200k Smuggled Somali Charcoal Reaches Iraqi Port, Govt Says
The Somali government has yet again raised alarm over the illegal charcoal trade. A statement from the Permanent Mission of Somalta at the United Nations claimed a large amount of Somali charcoal had reached an Iraqi port. "The Permanent Mission of Somalta at the United Nations affirms deep regrets that a ship carrying over 200,000 bags of charcoal from the port in southern Somalia has docked at the Iraqi port of Umm Qasri" the unsigned statement availed to Radio Dalsan said. "The Permanent Mission of Somalia condelrns all parties involved in the smuggling of , and in delaing (sic) with the illegal export of Charcoal from Somalia. Illegal charcoal smuggling is detrimental to the security and stability of Somalia, since revenue from itlegal (sic)charcoal export is the main financial source for the terrorist organLzations of Alshabab and Alqaeda" the unsigned statement farther said. According to the statement the ship is said to have forged customs documents indicating to be from Ghana. "The Federal government of Somalia calls on the Iraqi government to expedite investigations and be swift in actions to halt further clearance of the said ship. Somalia equally calls on all friends and international partners to support efforts in preventing charcoal smuggling out of Somalia" the statement said.