UN poised to slap sanctions on Eritrea
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 16:31
United Nations: The United Nations Security Council is expected on Wednesday to slap an arms embargo on Eritrea and impose targeted sanctions on its leaders for allegedly aiding Somali rebels and threatening neighboring Djibouti.

Diplomats say 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.


First Published: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 16:31

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