Tag Archives: Monitoring Group

Political Undercurrent for Eritrea’s Disenfranchisement

Time for Eritrea to begin strengthening its democracy.
Eritrea has walked the harsh path to get to this point, biding its time until the political undercurrents turned to its favour. It kept its sovereignty, and gradually, it should begin strengthening its democracy.

BY HINTSA ANDEBRHAN | ADDIS FORTUNE

Politics is complicated, and geopolitics even more so. Every nation has an agenda in relation to its own sovereign interests, and more often than not in the grand game of geopolitics, despite the multilateral institutions that were created to protect against the lack of balance, it is the small nations that most lose out. Continue reading Political Undercurrent for Eritrea’s Disenfranchisement

UNSC Committee on Somalia and Eritrea Considers Final Reports of its Monitoring Group

The UN Security Council Committee concerning Somalia and Eritrea held informal consultations to consider the final reports of the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG).

BY UNITED NATIONS | PRESS RELEASE

On 12 October 2018, the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 751 (1992) and 1907 (2009) concerning Somalia and Eritrea held informal consultations to consider the final reports of the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG), submitted pursuant to paragraph 48 of resolution 2385 (2017).  Continue reading UNSC Committee on Somalia and Eritrea Considers Final Reports of its Monitoring Group

UN Group Recommends Dropping Inquiry into Eritrea’s Ties to Al-Shabab

The finding of the UN panel that it has, for its 4th consecutive mandate, not found any conclusive evidence of support provided by Eritrea to Al-Shabaab, is reason enough to make the panel’s proposed visit to Eritrea irrelevant.

There’s nothing Eritrea to gain by allowing a UN Monitoring panel to visit the country. Admittedly, it failed to find substantive evidence to maintain the sanction. So, why some UNSC members singularly and inordinately focusing on the inability of the Group to visit Eritrea?

BY SALEM SOLOMON | VOA NEWS

After years of inquiry, the U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea has found no conclusive evidence of Eritrean support for al-Shabab militants in Somalia, an allegation that led to sanctions in 2009. Continue reading UN Group Recommends Dropping Inquiry into Eritrea’s Ties to Al-Shabab

The Saga of the UN Monitoring Group and Eritrea

SEMG drifts into uncharted territory to dwell on tangential issues to prolong mandate and give new lease of life to the unwarranted sanctions

The saga continues … faceless, nameless entities continued to funnel information to the SEMG and Eritrea is asked to disprove the allegations. Political horse-trading, equivocation, and/or lame excuses should not be rule of the game this time round.

BY SOPHIA TESFAMARIAM

It is that time again. The annual ritual at the United Nations where the Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) presents its findings, and Ethiopia and its handlers find way to prolong the SEMG’s mandate, and with it the illegal sanctions on Eritrea. It’s has been the predictable circus at the UN since the US and Ethiopia engineered the unjust sanctions resolution 8 years ago. Continue reading The Saga of the UN Monitoring Group and Eritrea

Eritrea Sees ‘No Real Value’ in Allowing Visit by UN Monitoring Group

“The finding of the UN Monitoring Group that it has no evidence of any Eritrean wrong-doing in Somalia is reason enough to make the panel’s proposed visit to Eritrea irrelevant.” – Chargé d’Affaires Amanuel Giorgio. (Photo credit: IISD)

BY THE MESSENGER

There’s nothing to gain for Eritrea by allowing a United Nations monitoring panel to visit the country, according to Eritrea’s envoy to the world body in New York.

The UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, known by the acronym SEMG, was created by the UN Security Council in 2009 to monitor Eritrea’s alleged support to the militant group Al-Shabaab. Continue reading Eritrea Sees ‘No Real Value’ in Allowing Visit by UN Monitoring Group

Eritrea’s Response to Issues Raised by the Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group

Eritrea’s response to the Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) on 24 August 2016 on issues raised on the justification of maintaining sanctions, support to armed groups, arms embargo, financial issues, and Djiboutian POWs.

By Eritrea’s Mission to the UN,

The government of Eritrea commends the Chair of the Security Council Committee, His Excellency Ambassador Rafael Dario Ramirez Carreno for organizing this important dialogue and interaction between Eritrea and SEMG. Eritrea also appreciates the constructive role the UN Secretariat is playing.

It must be underlined and recalled that the SEMG has visited Eritrea twice and had extensive discussions with all relevant ministries, government and private institutions as well as diplomatic communities. Moreover, in the past three years alone, Eritrean government officials and SEMG have had more than 15 meetings, including three video conferences in which Eritrean officials gave extensive and clear explanations. Continue reading Eritrea’s Response to Issues Raised by the Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group