EYEAFRICA TV: New York, USA: The UN Security Council has unanimously voted on to lift international sanctions on Eritrea following a historic peace accord with Ethiopia.
The council imposed sanctions, froze assets and travel ban on senior officials, as well as an arms embargo for country’s alleged support for al-Shabaab militants in Somalia.
From 1998 – 2000, the two countries fought a war in which 70,000 people perished.
Eritrea was also alleged to have refuse to settle a border dispute with Djibouti.
The council’s decision to lift the penalties was prompted by a revival in regional ties in the Horn of Africa, highlighted by Ethiopia and Eritrea’s signing of a peace agreement that fully restored ties between the neighbors.
Addressing the Council after the vote, The United Kingdom’s Ambassador, Karen Pierce, said “the agreement to lift sanctions on Eritrea recognized the improvements in regional peace and security and the positive steps Eritrea has taken to meet the demands of the Security Council and it is right that in the light of such developments we reconsider the measures.”
More than 10,000 people participated in an Eritrea-Ethiopia Peace Run in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Sunday.
Eritrea’s representative, Amanuel Giorgio, said that “Eritreans will not look backwards and that it is and mindful of the historical lessons of the past two decades.
Ethiopia’s Ambassador, Taye Atske Selassie Amde, told the Council that the resolution was being adopted “at a time when a major and historical development is unfolding in the Horn of Africa.”
The Eritrean government has always denied supporting al-Shabab militants, calling the claim a “fabrication” created by US intelligence officials.
Ethiopia is a close ally of the US, especially in the fight against al-Shabab in Somalia.