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UN Security Council extends Somalia peacekeeping force

Published on Nov 8, 2012 6:17 AM

UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - The United Nations (UN) Security Council extended an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia for four months on Wednesday as it mulls lifting an arms embargo and Uganda threatens to pull out troops over claims it is aiding rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo.

The African Union has appealed to the 15-member council to review its arms embargo to help Somalia rebuild its army and consolidate military gains against Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab.

UN diplomats said the council was split over this request.

The council extended the Amisom peacekeeping mission for four months, instead of the usual 12, to allow for a review of operations, including consideration of the arms embargo request and a call to permit the export of stocks of charcoal.

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