Six Months After Eritrea Sanctions Fight, Penholder UK Talks of Roadmap for Removal

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By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 17– When the UN Security Council renewed its sanctions against Eritrea last November, there were five abstentions. While the next vote won’t be until November 2017, on May 17 the Council – with five new members since the last time – met again on Eritrea. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft of the UK, penholder on Somalia, said “six months ago, the Security Council was quite divided on whether there should be sanctions or not on Eritrea. Before the next decision on the sanctions regime on Eritrea, coming up in November, we are going to do a review today of whether there should be a sanctions regime.

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