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(Al Ain News Agency) The United Nations plans to lift sanctions on Eritrea after Washington changed its stance

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Saturday, 03 November 2018

The United Nations plans to lift sanctions on Eritrea after Washington changed its stance

Saturday, 2018.11.3 01:34 pm Abu Dhabi time
Al Ain News Agency - Agencies
Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abi Ahmed

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abi Ahmed

The United Nations is moving to lift the sanctions imposed on Eritrea, after the United States retreated from its position demanding the extension of punitive measures against Asmara despite signing a peace agreement with Ethiopia.

Diplomats said they expected the Security Council to adopt a British resolution in this regard during a vote on the proposal at the November 14 session. 

Britain has submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for lifting the arms embargo and all travel ban and asset freeze and targeted sanctions imposed on Eritrea. 

Eritrea and Ethiopia signed a peace deal last July that ended two decades of hostilities between the two countries and led to improved relations with Djibouti and Somalia, which in turn contributed to stability in the Horn of Africa. 

But the United States, backed by France and Britain, insisted that Eritrea would have to show progress in respect for human rights before sanctions were lifted.  

But this attitude has recently changed in a shift that some diplomats have pointed out to be the result of a decision by US national security adviser John Bolton, who dealt with the conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia when he was Washington's delegate to the United Nations. 

The UN Security Council imposed sanctions on Eritrea in 2009 accused of supporting the Somali youth movement, but the draft resolution acknowledged that the UN observers "found no conclusive evidence proves that Eritrea supports the youth movement."

The Eritrean government has long denied accusations that it supports the Somali movement while Foreign Minister Osman Mohamed Saleh described the sanctions as "unjustified" during a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in September

Al Ain News Agency - Agencies



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