Eritrea’s Official Response to UN Monitoring Group’s Information Requests on 2% Tax, Mining Revenues and Arms Embargo

The initial and principal accusation concerning Eritrea support to Al-Shabaab has long been proven to be non-existent. Therefore, there is no justification for the continuation of sanctions. The attempt by the Monitoring Group to shift the focus from Somalia to Ethiopia and South Sudan on baseless allegations ONLY as an execuse to maintain the sanctions is not acceptable.
The initial and principal accusation concerning Eritrea’s support to Al-Shabaab has long been proven to be non-existent. Therefore, there is no justification for the continuation of sanctions. The attempt by the Monitoring Group to shift the focus from Somalia to Ethiopia and South Sudan based on baseless allegations ONLY to maintain the sanctions is not acceptable.

By TesfaNews,

Despite its continued concern regarding the manner at which the Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) is discharging its mandates, for the spirit of cooperation and engagement and in hopes of dispelling the politically motivated lingering misperceptions and assumptions, the Eritrean government once more sees the need to spell out its views on the number of issues the group has raised in the last two meetings.

In its written responses dated 14 July 2014 and 12 August 2014, Eritrea gave detailed explanations on SEMG’s information request on the 2% Recovery and Rehabilitation Tax (RRT), Eritrea’s Mining Revenue and support to South Sudan rebels.

Moreover, Eritrea urges the group to respect the standards for investigation as stipulated in the Report of the Informal Working Group of the Security Council on General Issues of Sanctions (S/2006/997) that underscores the need for expert panels to rely on verified information and documents, and to ensure that their “assertions are corroborated by solid information and that their findings are substantiated by credible sources”.

Response dated 14 July 2014

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Response dated 12 August 2014

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