Eritrea may soon face sanctions for its support to Al-Shabaab militias should a 15-member body vote towards this. The United Nations accuses Eritrea of supplying the Al Qaeda proxy, Al-Shabaab with money, weapons and human to fight the Transitional Federal Government, TFG, in Somalia. Eritrea has since denied the allegations. Top government officials in Eritrea may face travel bans, assets freeze and arms embargo. Somalia has been lawless for the last two decades. Eritrea is tipped to undermine peace efforts in Somalia as well as international threat. Eritrea’s actions undermining peace and reconciliation in Somalia as well as the dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea constitute a threat to peace and international security.”
Eritrea would be the first new country to be subjected to U.N. sanctions since Iran in December 2006. A U.N. arms monitoring body, set up to record violations of a 1992 arms embargo on Somalia, has said Eritrea was sending munitions and giving logistical support to Somali rebels.
AU and the East African Inter-governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) member states; Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda, have been calling since July for UN sanctions against Eritrea for backing Somali rebels.
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