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Arms embargo on Eritrea

In December 2009 the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) established in Security Council Resolution 1907 sanctions against Eritrea including an open-ended embargo on the supply of arms and military equipment to and from Eritrea. The Resolution was not unanimously adopted. It was lifted on 14 November 2018

The sanctions were imposed in reaction to the findings by the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia that Eritrea had provided political, financial and logistical support to armed groups in Somalia and to the Eritrean refusal to withdraw its forces from disputed territory on the border with Djibouti and engage in diplomatic dialogue about this issue.

All UN sanctions on Eritrea were lifted in November 2018 following the meeting between a between the presidents of Eritrea and Djibouti and after the UN group that had monitored the implementation of the UN embargo on arms transfers to armed groups in Somalia had not found any conclusive evidence that Eritrea had supported Al-Shabaab.


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Embargo type: Mandatory UN embargoes
Entry into force:
Lifted: 14 November 2018
Establishing document: UNSCR 1907