The EU has amended Council Decision 2010/231/CFSP, which imposes an arms embargo on Somalia, by adopting Council Decision 2014/270/CFSP, required as a consequence of UN Security Council Resolution 2142 (2014). The arms embargo does not prohibit the delivery of weapons, ammunition or military equipment, or the provision of advice, assistance or training intended for the development of the Somalian government’s security forces.

Under the amendment, it is now the Somalian government, and not EU Member States, which has the primary responsibility for notifying the Sanctions Committee established pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 751 (1992) (the “Sanctions Committee”) in advance of the delivery of weapons, ammunition or military equipment, or the provision of advice, assistance or training. The Somalian government has also been given primary responsibility for requesting advance approval by the Sanctions Committee for any supplies of items set out in Annex II of Council Decision 2010/231/CFSP, which include surface to air missiles, large-calibre guns and mortars, and anti-tank weapons.

Council Decision 2010/231/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/270/CFSP

UN Security Council Resolution 2142 (2014)