File photo of Al Shabaab fighters Somalia. Photo: AFP

UN condemns arms supply to Somalia’s al-Shabab, keeps UN ban

The U.N. Security Council is condemning the supply of weapons and ammunition to al-Shabab extremists and others in Somalia in violation of a U.N. arms embargo

The U.N. Security Council condemned the supply of weapons and ammunition to al-Shabab extremists and others in Somalia in violation of a U.N. arms embargo and voted Monday to extend the ban for a year, saying the al-Qaida affiliate’s terrorist activities continue to destabilize the Horn of Africa nation.

It urged Somalia’s federal government to keep working with financial authorities, private sector financial institutions and the international community to crack down on al-Shabab’s ability “to generate revenue and launder, store and transfer resources” for use in terrorist and other activities.

The council’s resolution also expressed concern at “continued reports of corruption and diversion of public resources in Somalia.”

 

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