992, and it “must be streamlined, simplified, and updated to reflect the current realities of counter-insurgency in Somalia.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SOMALIA SANCTIONS
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 25 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

25 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations:
“Noting that the current political and security context in Somalia was vastly different from when the embargo was first instituted in 1992, Coordinator of the Panel of Experts stated that it was clear to the Panel that the embargo must be streamlined, simplified, and updated to reflect the current
realities of counter-insurgency in Somalia.”
4. Med shot, Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations:
“Concerning the ban on the import and export of Somalia charcoal, the Coordinator of the Panel of Experts stated that it was no longer clear that Al-Shabaab was deriving significant revenue from the trade and recommended to conduct a review of the ban, taking into account all considerations for long-term peace and stability in Somalia relevant for efficient implementation of the appropriate Security Council resolutions.”
6. Wide shot, Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations:
“Charcoal production funds Al Shabaab but it is not a critical vulnerability to the group’s funding; and that investigations into the charcoal trade reveal strong connections between Al Shabaab and transnational organized crime syndicates, with the criminal activities covering the smuggling of persons, narcotics and their chemical precursors, weapons, sugar, tobacco and bomb-making components.”
8. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
The Chair of the Security Council Somalia sanctions committee, Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve today (25 Oct) said that “the current political and security context in Somalia was vastly different” from when the arms embargo was first instituted in 1992, and it “must be streamlined, simplified, and updated to reflect the current realities of counter-insurgency in Somalia.”

As it concerns the ban on the import and export of charcoal, Pecsteen de Buytswerve said “it was no longer clear that Al-Shabaab was deriving significant revenue from the trade” and said the Coordinator of the Panel of Experts had “recommended to conduct a review of the ban, taking into account all considerations for long-term peace and stability in Somalia relevant for efficient implementation of the appropriate Security Council resolutions.”

The Chair said, “charcoal production funds Al Shabaab but it is not a critical vulnerability to the group’s funding,” and “investigations into the charcoal trade reveal strong connections between Al Shabaab and transnational organized crime syndicates, with the criminal activities covering the smuggling of persons, narcotics and their chemical precursors, weapons, sugar, tobacco and bomb-making components.”

The Security Council in 1992 decided, under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, that all States shall, for the purposes of establishing peace and stability in Somalia, immediately implement a general and complete embargo on all deliveries of weapons and military equipment to Somalia until the Council decides otherwise.
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