Saturday, May 23, 2009

AU adds to calls for Somalia Blockade

The expected follow-up to the IGAD call for a blockade of Somalia, from the African Union, has arrived. Their statement called upon to the United Nations Security Council to authorize and enforce a no-fly zone, a sea blockade of rebel-held ports and sanctions upon any country supplying arms or aid to the insurgency fighting the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia.

Oh, they mentioned Eritrea by name as a supplier.

Eritrea's U.N. ambassador filed an official letter denying any such activity.

That letter may not get the best reception as, on Friday, Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys (one of the insurgent leaders) told Reuters in an interview that Eritrea supported the insurgency.

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