Security Council extends Somalia/Eritrea Sanctions Regime mandate for another year

Addis Ababa, November 15, 2017 (FBC) -The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) yesterday renewed the mandate of the Somalia/Eritrea Sanctions Regime for another year.

The Council adopted resolution 2385 (2017) renewing the mandate of SEMG with eleven votes in favor and four abstentions.

Ambassador Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the United Nations, welcomed the adoption of the resolution.

He also commended the UK for all its efforts in facilitating the draft resolution and in trying to accommodate, as much as possible, the comments and inputs of members of the Council.

According to the explanation of Vote delivered by Ambassador Tekeda, the sanctions regime has critical importance to regional peace and stability and a lot of significance should be attached to its full and effective implementation.

Commenting on the situation in Somalia, he underscored the need to support the Somalia National Security Forces and AMISOM to continue to intensify the efforts in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

As far as Eritrea is concerned, Ambassador Tekeda said “despite the increased tempo of lobbying close to renewal of the mandate, we have seen no change of behavior whatsoever in the country’s destabilizing activities in the region,"

It continues to violate the arms embargo and support armed opposition groups operating in the region, he said, indicating that the SEMG has documented very well, with corroborated evidence, how Eritrea continues to violate the sanctions regime in complete disregard of the relevant Security Council resolutions.

With regard to Eritrea’s support to Al-Shabaab, he said “we understand this is still a work in progress as the SEMG has not been able to make a clear determination on some of the investigative work that it is carrying out but it has not ruled out Eritrea’s support to Al-Shabaab.’

Eritrea has continued to obstruct implementation of resolution 1862 and should be called upon to clarify the situation of the remaining Djiboutian prisoners of war, Ambassador Tekeda said.

He further said Eritrea did not also give constructive response both to the SEMG request to visit the disputed area between Djibouti and Eritrea as well as to the AU fact finding mission following the withdrawal of Qatari forces.

While other countries under sanction 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, he said.

Once again, the Council urged Eritrea to facilitate the visit of the Chair of the sanctions committee and the SEMG.

Posted by Amare Asrat