IGAD calls on Eritrea to cease and desist from its destablizing activities in the region

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The Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an East African bloc, called on the Eritrean regime to immediately desist from its destabilizing activities in the Horn of Africa and calls on the African Union and the U.N Security Council to fully implement the existing sanctions and impose additional sanctions on the regime.

In a strongly worded communique posted on IGAD website, the group said, “IGAD Calls on the AU and the UN Security Council to fully implement the existing sanctions and impose additional Sanctions selectively on the Eritrean Regime specially on those economic and mining sectors that the regime draws on including the Eritrean Diaspora as well as ensuring compliance with previous decisions of the UN;”

The call for sanctions came after an emergency meeting in Addis Ababa where a number of regional heads of state attended.

IGAD is made up of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. Eritrea suspended its membership in 2007.