Update on UN Monitoring Group Investigating Eritrea
(Aigaforum April 4, 2012)-
The monitoring group delivered its monthly report few days ago. The report is not expected to bring new evidence but it may have solidify existing charges against Eritrea supporting Somalia insurgents and its continuous support to forces opposed to Ethiopia.
In line with resolution 2023 (2011), the Monitoring Group was to continue its investigation on activities related to Somalia/ Eritrea sanctions resolution.
According to sources familiar with the group, during the month of February the monitoring focused on the extent to which the Government of Eritrea and /or ruling Peopleís Front for Democracy and Justice may be employing extortion, threats of violence, fraud and other illicit to collect taxes outside of Eritrea from its nationals and other individuals of Eritrean descent.
The monitoring Group may have also investigated the involvement of the Eritrean regime in to the 17 January 2012 terrorist attack against European tourists and Ethiopian nationals in the Afar region of Ethiopia.
The Group may have informed the Security Council Sanctions Committee that Eritrea has so far failed to respond to the Groupís request for a mission to Eritrea to discuss previous findings. The successive reports have been indicating in no uncertain terms that Eritrea has continued to breach resolutions 1907 (2009) and 2023 (2011).
The Monitoring Group is expected to publish its final report in July 2012.
Way back when, when the one man regime in Eritrea was feeling untouchable, what we used to hear when the regime was confronted was silence! How things have changed! Here are two documents one by Isaias Afeworki and one by His Ambassador to the UN pleading for the lifting of the sanction.
(1) Isaias Afeworki letter to UNSC
(2) Araya Desta, Letter to UNSC