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Resolution 1811

The situation in Somalia


S/RES/1811 (2008)
Security Council Distr.: General
29 April 2008
08-32241 (E)
Resolution 1811 (2008)
Adopted by the Security Council at its 5879th meeting,
on 29 April 2008
The Security Council,
Reaffirming its previous resolutions and the statements of its President
concerning the situation in Somalia, in particular resolution 733 (1992) of
23 January 1992, which established an embargo on all delivery of weapons and
military equipment to Somalia (hereinafter referred to as the “arms embargo”),
resolution 1519 (2003) of 16 December 2003, resolution 1558 (2004) of 17 August
2004, resolution 1587 (2005) of 15 March 2005, resolution 1630 (2005) of
14 October 2005, resolution 1676 (2006) of 10 May 2006, resolution 1724 (2006) of
29 November 2006, resolution 1744 (2007) of 20 February 2007, resolution 1766
(2007) of 23 July 2007, resolution 1772 (2007) of 20 August 2007, and resolution
1801 (2008) of 20 February 2008,
Recalling that, as set out in its resolutions 1744 (2007) and 1772 (2007), the
arms embargo on Somalia does not apply to (a) weapons and military equipment,
technical training and assistance intended solely for support of or use by the African
Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and (b) supplies and technical assistance by
States intended solely for the purpose of helping develop security sector institutions,
consistent with the political process set out in those resolutions and in the absence
of a negative decision by the Committee established pursuant to resolution 751
(1992) (hereinafter referred to as “the Committee”) within five working days of
receiving an advance notification of such supplies or assistance on a case-by-case
Reaffirming the importance of the sovereignty, territorial integrity, political
independence and unity of Somalia,
Reiterating the urgent need for all Somali leaders to take tangible steps to
continue political dialogue,
Commending the work of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General,
Mr. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, and reaffirming its strong support for his efforts,
Taking note of the report of the Monitoring Group dated 24 April 2008
(S/2008/274) submitted pursuant to paragraph 3 (i) of resolution 1766 (2007) and
the observations and recommendations contained therein,
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Condemning flows of weapons and ammunition supplies to and through
Somalia in violation of the arms embargo as a serious threat to peace and stability in
Reiterating its insistence that all States, in particular those in the region,
should refrain from any action in contravention of the arms embargo and should
take all necessary steps to hold violators accountable,
Reiterating and underscoring the importance of enhancing the monitoring of
the arms embargo in Somalia through persistent and vigilant investigation into the
violations, bearing in mind that strict enforcement of the arms embargo will improve
the overall security situation in Somalia,
Determining that the situation in Somalia continues to constitute a threat to
international peace and security in the region,
Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,
1. Stresses the obligation of all States to comply fully with the measures
imposed by resolution 733 (1992);
2. Reiterates its intention, in light of the report of the Monitoring Group
dated 24 April 2008 (S/2008/274), to consider specific action to improve
implementation of and compliance with measures imposed by resolution 733
3. Decides to extend the mandate of the Monitoring Group referred to in
paragraph 3 of resolution 1558 (2004), and requests the Secretary-General to take
the necessary administrative measures as expeditiously as possible to re-establish
the Monitoring Group for a further six months, drawing, as appropriate, on the
expertise of the members of the Monitoring Group established pursuant to resolution
1766 (2007) and appointing new members as necessary in consultation with the
Committee, this mandate being as follows:
(a) to continue the tasks outlined in paragraphs 3 (a) to (c) of resolution
1587 (2005);
(b) to continue to investigate, in coordination with relevant international
agencies, all activities, including in the financial, maritime and other sectors, which
generate revenues used to commit arms embargo violations;
(c) to continue to investigate any means of transport, routes, seaports,
airports and other facilities used in connection with arms embargo violations;
(d) to continue refining and updating information on the draft list of those
individuals and entities who violate the measures implemented by Member States in
accordance with resolution 733 (1992), inside and outside Somalia, and their active
supporters, for possible future measures by the Council, and to present such
information to the Committee as and when the Committee deems appropriate;
(e) to continue making recommendations based on its investigations, on the
previous reports of the Panel of Experts (S/2003/223 and S/2003/1035) appointed
pursuant to resolutions 1425 (2002) of 22 July 2002 and 1474 (2003) of 8 April
2003, and on the previous reports of the Monitoring Group (S/2004/604,
S/2005/153, S/2005/625, S/2006/229, S/2006/913, S/2007/436 and S/2008/274)
appointed pursuant to resolutions 1519 (2003) of 16 December 2003, 1558 (2004) of
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17 August 2004, 1587 (2005) of 15 March 2005, 1630 (2005) of 14 October 2005,
1676 (2006) of 10 May 2006, 1724 (2006) of 29 November 2006, and 1766 (2007)
of 23 July 2007;
(f) to work closely with the Committee on specific recommendations for
additional measures to improve overall compliance with the arms embargo;
(g) to assist in identifying areas where the capacities of States in the region
can be strengthened to facilitate the implementation of the arms embargo;
(h) to provide to the Council, through the Committee, a midterm briefing
within 90 days from its establishment, and to submit progress reports to the
Committee on a monthly basis;
(i) to submit, for the Security Council’s consideration, through the
Committee, a final report covering all the tasks set out above, no later than 15 days
prior to the termination of the Monitoring Group’s mandate;
4. Further requests the Secretary-General to make the necessary financial
arrangements to support the work of the Monitoring Group;
5. Reaffirms paragraphs 4, 5, 7, 8 and 10 of resolution 1519 (2003);
6. Requests the Committee, in accordance with its mandate and in
consultation with the Monitoring Group and other relevant United Nations entities,
to consider the recommendations in the reports of the Monitoring Group dated
5 April 2006, 16 October 2006, 17 July 2007 and 24 April 2008 and recommend to
the Council ways to improve implementation of and compliance with the arms
embargo, in response to continuing violations;
7. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.

The situation in Somalia
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733 751 1425 1474 1519 1558 1587 1630 1676 1724 1744 1766 1772 1801
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