UN Security Council adopted a historic resolution on Kazakhstan’s initiative
The UN Security Council adopted a historical resolution based on Kazakhstan’s initiative. The initiative was supported by all members of the UN Security Council. Sanctions against Eritrea have been lifted due to Kazakhstan’s efforts. Since 2009, Eritrea has been isolated from the world. It started with UN experts accusing Eritrea of supporting armed groups in Somalia. The country has completely denied the charges. Kazakhstan, which has chaired the sanctions committee of the UN Security Council in regards to Somalia and Eritrea since January 2017, worked on reconciling the parties. Unprecedented positive changes are happening in the Horn of Africa where Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia are located. The historic reconciliation between Eritrea and Ethiopia happened in June this year and it ended the 20-year confrontation that took the lives of over 80,000 victims. The event entailed the rapprochement and the first high-level contacts between Eritrea and Djibouti. The area of work of Kazakhstan in the UN Security Council is one of the seven facets identified by Kazakh President, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
KAIRAT UMAROV, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF KAZAKHSTAN TO UN:
- Kazakhstan voted to adopt a resolution on the sanctions lifting against Eritrea, guided by its commitment to establish peace and security in Africa. We are chairing the UN Security Council sanctions committee for Somalia and Eritrea and we are proud of the results we have today. We were very pleased to contribute to the peace process in the Horn of Africa. We firmly believe that the recent progress in this region will set an example for conflict resolution in other parts of Africa and around the world.