UN Security Council Renews Eritrea, Somalia Sanctions

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EYEAFRICA TV: New York, USA: With eleven votes in favour and four absentees, the United Nations Security Council yesterday, adopted resolution 2384 that renews sanctions on Eritrea and Somalia regimes for another 12 months.

Ambassador Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta of Egypt, one of the delegations that abstained said “we would have liked that the language used in the resolution to be more objective and balanced. We would have preferred if it had taken into account the points made in the report of the Monitoring Group, particularly those pertaining to the absolute lack of proof for claims that Eritrea supports al-Shabaab, for the fourth year in a row.”

The Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) indicated in its report that it has not found conclusive evidence of support by Eritrea to Al-Shabaab. The SEMG has not been permitted to visit Eritrea. The report indicates that Eritrea did provide support to armed groups intent on destabilising Ethiopia and Djibouti.

Ethiopia’s Ambassador, Takeda Alemu, said “Eritrea does not have any desire to fulfil its obligations” and “has so far not shown any willingness or readiness to extend the necessary cooperation to the Sanctions Committee and the Monitoring Group.”

Eritrea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Osman Saleh, told the Council that it has “missed another opportunity to rectify its transgression against the people of Eritrea, and positively contribute to the security in the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea, which, for far too long has been suffering from the debilitating effects of the scourge of conflict, poverty and terrorism.”

He said the Monitoring Group has for five years, including this year, asserted that there is no evidence of Eritrean support to al-Shabaab in Somalia, the principal justification invoked to impose the sanction.

Ambassador Mohamed Siad Ualeh of Djibouti said Eritrea has never ceased arming and providing support to al-Shabaab, saying “obviously if the monitoring missions were prevented from Eritrea from carrying out their mandate, they could not draw any conclusions about Eritrea’s behaviour.”

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