Ethiopia and Djibouti pressing the UN Security Council to step up sanctions on Eritrea
August 12 2011
Ethiopia and Djibouti are leading East African nations pressing the UN Security Council to step up sanctions on Eritrea over terror accusations, diplomats said.
Pressure for action has mounted since a UN monitoring group said last month that the Eritrean government was behind planned bomb attacks in the Ethiopian capital during an African Union summit in January.
The UN experts also said Eritrea was arming and supporting insurgents in Somalia, including the Shebab group linked to Al-Qaeda.
An East African regional group called for sanctions against Eritrea's mining interests and banning a tax the radical government puts on remittances sent back by Eritreans abroad.
Ethiopian and Djibouti envoys have been lobbying the 15-member Security Council on the case, which could raised Wednesday at a council meeting on Somalia.
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