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United Nations Security Council

The Security Council of the United Nations has yet to issue a direct Resolution dealing with private security services, but occasionally hears submissions to the Council on areas of interest that may include private security services. 

Submissions to the Security Council

Letter from the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea (S/2011/433)

Author: UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea
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In this letter to the Security Council, the Monitoring Group extensively reports on the private security services operating in Somalia. In addition to maritime security, the report notes private armed guards and private military forces working in Mogadishu and Puntland. The Monitoring Group particularly condemns the activities of Saracen International and its training of a private security force in the Puntland region.

Letter from the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea (S/2013/413)

Author: UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea
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The continued development of the private security sector in Somalia remains of concern with respect to the arms embargo on Somalia. The Monitoring Group identified several violations committed by private security companies and contractors operating in Mogadishu, "Somaliland", "Puntland" and "Galmudug", and potentially in Kismaayo. The activities of these private security companies are detailed in annex 6.3.

Letter from the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea (S/2012/544)

Author: UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea
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This report to the Security Council touches upon the actions and use of private security contractors in the Somalia region. It discusses the use of contractors at sea to protect merchant vessels, as well as Saracen International (formerly Blackwater) that is training military forces in the Puntland region. After considerable pressure by the UN, news reports later in 2012 revealed that the Puntland training has been discontinued.