Somalia/Eritrea: we wait tangible gestures of cooperation [fr]
Renewal of the sanctions regime in Somalia/Erythrea
Statement by Mrs. Anne Gueguen, Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
Security Council - 14 November 2017
"Stipulated exemptions help to safeguard the Somali authorities’ capacity to access the equipment they need to defend themselves against terrorist groups", Anne Gueguen, 14 November 2017.
France welcomes the adoption of resolution 2385 (2017), which renews the sanctions regime for Somalia and Eritrea, as well as the mandate of the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea associated with it.
With respect to Somalia, sanctions, specifically the arms embargo, remain an important and constructive tool in the face of the continued threat of Al-Shabaab to the country and the ongoing presence of Da’esh. In this regard, I would like once again to extend France’s condolences to the people and the Government of Somalia for the horrific attack on 14 October in Mogadishu.
Furthermore, with respect to the arms embargo, France underscores the fact that the stipulated exemptions help to safeguard the Somali authorities’ capacity to access the equipment they need to defend themselves against terrorist groups.
With respect to Eritrea, France is of the view that the Security Council should adopt a balanced position and especially a realistic position. For the fourth consecutive year, the Monitoring Group has found no conclusive evidence of Eritrean support for Al-Shabaab in Somalia. This is a positive point. However, France is of the view that it remains necessary for Eritrea to cooperate with both the sanctions committee and the Monitoring Group and, more broadly, with other United Nations mechanisms prior to initiatives being undertaken by the Security Council.
The Council demonstrated a degree of openness last year with the adoption of resolution 2317 (2016) and with the consultations held this spring. However, the cancelling of the visit to Asmara by the Chair of the sanctions committee in this context was disappointing.
Furthermore, Eritrea should commit to addressing the issue of Djiboutian war prisoners once and for all and to supporting active mediation with a view to a resumption of dialogue with Djibouti and in general there should be a cessation of any support for armed groups in the region.
The door remains open, but we wait tangible gestures of cooperation.