News / Africa

UN Security Council Approves New Eritrea Sanctions

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi at the 16th Extraordinary Summit of IGAD meeting, Addis Ababa, Nov. 25, 2011.
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi at the 16th Extraordinary Summit of IGAD meeting, Addis Ababa, Nov. 25, 2011.
Margaret Besheer

The U.N. Security Council has approved tougher sanctions on Eritrea for its destabilizing behavior in the Horn of Africa.  The adoption of the new sanctions cames after a direct appeal from several East African leaders.

Monday’s action tightens and, in some cases, expands existing sanctions on Eritrea.

The council voted on the measures because of members' concerns over Eritrea’s provision of political, financial, training and logistical support of armed opposition groups, including al-Shabab.  Under the new resolution, the U.N.’s most powerful body demands that Eritrea end such assistance.

The resolution, sponsored by Nigeria and Gabon, received 13 votes in favor of passage; veto-wielding members Russia and China abstained.

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice welcomed the adoption of the resolution, telling reporters after the vote that it builds on sanctions resolution 1907, which was passed two years ago.

“This resolution underscores the international community’s condemnation of Eritrea’s destabilizing behavior in the Horn [of Africa] and its support for terrorism," said Rice. "It strengthens the provisions of [resolution] 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.”

Although there are no new economic sanctions in resolution 2023, German Ambassador Peter Wittig said it demands more transparency from Eritrea and calls on those doing business with the country to ensure that funds are not used for illegitimate purposes.

“Resolution 2023 sends a clear political message to Eritrea," said Wittig. "It must stop all activity that destabilizes the region and it must cooperate with its neighbors.”

China abstained from supporting sanctions against Eritrea two years ago and did so again Monday.  Ambassador Li Baodong said Beijing prefers dialogue and negotiations when settling disputes.  

“China has all along adopted a prudent attitude toward sanctions, believing as we do that sanctions instead of achieving expected results may often lead to a further complication of the situation, and effect the economic development and peoples’ livelihood in the country in question," said Li.

Earlier Monday, five of Eritrea’s neighbors appealed to the Security Council via video link from Addis Ababa.  They told the 15-member council that it must act decisively to stop the Asmara government from further destabilizing the region.  They also expressed regret that the council had weakened the resolution based on certain members’ objections.

Eritrea’s President, Isaias Afwerki, originally had insisted on speaking to the Security Council, but he did not come to New York as some diplomats had expected nor did he speak by video link or send his U.N. ambassador to address the meeting.   

You May Like

EU Court Fines Poland for Hosting CIA 'Black Sites'

Ruling is first time a court has acknowledged suspects were held and tortured at the sites, under US program launched following the 9/11 terrorist attacks More

Migrant Issues Close to Home Spur Groups to Take Action

Groups placing water, food in the desert, or aiding detainees after release, have one common goal: no more deaths of migrants crossing illegally into the US More

Video At AIDS Conference, Prevention Pill Stirs Excitement

Truveda shows promise, spurring debate over access and other approaches More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debatei
X
Shelley Schlender
July 24, 2014 6:43 PM
In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video Death Toll From Israel-Gaza Conflict Surpasses 700

Gaza officials say a shelling hit a compound housing a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip, killing more than a dozen people, during an Israeli offensive in the area. Heavy fighting between the Israeli military and Hamas militants continued on Thursday, pushing up the death toll. So far, more than 730 Palestinians and 35 Israelis have been killed in the conflict. VOA's Scott Bobb has the latest from Jerusalem.
Video

Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
Video

Video Israel Targets Gaza Supply Tunnels

The Israeli military has launched a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the myriad tunnels that may have been used to smuggle weapons to Hamas. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that could mean more hardship for the people of Gaza, who obtain some of their essential supplies through these underground passages
Video

Video Researchers Target Low-Cost Avatar Technology

Scientists at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies say 3-dimensional representations could revolutionize social media. Elizabeth Lee has more from Los Angeles.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.

AppleAndroid