UN / SOMALIA ERITREA SANCTIONS

14-Nov-2017 00:02:34
With eleven votes in favour and four abstentions, the Security Council adopted resolution 2384, which renews the Eritrea and Somalia sanctions regime for another 12 months. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SOMALIA ERITREA SANCTIONS
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DATELINE: 14 NOVEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT– NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

14 NOVEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, Security Council vote
3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations:
“We would have liked for 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.”
4. Med shot, delegates
5. Med shot, Foreign Minister of Eritrea
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Takeda Alemu, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the United Nations:
“Eritrea does not have any desire to fulfil its obligations. While other countries under sanctions try to cooperate as much as possible, Eritrea has so far not shown any willingness or readiness to extend the necessary cooperation to the Sanctions Committee and the Monitoring Group. We have to ask, why Eritrea continues to refuse allowing the Sanctions Committee and the Monitoring Group to visit Asmara?”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea:
“The Security Council 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 long has been suffering from the debilitating effects of the scourge of conflict, poverty and terrorism. 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.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamed Siad Ualeh, Permanent Representative of Djibouti to the United Nations:
“We continue to believe that Eritrea has never ceased arming and providing support to al-Shabaab and we have shared evidence of that with the SEMG as contained in its report to the Council. Obviously, if the monitoring missions were prevented from Eritrea from carrying out their mandate, they could not draw any conclusions about Eritrea's behaviour. Eritrea should commit to full cooperation with the Monitoring Group, including full access to all information and records the mission deems necessary to review, and all personnel it deems necessary to interview.”
11. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
With eleven votes in favour and four abstentions, the Security Council today (14 Nov) adopted resolution 2384, which renews the Eritrea and Somalia sanctions regime for another 12 months.

Ambassador Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta of Egypt, one of the delegations that abstained, said “we would have liked for 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.”

In its report, the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) reported 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 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 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 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.”

For his part, Ambassador Mohamed Siad Ualeh, of Djibouti said, “Eritrea has never ceased arming and providing support to al-Shabaab” and added that “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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