Skip to comments.Eritrea Calls Anticipated UN Sanctions Travesty of Justice
Posted on 12/04/2011 8:11:35 PM PST by SunkenCiv
The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to vote today (Monday) on whether to impose sanctions against Eritrea. A UN report earlier this year accused Asmara of plotting to bomb an African Union summit in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. The UN said most of those arrested in the plot received training and orders from Eritrean officers. The UN also says its Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea has documented evidence of Eritrean payments to individuals linked to the Islamic radical al-Shabab rebels in Somalia... The Security Council refused to delay today's planned vote after Eritrea asked for an extension to allow President Isaias Afewerki to speak to the UN body. But logistical challenges, officials say, make it impossible for Mr. Afewerki to address the Security Council ahead of the vote. Information minister Abdu said Afewerki wanted to attend but did not get a visa to enter the United States. But US officials said visas were granted within hours following Eritrea's application.
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Eritrea President Isaias Afewerki (r) being Interviewed by VOA`s Peter Clottey (r) in New York. -- Photo: VOA