Despite its continued concern regarding the manner at which the Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) is discharging its mandates, for the spirit of cooperation and engagement and in hopes of dispelling the politically motivated lingering misperceptions and assumptions, the Eritrean government once more sees the need to spell out its views on the number of issues the group has raised in the last two meetings.
In its written responses dated 14 July 2014 and 12 August 2014, Eritrea gave detailed explanations on SEMG’s information request on the 2% Recovery and Rehabilitation Tax (RRT), Eritrea’s Mining Revenue and support to South Sudan rebels.
Moreover, Eritrea urges the group to respect the standards for investigation as stipulated in the Report of the Informal Working Group of the Security Council on General Issues of Sanctions (S/2006/997) that underscores the need for expert panels to rely on verified information and documents, and to ensure that their “assertions are corroborated by solid information and that their findings are substantiated by credible sources”.
Response dated 14 July 2014
Response dated 12 August 2014