UN imposes sanctions on Eritrea

Last Updated: Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 11:05

United Nations: The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo and other sanctions on Eritrea on late Wednesday in a move that in effect brands the country a pariah state.

Earlier diplomats had said the 15-member body will vote overwhelmingly to pass a Ugandan-drafted resolution to ban weapons sales to and from Eritrea and impose travel restrictions on, and freeze the assets of, the country`s political and military leadership.

Libya, the lone Arab member of the council and the current chair of the pan-continental African Union (AU) bloc, is the only country expected to vote against the resolution or abstain, they said to a news agency.

The draft demands that Asmara "cease all efforts to destabilize or overthrow, directly or indirectly" the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in Somalia.

It urges member states to conduct inspections on their territory, including seaports and airports, of "all cargo to and from Somalia and Eritrea" if there is reasonable grounds to believe it contains banned weapons or related material.

And it presses Eritrea to withdraw troops immediately from disputed territories along its frontier with Djibouti and engage in diplomatic efforts leading to "a mutually acceptable" settlement of their long-running border dispute.

With PTI inputs

First Published: Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 11:05

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