United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Extends Arms Embargo on Eritrea

un-sec-councilThe United Nations Security Council (UNSC) this week has extended the arms embargo on Eritrea.

UNSC slapped Eritrea with arms embargo in 2009 accusing the Horn of Africa Nation of providing the Islamist terrorists with arms.

On Thursday 10th November 2016, ten UN Security Council member states voted for the resolution for arms embargo extension for Eritrea while five others including Angola, China, Egypt, Russia and Venezuela abstained.

UNSC also extended the mandate of the UN Somalia-Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) until December 15, 2017 calling on Eritrean government to facilitate the UN monitoring group entry into that country as well provide them with information.

The Security Council expressed “concern over reports by the SEMG of ongoing Eritrean support for certain regional armed groups, and encouraging the SEMG to provide further detailed reporting and evidence on this issue.”

Eritrea had long been demanding to have the sanctions lifted.

A number of countries had been lobbying but didn’t yet succeed.

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