Home | News    Friday 29 May 2009

Eritrea rejects African Union "illegal" call for sanctions


May 28, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) — Eritrea has rejected African Union "irresponsible and illegal" call for the UN Security Council to impose sanction against Asmara over its alleged support to the Somali insurgents.

"Eritrea strongly rejects the irresponsible and illegal statement issued in the name of the African Union" said the Eritrean foreign ministry in a statement issued on May 25.

The statement comes in reaction to a request of the Africa Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) on Friday May 22 to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to sanction Eritrea for supporting Somali Islamist insurgents.

The Eritrean foreign ministry said the regional body has become just an "umbrella for certain external powers to meddle" in the affairs of the African Union with the intention to “compound various crises that afflict our continent."

Further Asmara descried the statement as illegal saying the current AU chairman, Libyan Muammar Gadhafi had not been consulted about it.

Speaking to Reuters last week, President Isaias Afewerki said U.S. agents were spreading lies to blacken his government’s name.

The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Council of Ministers had also issued similar calls against Eritrea on May 20. The IGAD is chaired by Ethiopia since last year.

Eritrea slammed the east African organization position wondering why it had endorsed the Ethiopian invasion to Somalia in December 2006 which aimed at subverting "a healthy internal process of national reconciliation" under the leadership of Islamic courts.

Analysts consider the position of the two foes of the Horn of Africa over Somalia is closely linked to their border dispute which led to the death of 70,000 people. They say the Eritrea and Ethiopia are fighting a proxy war in Somalia.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 29 May 2009 10:40, by Lokorai

    Eritrea shall remain Africans while Americans agents shall hell hang waiting for their own destruction in the hands of the West.

    Please President Isaias, keep your head very high, its better you die a hero than on your knees; let stooge talk and issued any decree but your dignity as real non will take away.

    Continue and its will be alright!


    repondre message

    • 29 May 2009 12:52, by Peace Lover

      Dear Lokorai,
      This man is wardog. He has no business but war. He fought everywhere and now in Somalia. What has dignity, sovernity and so forth to do with Eritreans in Somalia??????

      Peace Lover.

      repondre message

      • 30 May 2009 00:28, by Honest cia agent

        issayis aferkio is not a war dog. Yes he has gone to war with nearly all his neighbors but the issues of war have always arise because of border dispute now war over borders dispute is no justification for the damages of war . But nearly every Africa nations has gone to war with its neighbors because of border disputes after it independence from colonialism who lied false border are created discord and hatred between peoples of different tribes.

        My above statement is supported by the Below website


        As for Somalia he has not attacked we hold no common borders, there are no Eritrean soldiers killing people. Unlike Ethiopia how illegally invaded Somalia breaching UN, AU laws , I don’t blame you believing such a nonsense claim America once accused Eritrea of having 2000 troops in Somalia just like weapons of mass destruction it was a lie. Why would America make such a claim well because it had a stake in the war between Somalia and Ethiopia! Remember Ethiopia invaded Somalia with America funding nothing is for free so they have there own hidden agendas which they further and the disguise under the word of counter terrorism. Everybody knows when America Ethiopia invaded Somalia the UNION of Islamic court control Somalia not terrorist but this excuse was use as pretext so if not for terrorist why did they invade I will let you answer that.

        My above statement is supported by the below website



        African needs to stop dancing to the beat of the European American drums

        repondre message

        • 30 May 2009 12:30, by Peace Lover

          Ok, take the following facts and if you are not sure please ask:
          1. Eritrea has fought against Yemen on border dispute. Yes I agree
          2. Eritrea has fought against Sudan against Radical Islamic expansion and started harbouring SPLA.
          3. Remember EPLF has once fought against SPLA in Kurmuk supportig North Sudan Army
          4. Eritrea has fought against Mobutu Sisiko along side Kabela by sending Mechanized units
          5. Eritrea has trained and harbored Rwandan fighters of the Tutsi elements supporting Paul Kagame
          The history of this nation has become nothing but fighting and war.
          The conspiracy theory has blinded our minds and we cann’t even see the facts anymore. He turned an entire nation to a giant prison (http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/04/16/eritrea-repression-creating-human-rights-crisis) on a big lie (the CIA is conspiring against him by taking the sides of Ethiopia). Lets hope South Sudan wouldn’t take his track. Nothing good comes from Evil.
          Wake up my friend...

          Peace Lover.

          repondre message

          • 31 May 2009 18:57, by Honest cia agent

            From 3 onwards you are lying like i said i agree Eritrea has thought neighbouring countries with common borders over border disputes but it has never sent troops outside it neighbouring borders to fight 3.4.5 are just lies why don’t you smell the coffee my friend and wake up and stop lying its a bad habit and to make such claims at least support with websites

            repondre message

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

On ’delegation’ and ’succession’ of powers in S. Sudan Presidency: 2020-05-27 23:50:58 By James Okuk As Covid-19 has exposed unexpected gossips and propaganda on power in the Presidency, it is important to clarify technically the key matters of peace so as to avoid dangerous (...)

South Sudan’s Akot Lual: Why I am a Solution in Greater Pibor 2020-05-27 23:44:26 By Akot Lual I have been accused and attacked by feuding groups from Jonglei who are fighting their own dirty little battles, but they want to drag me on their battles, using me as a scapegoat. (...)

When armed groups obstruct peace in Sudan 2020-05-23 22:53:24 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman It is regrettable that some Armed struggle movement factions stand as a stumbling block against the path to the peace process for Sudan. Having said that, one will start (...)


Latest Press Releases

S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.