HARGEISA, 28 September 2009 (Somalilandpress) – The east and Horn of Africa regional bloc Igad has once again expressed its disappointment at the international community’s failure to take practical action against Eritrea.

Mr Kipruto arap Kirwa, the peace and reconciliation facilitator in Somalia, told reporters in Addis Ababa that Igad had “conclusive evidence” that Eritrea and al-Qaeda were supporting and financing militant groups in Somalia.

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Go beyond words

Mr Kirwa called on the international community to take immediate and effective action, to go beyond words and act against all spoilers in the region. Igad and the African Union recently made strong recommendations for sanctions against Eritrea and other entities, “aiding, financing and facilitating resources for the al-Shabaab and other negative entities”.

The resolutions were tabled before the UN Security Council in June. The US has also pushed for an immediate endorsement of the proposals. However, other Security Council members: China, France, Russia and the UK, are divided on the resolutions.

Sea blockage

The resolutions had proposed air and sea blockage in the region to prevent the flow of arms and foreign combatants to Somalia. They also proposed freezing the assets and imposing travel ban against individuals involved in the Somalia crisis.

Eritrean top officials on the list include Yemane Gebreab — head of political affairs and presidential adviser at the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) party, Ali Abdu — Information minister and Teame Abrehasillase — Intelligence chief. They are among the individuals allegedly involved in arms smuggling activities in Somalia.

Source: Daily Nation


  1. I think the author forgets it is the Somali people who keep asking for their alliance only then to change their minds where their help will take them. Especially some individuals who think they can dictate to the world. Somalilanders are not blaming the US nor are they requesting special treatment. Siad Bare decision to change to a socialist regime in 1977 to continue his dictatorship was his own demise. The US or UN would not have supported any more then any other dictators todate. Siad Bare attempt to go to war against Ethiopia was another reason the US and UN would have rather supported the Ethiopia then him. The Author is spitting his own face or rather the face of Somalilanders who do not share his views. Somalilanders had no choice but to return to fight for its sovernty when Siad Bare was intent on continuing his greedy endeavours that had the envitable outcome of defeat. As it has been for the past 20years the mafia attitude is getting old.