Investigative journalist Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press has been known by many as the only trustworthy western journalist who reports right from the Security Council corridors with his black or white , non-biased articles. He is now the only reliable source to learn exactly what is going on at the Security Council with regards to the latest drive for additional sanction on Eritrea. Thanks to him we already know that the Sanction threat is now dead on arrival. Kudos Matthew Russell Lee!
TO UN FOR SANCTION VOTE, ERITREAN ENVOY TELLS “NO ONE WILL COME” ON SHORT NOTICE
By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive
UNITED NATIONS, December 2 — “No one will come” from Asmara to the UN in New York on Monday, Eritrea’s Permanent Representative Araya Desta told Inner City Press after 5 pm on Friday.
After a Security Council fight resulting in an eleventh hour invitation to President Isaias Afwerki to address the Council on Monday just before new sanctions on Eritrea are slated to be voted on, throughout Friday afternoon there was discussion that the US hadn’t come through with visas.
But by 5 pm the US bragged that 11 visas were being granted, for pick up Saturday morning.
This put the ball back in Eritrea’s court. Three times Isaias Afwerki had asked to address the Council before it votes on further sanctions. The request was ignored until Gabon and the United States on November 29 pushed for a vote on sanctions the next day. Continue reading