The United Nations Security Council has decided to continue sanctions against Eritrea for another year. This decision has no basis in fact. It was taken because certain persons in the highest levels of the United States Government have mean spirited grievances against Eritrean President Isayas Afwerki.
The Executive Committee for the Coalition of Eritrean-Canadain Communities and Organizations (CECCO) recently met with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and the Harper government to discuss events and issues affecting Eritrean-Canadians.
CECCO would like to thank both the Harper government and DFAIT for their cooperation and for their willingness to engage the Eritrean-Canadian communities.
The Goal Post Keeps Moving: Monitoring Group’s Charges against Eritrea shift from “destabilizing Somalia” to “destabilizing Ethiopia”
By Ghidewon Abay Asmerom,
By now, it has become abundantly clear that the two sanctions against Eritrea, 1907(2009) and 2023(2011), had nothing to do with stabilizing Somalia or reconstituting it as a viable state. It also had nothing to do with the “staged” Djibouti-Eritrea “border dispute“; it was rather an elaborate scheme to divert attention away from the string-puppet regime in Ethiopia and its lawless adventures in the region, including the invasions and occupation of Eritrea and Somali territories. Continue reading Eritrea: Charges Shift from “Destabilizing Somalia” to “Destabilizing Ethiopia”→
Eritrea’s UN envoy said Asmara has petitioned the Security Council to lift sanctions on his country after a monitoring group said it found no evidence that Eritrea supports the Somali-based Islamist militant group al-Shabab.
Ambassador Araya Desta said Eritrea has yet to officially receive a copy of the UN monitoring group’s report before it was allegedly leaked to some media organizations.
On 23 December 2009, after the Security Council adopted Resolution 1907 (2009) that imposed sanctions on the State of Eritrea and its people, Susan E. Rice, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, insulting the intelligence of the Eritrean people and showing her contempt for Africans in general and Eritreans in particular, made the following comments to the press:
The UN Monitoring Group (MG) that is responsible to scrutinize the arms moving into Somalia will present its report in the coming few days. While the Group has not yet released its latest report, one needs no crystal ball to predict what the report will include.
Invariably, it will endorse the allegations that were already made by Ethiopian officials “Eritrea is supporting rebels in Djibouti, a splinter group from the SPLM/A, Islamist in Somalia, and was attempting to kill African presidents in Addis Ababa”. Its recommendation will similarly be the same to what recently Ethiopia requested in the name of IGAD: more and tougher sanctions on Eritrea, targeting the mining sector and remittances from the Diaspora. Continue reading UN Monitoring Group on Somalia: Any Credibility Left?→