Letter to United Nations Security Council

December 1, 2009

Dear ......

As Americans of Eritrean descent, we would like to express once again our profound regret that a draft resolution is reportedly being circulated among the members of the UN Security Council calling for
sanctions against Eritrea for allegedly supplying weapons to Somali insurgents—charges that have been proven to be unfounded, baseless and extremely reckless.

Furthermore, it is incomprehensible that the UN Security Council finds it suitable to repeatedly consider such charges manufactured, orchestrated, and pushed by Eritrea’s traditional enemies for reasons that have nothing to do with Somalia, while ignoring cases that are critical to peace and security to the Horn of Africa. In fact, this and other manufactured charges are designed to constantly weaken Eritrea in the ongoing conflict with Ethiopia.

Again, we would like to remind the UN Security Council, these allegations have long been proven untrue. The draft resolution is rooted in a string of charges fabricated by the so-called U.N. Arms Monitoring Group starting in 2006 when, in an attempt to provide cover for Ethiopia’s invasion of Somalia, the group tried to frame it as an Eritrea-Ethiopia proxy war, by placing 2000 phantom Eritrean troops in Somalia. However, as the world knows today, this turned out to be pure fabrication. Furthermore, the plane that Eritrea was supposed to have used to transport weapons and fighters to Somalia turned out to be another fabrication; the plane was found crashed in Uganda while being used by DynCorp, a contractor for the US military and Intelligence service.

It is also important to remember that the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Mr. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, has admitted that there is no evidence linking Eritrea to the Monitoring Group’s charges.

It is also extremely reckless to keep throwing such an avalanche of groundless charges against a sovereign nation located in the most volatile region of Africa. It is bound to exacerbate the already tense relationship between the nations, leading to more conflicts in this war-ravaged region. As Americans of Eritrean descent, we have a vested interest in seeing peace, stability and security returned to the Horn region. However, scapegoating Eritrea is no way of getting there.

Finally, we once again urge the UN Security Council to make an objective, fair and informed assessment of the situation in Somalia so it can find peace in that conflict-ridden nation. But, we are absolutely sure that imposing sanctions on Eritrea based on unfounded charges will not bring peace and security to Somalia or the rest of Horn of Africa. In fact, it is likely to exacerbate the already simmering tensions between the nations in that region.

Organization of Eritrean Americans