Eritrea receives new sanctions for 'destabilizing' Horn of Africa

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A resolution tightening sanctions on Eritrea has been passed by the UN Security Council for its role in undermining peace and stability in the Horn of Africa, and its continued support to armed opposition groups, including Al-Shabaab.

The resolution has called on the Eritrean Government to cease the use of the 'Diaspora tax' collected from Eritreans living abroad to procure arms and services to militias in the region.

It has also called on Eritrea to show transparency in its public funds derived from its mining sector.

Susan Rice is the US Ambassador to the UN.

Susan Rice, Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN

"This resolution underscores the international community's condemnation of Eritrea's destabilizing behaviour in the Horn, and its support for terrorism. It strengthens the provisions of 1907 and imposes additional obligations on Eritrea, limits its ability to continue to use the mining sector and the diaspora tax to fund its illicit activities."

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The resolution was passed with 13 votes in favour, none against and two abstentions.

The Eritrean president was invited to attend the Council meeting but failed to show up, according to Ambassador Rice.

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