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Eritrea wants UN action on Kenya

Addis Ababa - Eritrea has complained to the UN Security Council about Kenyan allegations that it sent weapons to Islamist rebels in Somalia, calling for an independent investigation to judge the dispute. Foreign Minister Osman Saleh

Addis Ababa – Eritrea has complained to the UN Security Council about Kenyan allegations that it sent weapons to Islamist rebels in Somalia, calling for an independent investigation to judge the dispute.

Foreign Minister Osman Saleh said in a letter to the Council that Eritrea was confident an investigation would find Nairobi’s “defamatory” accusations to be baseless, and urged the United Nations to take action against Kenya in the dispute.

Nairobi has accused Eritrea of flying in weapons for al-Shabaab, an insurgent group liked to al-Qaeda which has been fighting the Western-backed Somali government since 2007, and which is now also battling Kenyan forces.

“If, as Eritrea confidently believes, the investigation determines that there is no basis whatsoever to the very serious and harmful accusations by the government of Kenya, Eritrea calls on the Security Council to take action that would redress the injustice suffered by the people and government of Eritrea,” Saleh wrote in the letter, seen by Reuters.

“Defamation of a member state of the United Nations should not be indulged in with impunity and must not be tolerated, given its negative implications for regional peace and security,” he said in the letter, dated November 16.

Kenya sent troops into Somalia, its anarchic neighbour, last month to rout the insurgents which it blames for kidnappings of Western aid workers and tourists on Kenyan soil, and frequent cross-border incursions.

Nairobi says it has credible information that consignments of arms were flown to the Somali town of Baidoa from Eritrea. Kenyan officials have said that Eritrean denials are not enough, and that it should go further and denounce al-Shabaab.

Saleh’s letter to Jose Filipe Cabral, the Security Council’s rotating president for November, gave no details on who might conduct the investigation, nor did it say what action Eritrea wanted.

“Frenzied campaign”

However, Eritrea’s envoy to the African Union said the Kenyan allegations should be publicly dismissed as a first step.

“It is up to the UN Security Council to take whatever action it feels appropriate and necessary to rectify such baseless allegations and defamation of a member state,” envoy Girma Asmerom told Reuters.

“However, as a starter, I strongly feel that the UN Security Council should urge the government of Kenya to publicly rescind its baseless accusation against Eritrea,” he said.

Kenyan officials have said the weapons consisted of shoulder-fired rockets, grenades and small arms munitions, and that they have been moved to areas in southern and central Somalia.

Slapped with an arms embargo, assets freeze and a travel ban for some of its officials in 2009, Eritrea faces another round of measures over charges it was aiding militants fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed Mogadishu government.

Asmara accuses Ethiopia of being behind the claims through a “frenzied campaign” to isolate and weaken its government. The neighbours fought a two-year war over disputed territory a decade ago but the frontier spat has yet to be resolved.

Scores of Ethiopian military vehicles carrying soldiers have been spotted by residents in Somalia’s frontier towns in what could be a joint attempt to flush out al-Shabaab.

Ethiopian officials, however, say they have yet to decide on deploying troops, though they are committed to a regional initiative to stabilise the lawless Horn of Africa country.


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  • damba November 22, 2011

    higdef, where is the evidence?

    • Huluf November 22, 2011


      It is amazing how all dictators are the same. Charm talk, answer for everything, the enemy the enemy , national security,bla blah….what is also common is how the masses love to clap with emotions….but truh roars and roars…what is fascinating is how a dictator forgets the people that build him… the historical parallel and the moment of unravelling we are now….It is amazing…Everone can draw their conclusion but we tend to forget recent history which is a good teacher.

      • Huluf November 22, 2011

        then reality sets in…..the rest is is history.

        • Huluf November 22, 2011

          this reminds of the auditorium in New York with Zemachs and Komaros.

          • Huluf November 22, 2011

            Watch this last one….I was reminded those that were screaming and clapping for the mere sight of a dictator are the exact people that are about to burst the building where the video of this was taken…..but like true Zemachs and Komaros they were no were to be seen to save the king. I wonder where they are today all in thousands clapping and clapping and screaming for the king.

          • Abdi November 23, 2011

            “mesilkn entay amtsaekn?” how its related to the topic?Eritrea has all the right to play their dirty game and no more moving on without taking action against the accuser if found guilty,Eritrea has been concentrating on the economic side for long and slightly barred herself from the game which let meles to gamble with the horn countries as he wants,having Eritrea layed out strong base for the economy here it comes,and will clear the table from such azzzz, tell meles he’s gonna be dismissed from Arat kilo soon,mark it.

    • Abdi November 23, 2011

      Loooool,khopi kat!

  • ahmed saleh November 23, 2011

    The whole political circus in the region is unstable and mouse and cat chasing game. PI is in a position where he is stuck
    in that game and no alternatives to get out.

    • gasha November 23, 2011

      keep dreaming!!!

      • ahmed saleh November 23, 2011

        Let me advise you. I don’t care if you want behave that way, it is your choice. But try to listen and
        respect different ideas to advance your knowledge unless it is corrupt.

    • Abdi November 23, 2011

      All was messed up by the idiot meles soon you’ll see changes,first thou, to kick meles to the bin where he belongs,then after the region will concentrate on eccomic relations and growth.

  • Semhar November 24, 2011

    Thank you for opposing the tyrant dictator and his clique the PFDJ in Eritrea!
    Eritrea is made, what remains is making law abide Eritreans.