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[Published: Friday March 18 2011]

 UN exempts Somali humanitarian groups from sanctions

New York, 17 Mar – (ANA) - The UN Security Council has voted

to exempt the work of humanitarian agencies operating in Somalia from a

resolution that obliges States to impose financial sanctions on groups and

individuals who obstruct efforts to restore peace and stability in that country.


Under Security Council resolution 1844 of 2008, UN Member States are obligated

to freeze the funds, other financial assets and economic resources which are on

their territories, which are owned or controlled by the individuals or entities

engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, security,

stability or humanitarian operations in Somalia.


Resolution 1972 passed says an exemption shall apply if the payment of

funds, other financial assets or economic resources are necessary to ensure the

delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance in Somalia, by the UN, its

specialized agencies or programmes, humanitarian organizations having observer

status at the General Assembly that provide humanitarian assistance, or their

implementing partners.


The exemption is for a period of 16 months, according to the text of the

resolution, which also requires the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator to report to

the Security Council by 15 November this year, and again by 15 July next year,

on the implementation of the exemption and on any impediments to the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Somalia. (ANA)

FA/ANA/18 March 2011--------


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