The Council is expected to adopt a resolution by the end of this week renewing the mandate of the Somalia Monitoring Group for a further 12 months.
The foreign minister of Eritrea was in New York over the past week making representations seeking the lifting of sanctions on Eritrea. He met with the Secretary-General and on Friday 22 July he met the Somalia/Eritrea Sanctions Committee.
Ethiopia also requested a meeting with the Sanctions Committee and this meeting is currently scheduled for today.
Eritrea’s case seems to have been raised at a bad time. It is understood that the latest report of the Somalia Monitoring Group includes information seriously critical of Eritrea and perhaps related to assistance going to the Al-Shabaab militant group in Somalia and to other security problems in the region. It is thought that the Sanctions Committee will be taking up the recommendations of the Monitoring Group in early August. Continue reading Somalia-Eritrea Sanctions Regime→