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Global Action Month: Letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (05 December 2010)

posted 29 Jan 2012, 06:45 by D Woldeab

Dear Secretary-General,

It has now been almost a year since the United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions against Eritrea under Resolution 1907/2009 based on unsubstantiated allegations which to this day remain to be proven. 

It is to be recalled that whilst far more serious accusations were made against eight other countries relating to the violation of the Somali Arms Embargo, only Eritrea was singled out for sanctions. The sanctions were imposed following the admission made by your own special representative of having found no evidence to link Eritrea to the accusations.  The UNSC Somalia Sanctions Committee’s report also excluded Eritrea from a list of the prime perpetuators of the Somali crisis.  The issue with Djibouti is an add-on devised to give weight to the sanctions.   It has therefore been very clear from the onset that the decision to impose sanctions against Eritrea was politically motivated and in no way intended to bring stability to the Horn of Africa.  Imposing sanctions on Eritrea unfairly will not resolve the issues in Somalia or the wider region.  Time has now proved this fact.

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