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Vol 44 No 5

Published 7th March 2003


Playing by the rules

After ten years of neglect, the United Nations arms embargo on Somalia is finally seeing action. The embargo was introduced in January 1992 but only last year did the UN attempt to give it force, by appointing a panel of experts. Ernst Jan Hogendoorn (Netherlands), Brynjulf Mugaas (Norway) and Mohamed Abdoulaye M'Backe (Senegal) completed their investigation last month, having visited over 20 countries, and started consultations about their findings on 27 February at the UN Secretariat in New York, with the Security Council Committee chaired by Bulgarian Ambassador Stefan Tafrov. The report is not yet public but Africa Confidential has seen a copy that documents a clear pattern of violation.

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