As peace expands in Somalia, gov't wants weapons

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Posted: Oct 31, 2012 10:11 AM
As peace expands in Somalia, gov't wants weapons

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Should Somalia's fledgling government be allowed to import weapons to arm its nascent military? With areas under government control increasing and the threat from al-Shabab militants decreasing, that's the question being put to the U.N. Security Council.

The African Union this week appealed to the council to allow arms and military equipment into the country to equip the military. It is a request being made even as the international community begins to look at how long it will be before Somali troops can provide security on their own, allowing the departure of African Union troops who have been in Somalia since 2007.

Somalia's ambassador to Kenya, Mohamed Ali Nur, said Wednesday that it's time to increase the capabilities of the country's military, after a year of military and political progress.