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Regional block calls for more sanctions on Eritrea
The East African regional block, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has called on the African Union (AU) and UN Security Council to impose additional sanctions on Eritrea after accusing it of supporting terrorist activities.
The call was made Monday at the end of IGAD’s extraordinary summit in Ethiopia, which was attended by six East African leaders.
“IGAD calls on the AU and UN Security Council to take all appropriate measures to ensure that the regime in Asmara desists from its destabilisation activities in the Horn of Africa,” reads the IGAD communiqué in part.
The regional leaders appealed for the sanctions to be extended to “those economic and mining sectors that the regime draws on including the Eritrean Diasporas as well as ensuring compliance with previous decisions of the UN.”
Last year, the UN slapped Eritrea with an arms embargo and froze assets of government officials for its role in supporting militias in Somalia.
IGAD also called on the Security Council to extend the mandate of the monitoring team on Eritrea and Somalia.
Eritrea suspended its IGAD membership three years ago after disputes with member countries over its alleged support of terrorist organisations.
Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti were all represented at the summit in Addis Ababa.
IGAD was formed in 1996 and its headquarters are in Djibouti.