The Security Council today extended the mandate of an expert group monitoring the arms flow to Somalia.In a unanimously-adopted resolution, the Council called on the four-member group to “continue to investigate any means of transport, routes, seaports, airports and other facilities used in connections with arms embargo violations.”The expert group was created by a 2003 resolution to analyze the movement of weapons to and through the war-torn nation, which has not had a functioning government in nearly two decades.In today’s resolution, the Council condemned “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 Somalia.”Earlier this week, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that some 7,000 people fled the Somali capital Mogadishu after a recent round of fighting that killed a significant number of civilians and reportedly wounded 200 people, including women and children.Violence drove approximately 700,000 people from Mogadishu last year alone. 29 April 2008The Security Council today extended the mandate of an expert group monitoring the arms flow to Somalia. read more