Leaders call for sanctions on Eritrea

2011-07-05 09:56
Addis Ababa - East African leaders say the African Union and United Nations should impose sanctions on Eritrea's mining sector.

The leaders who met in Addis Ababa for a summit of the East African bloc this weekend said in a communiqué on Monday that Eritrea's mining sector is believed to be used for support of extremist groups in the Horn of Africa.

East Africa's Inter Government Authority for Development, also known as Igad, called on the UN Security Council to "take all appropriate measures to ensure the regime in Asmara desists from its destabilising activities".

The leaders also urged the AU and the UN to fully implement existing sanctions and impose additional sanctions to target Eritrea's economic sectors, particularly its mining.

Eritrea, which borders Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti, has a population of about five million people.

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