7 Mar 2013

Somalia arms embargo partially lifted

7:21 pm on 7 March 2013

The United Nations Security Council is to lift an embargo on light weapons in Somalia for a year.

The embargo was imposed in 1992 after the fall of President Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.

Thje BBC reports it is to be partially eased in order to help the country's new government.

The decision means the government will be able to buy light arms to help in its fight against rebels and Islamists.

Restrictions on heavy weapons will remain.

The Security Council also voted to extend the mandate of an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia by a year.