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A damning report by the UN Monitoring Group

In October the UN Security Council’s Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group—essentially to monitor violations of the arms embargo and other threats to peace and security—released its latest report which, among other reporting, levels serious charges of financial misappropriation against some officials of the Somali Federal Government and accuses them of helping Islamic militants. The report also alleges that arms meant for the Somali government were found to be on sale in the open market. Although the Somali Federal Government and the individuals named in the report have rejected the allegations, the monitoring group’s report has once again raised questions about the accountability of international assistance to the country and calls for investigation into these alleged cases of corruption and collaboration with the militants. The report can be accessed at http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/2014/726

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