Europe’s softening stand on Eritrea has sparked fear with in the TPLF, a minority clique now ruling Ethiopia, according to a report broadcasted last week by the Ethiopia Satellite Television, ESAT.
The complete failing of the TPLF’s long standing policy against Eritrea that emanates from the border conflict and its own claim of Eritrea’s continued supports to Ethiopian freedom forces, has left the regime confused, the report stated citing information and documents it received from sources who work at Ethiopia’s UN branch in New York.
The report describes how the policy was drafted by a member of the TPLF and former General Director of International Organizations, who is now Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the Sudan, Mr Mulugeta Zewde, in collaboration with few TPLF officials and academics – reflecting the organization’s distrust of the other Ethiopian ethics.
The policy that was crafted with the singular goal of bringing regime change in Eritrea by enabling referral of Eritrean leaders to the International Criminal Court (ICC) under the guise of human rights, extending the UN sanction and strengthening the actions of the international community against Eritrea, has become effectively ineffectual.
The report also revealed that the TPLF regime is blaming some specific European countries for the failure of its Eritrea policy. The TPLF carried out a frantic diplomatic campaign to make the now defunct recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COIE) enforceable.
The fact that European countries including Norway, Germany, and Switzerland, have started a common work with Eritrea on the migration problem, and their push in the softening of the European Union stance on Eritrea has become a major headache for the minority TPLF regime in Ethiopia.
The report also stated that the Commission’s report that claims the use of “forced labor” by companies doing business in Eritrea and its subsequent recommendation to hold individuals and groups accountable did not satisfy many members of the European Union; hence the EU has cooled down on the ideas of taking action against Eritrea.
Furthermore, the support Eritrea received from China, Arab countries, some Latin America countries, Egypt and partly the Sudan, has made the issue less significant at the UN. This has extremely infuriated the TPLF officials.
The report noted that the TPLF made attempts using Djibouti and Somalia to pass a very strong resolutions against Eritrea at the UN, which also failed miserably.
The ESAT report also explained how the number of countries that supported the Commission’s resolutions against Eritrea has reduced considerably in 2017 in comparison with the earlier years.
While the Netherlands, Croatia, Belgium, Austria, Canada, Poland, Greece, Ireland and Romania, were the only countries that supported the Commission’s resolution in 2017, there were 2 major sponsors and 19 associate sponsors in 2016, and 7 major sponsors and 16 associate sponsors in 2015.
Having failed at the world stage and in particular with the softening stand of the European countries, the minority regime in Ethiopia is turning to the African Union to draft a way to take action against the Eritrean government.
The ESAT report outlined, the main objectives of the TPLF anti-Eritrea policy was to take action against Ethiopian opposition forces that based inside Eritrea.
The report concluded by revealing that the TPLF is still exerting its utmost effort to revert Europe’s softening stance on Eritrea.