Saturday, November 19, 2011

"Eritrea set to avoid harsh sanctions, still mistrusted"

I'm quoted in Aaron Maasho's Reuters story on Eritrea.

Here are the quotes:
David Shinn, a former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia said China and Russia among others were likely to push for a watered-down resolution.

Both China and Russia typically oppose sanctions on African nations, a position that left China in particular in a bind.

"While it has cordial relations with Eritrea and opposes sanctions, it has much more important ties with Ethiopia," Shinn told Reuters.

"Something will probably come out of the United Nations Security Council, but I believe it will be fairly mild."

... "Eritrea is seen by African countries as a pariah state. The government of Isaias Afewerki wants to change this perception," said Shinn.

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