THE U.S. AND OTHERS MAY HAVE BEEN WRONGLY SANCTIONING ERITREA FOR YEARS OVER ALLEGED AL-SHABAB SUPPORT

THE U.S. AND OTHERS MAY HAVE BEEN WRONGLY SANCTIONING ERITREA FOR YEARS OVER ALLEGED AL-SHABAB SUPPORT

 

 

www.newsweek.com | November 14, 2017

 

 

THE U.S. AND OTHERS MAY HAVE BEEN WRONGLY SANCTIONING ERITREA FOR YEARS OVER ALLEGED AL-SHABAB SUPPORT

 

Eritrea and Djibouti share a heavily militarized border and dispute the status of a small remote territory, Ras Doumeira. Qatari peacekeepers manned the border until earlier in 2017, when they pulled out.

 

 

The monitoring group report did find, however, that Eritrea continued to “provide support to armed groups intent on destabilizing Ethiopia and Djibouti.” Eritrea’s actions continue to “generate insecurity in the region and undermines the normalization of relations” between countries in the region, the report found.

 

 

The sanctions on Eritrea were adopted in 2009 with 13 Security Council members—including the United States, Russia, France and the U.K., four of the five permanent council members—voting in favor. China, the remaining permanent member, abstained, and Libya voted against the motion.

 

 

Eritrea has consistently disputed the sanctions and rejected allegations of its support for Al-Shabab. The country’s minister of information said that the sanctions regime had been driven through by the United States as “Washington was doggedly wedded at the time to a political agenda of ‘punishing Eritrea.’”

 

 

 
Yemane G. Meskel @hawelti
 

“Virtually all member States today acknowledge, without ambiguity, that the accusations are hollow indeed. Yet the UNSC continues to invoke irrelevant and tangential issues to maintain the illicit sanctions”

 

 

In the wake of the latest report, a former top U.S. diplomat on Africa has called for the sanctions to be removed. Herman Cohen, who served as assistant secretary of state for Africa between 1989 and 1993, said that the United States and Ethiopia, Eritrea’s longtime rival, should sponsor a Security Council resolution to lift the sanctions.

 

 

 
Herman J. Cohen @CohenOnAfrica
 

In view of UN report clearing #Eritrea of all charges related to al-Shebab, US and #Ethiopia should jointly sponsor Security Council resolution to lift sanctions.

 

Since the 2009 Security Council resolution, the United States has imposed other, independent sanctions on Eritrea. Earlier in 2017, the State Department announced it had proscribed trading with the Eritrean navy, after the U.N. monitoring group discovered a shipment of North Korean–made military communications equipment en route to Eritrea. The United States proscribes arms trading with North Korea, Syria and Iran.

 

 

Eritrea is also on a list of countries that the U.S. says have failed to crack down on human trafficking. Other countries on the list include North Korea, Russia and Syria. The United States restricts certain forms of foreign assistance to countries on the list and stops their citizens from engaging in exchange programs with Washington.

 

 

Source: http://www.newsweek.com/us-sanctions-eritrea-al-shabab-710415

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