Big Oil, corruption & Islamist weapon sales blight UK-Somalia relations – UN

Big Oil, corruption & Islamist weapon sales blight UK-Somalia relations – UN

Published time: November 18, 2014 17:00

Britain’s relationship with Somalia has come under scrutiny after a report detailing corruption in the east African nation was published by the UN. The Security Council report claims Somalia has traded arms with Islamist militants.

The publication of the document coincides with further questions about the British-Somali relationship after it was reported that a UK firm had obtained licenses from the Somali government to drill for oil.

Green MP Caroline Lucas plans to table questions about the legitimacy of Britain’s ties to Somalia in parliament next month. She is seeking information regarding the government’s response to both allegations of corruption and the UK’s oil investments.

Lucas said the UN monitoring group had “raised some serious concerns” about corruption in Somalia. She voiced anxieties about the “activities that may be undermining the arms embargo, which the UK has formally supported.

She further expressed a wish “to get the facts into the public domain.”

“The allegations relating to the negotiation of oil company deals with the Somali government and exploitation of loopholes in an arms embargo are deeply worrying.”

RT

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