UN urges Eritrea to do more and comply with its resolutions

Tigrai Online
June 29 2010

Eritrea is taking steps in the right direction but should do more to prove it is complying with U.N. resolutions on security issues affecting its neighbours, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday.

Eritrea participated in a Qatar-led effort to solve its border dispute with Djibouti and it sent representatives to the Istanbul conference on Somalia last month.

"While recent developments represent a move in the right direction, I urge the government of Eritrea to do more to provide evidence of its compliance with Resolution 1907 and the practical measures set out in it," Ban said in a statement posted on the U.N. website.

The resolution imposed an arms embargo on Eritrea, a travel ban and an assets freeze on Eritrean political and military leaders who violate the embargo or provide support to armed groups destabilising the region in places like Somalia.

The restrictions also targeted leaders seen as having obstructed implementation of a previous U.N. resolution that demanded that Eritrea withdraw its troops from Djibouti.

While Ethiopia, Eritrea's arch-foe, says an agreement between Asmara and Djibouti should be taken with some scepticism, Djibouti says Eritrea has now withdrawn its troops as part of the deal.

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