Resolution 2023 Condemns Eritrea’s Destabilizing Behavior in Horn of Africa

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice today the United States is pleased with the adoption today of Resolution 2023.

“The resolution imposes additional sanctions on Eritrea for its failure to comply with its obligations under previous Security Council resolutions, including 1907, passed two years ago this month.” -Ms. Rice

She stressed that the resolution underscores the international community’s condemnation of Eritrea’s destabilizing behavior in the Horn and its support for terrorism. It strengthens the provisions of 1907 and imposes additional obligations on Eritrea and limits its ability to continue to use the mining sector and the diaspora tax to fund its illicit activities.

“We think this is an important step that is a good affirmation of the unity of the international community in response to the pleas that we heard from the leadership of the IGAD states this morning, who were unanimous in underscoring their concern about the threat posed by Eritrea and their call upon the Council for stronger sanctions.” -Ms. Rice

Ms. Rice congratulated Gabon and Nigeria for their leadership in sponsoring and shepherding the resolution.

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