When President Obama ran for office, he campaigned for engagement, reconciliation and partnership with the rest of the world. Today, he says his foreign policy goals are guided by those same principles. So, why is his administration, led by his UN team, talking about sanctions against Eritrea on charges repeatedly proven to be groundless? Why are they so intent on scapegoating this young and exemplary nation for the disasters the U.S. administration have caused in Somalia? Is this really about Somalia? Is this another broken promise?
We are writing to request that you oppose in the strongest language possible the draft resolution in the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions against Eritrea based on fabricated information. A careful look will show you that those responsible for the problems in Somalia are those that have historical antagonism with Somalia, not Eritrea.
We are in support of your policy of constructive engagement, reconciliation and partnership with the rest of the world. Sadly, your UN team is talking about sanctions against Eritrea on charges repeatedly proven to be groundless. In a decade where we want all nations to abide by the rule of law, the UN seems to be the first violator of the rule of law. The UN must provide evidence for its allegation through legal grounds before it decides to act. While the fact remains that the allegation against Eritrea is fabricated, why is your Foreign Policy Team talking of sanctions instead of engagement? Why threats instead of reconciliation? And why punishments instead of partnerships? We hope you keep your positive promises.
The UN Security Council must exercise a fair and just practice in evaluating all the facts and evidence to find a lasting peace in the Horn of Africa and should not be swayed by those that have an axe to grind against Eritrea; the lives of innocent people are at stake.
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