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At UN, No Speaker from Eritrea, 5 Accusers Given Floor before Sanctions Vote

By Matthew Russell Lee | Inner City Press UNITED NATIONS, December 5 — Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki had been told he could speak to the Security Council Monday morning, along with his neighbors and accusers, before the Council voted on sanctions against Eritrea on Monday afternoon.   Eritrea responded that this was not due process, with the sanctions resolution already locked in and... 

Claims Ethiopia Manipulates U.N. Against Eritrea – Sophia Tesfamariam

  BSN 12-5-11   How ironic that the very organization that is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development is the same Organization that is being asked to stop Eritrea’s development. Ethiopia and its allies are once again at the UN Security Council, attempting to get another illegal, unfair and unjust resolution adopted by the Security Council.... 

Audio: Eritrea Calls Anticipated UN Sanctions Travesty of Justice

VOA -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.              ... 

Video: Eritrea Condemns Denial of its Right to Address Security Council

Eritrea has registered its strong objection to the attempt by the United States to deny it by subterfuge its reasonable and legitimate right to address the United Nations Security Council. (Watch Video for full coverage).  Read More →

To UN for Sanctions Vote, Eritrean Rep Tells Press “No One Will Come” on Short Notice

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive | Inner City Press UNITED NATIONS, December 2 — "No one will come" from Asmara to the UN in New York on Monday, Eritrea's Permanent Representative Araya Desta told Inner City Press after 5 pm on Friday.   After a Security Council fight resulting in an eleventh hour invitation to President Isaias Afwerki to address the Council on Monday just... 

Video: At UN as Eritrea Asks for Time, US Says “It’s Monday,” Russia’s Sanctions Concerns

By Matthew Russell Lee | Inner City Press UNITED NATIONS, December 2 — Pushing for new UN Security Council sanctions on Eritrea, the US and Gabon wanted a vote on November 30.   After running into opposition, it was decided that Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki would to invited to address the Council on the morning of December 5, along with representatives of neighboring countries,... 

UN council waters down Eritrea sanctions resolution

Fri Dec 2, 2011   * Original draft would have banned mining investment * Eritrea president invited to address council on Monday * UN says Eritrea supports Somali Islamists, Asmara denies By Patrick Worsnip UNITED NATIONS, Dec 2 (Reuters) – A resolution tightening sanctions on Eritrea, expected to be passed by the U.N. Security Council next week, has been watered down and no longer bans... 

Eritrea’s Afwerki Unable to Get Visa to Address UN on Sanctions

  By Flavia Krause-Jackson Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) — Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki is unlikely to be able to travel to New York in time to address the United Nations Security Council on the day it will vote on sanctions on one of the poorest African nation. The president has yet to be granted a visa, Eritrea’s Ambassador to the UN, Araya Desta, said in a telephone interview. To be able... 

S. Africa Disputes Any Link of Zuma’s Run to Head AU with Eritrea Sanctions

  By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive | Inner City Press UNITED NATIONS, December 1 — Whether Jean Ping will get a second term as head of the African Union or be replaced by for example South African minister Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma is a contest that was raised and then rebutted as part of the UN Security Council controversy over how and when to impose more sanctions on Eritrea.   On November... 

Press Statement: US and Gabon’s push for additional sanctions on Eritrea…

Press Statement In the afternoon hours of Wednesday 30 November 2011, members of the UN Security Council were suddenly summoned and asked to immediately endorse a resolution drafted by Gabon and the United States designed to tighten sanctions resolution against Eritrea. The ploy came as a surprise to the members of the Council. Whereas the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Mr. Vitaly Churkin, declared:... 


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