24 Dec 2009

Eritrea criticises UN sanctions

10:58 pm on 24 December 2009

The Eritrean government has criticised a resolution by the UN Security Council imposing sanctions on the country for aiding Islamist rebels in Somalia.

Eritrea has repeatedly denied the accusations, calling them a fabrication by United States intelligence.

The BBC reports the resolution places an arms embargo on Eritrea and also imposes travel bans and asset freezes on businesses and individuals.

A UN investigation into weapons exports to Somalia uncovered evidence of Eritrean activity.

The Eritrean ambassador to the UN, Araya Desta, says his government has never given any supplies to Somali insurgents and the UN monitors have found no evidence to dispute that.

Somalia has been subject to a UN arms embargo for many years.