Eritreans All Over the World Celebrate the Lifting of Sanctions on Eritrea
After the news of the lifting of sanctions imposed against Eritrea nearly a decade ago, Eritreans around the world celebrate.
People in the capital Asmara were seen expressing their happiness waving their flag on streets.
A range of international sanctions imposed against Eritrea nearly a decade ago was unanimously lifted by the Security Council on Wednesday, four months after the signing of a historic peace agreement with Ethiopia in July.
The Eritrean Permanent Representative to the UN, Mr. Amanuel Giorgio, hailed the lifting of the sanctions as marking the end of a difficult period for Eritrea and the region: “On this historic day I am humbled to congratulate the people of Eritrea, who have endured persistent existent pressure…Eritrea as a nation is committed to working with all its neighbors. The peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia, and the tripartite agreement between Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia mark the beginning of a new dawn,” he said, adding that “it is the time to redouble efforts and work closely with neighbors to build a region at peace with itself.”
The council slapped sanctions on Eritrea in 2009 for its alleged support of Al-Shabaab insurgents in Somalia, a claim Asmara has long denied.
The draft resolution acknowledges that UN monitors have “not found conclusive evidence that Eritrea supports Al-Shabaab” and declares that the sanctions and arms embargo will end on the day of the adoption of the measure.
Eritrea and Ethiopia signed a peace deal in July that ended two decades of hostility and led to friendlier relations with Djibouti, shoring up prospects for stability in the Horn of Africa.
The draft resolution calls on Eritrea and Djibouti to continue efforts to settle a 2008 border dispute and asks Asmara to release information concerning Djiboutian soldiers missing in clashes a decade ago.
At France’s request, the council will hear a report every six months on Eritrea’s efforts to normalize relations with Djibouti, where France, the United States, and China all have military bases.
Ethiopian Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie said the end of sanctions would “definitely open up a lot of possibilities for Eritrea,” drawing foreign investors and bringing Asmara back into the international fold.