Sunday, August 9, 2009

The longer Eritrea supports al-Shabaab, the more isolated it will be in the international community

I interviewed with BBC radio's "Focus on Africa" program yesterday. The questions dealt with the expulsion of an Eritrean diplomat by the Kenyan government for "security" reasons the day after Secretary Clinton departed Kenya. The key concern of the United States is Eritrea's continuing support for the extremist al-Shabaab organization that it trying to overthrow the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG). The United Nations, African Union, Arab League, and the United States all support the TFG. I believe that Eritrea is the only government that supports al-Shabaab, although it does get assistance from jihadis in South Asia and the Middle East. Eritrea has long denied that it supports al-Shabaab, but the Intergovernmental Authority for Development and African Union have declared that it is supporting the extremist organization. The longer Eritrea supports al-Shabaab, the more isolated it will become in the international community.

2 comments:

  1. "I believe that Eritrea is the only government that supports al-Shabaab, although it does get assistance from jihadis in South Asia and the Middle East. Eritrea has long denied that it supports al-Shabaab, but the Intergovernmental Authority for Development and African Union have declared that it is supporting the extremist organization."

    1. What support is given?
    2. What is the evidence of this support?
    3. Have you based your belief on any real evidence or just unquestionable trust in IGAD and AU declarations.
    5. Is there any political reason for IGAD and AU to make these statements?
    6. Why haven't the AU/IGAD spoken out against other serious conflicts (ex. Zimbabwe, Sudan).

    Basically... What is being said against Eritrea? and where is the proof? What are the "political angles" that are being played?

    Do you know? probably...

    Care? probably not...?

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  2. Dear Anonymous,

    I suggest you start with the latest report by the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia dated December 10, 2008, paragraphs 104-117. It is available via this link.

    Then you can track down the earlier Monitoring Group on Somalia reports: S/2005/625, paras. 36-42; S2006/229, paras 15-21; S/2006913, paras 15-55; S/2007/436, paras 11-22, and S/2008/274, paras 77-84.

    The reports provide detailed documentation of support by the government of Eritrea for groups in Somalia dedicated to the overthrow of the Somali Transitional Federal Government. The Government of Eritrea has, of course, denied every charge. I have no doubt that there are errors in some of these charges, but the record is long and consistent.

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