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Eritrea – Ethiopia: Respect for International Law, the Way Forward

Violation of final and binding international law
End the Occupation. If continued appeasement and cuddling of successive Ethiopian regimes, irrespective of their untold crimes and violation of international law, is the “norm”, then one may kiss peace in this region goodbye.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

13 April 2016 will mark the 14th anniversary of the Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commission’s (EEBC) “final and binding” delimitation decision and unfortunately, neither the UN Security Council, nor guarantors and witnesses to the Algiers Agreements, have mustered the political will to enforce the EEBC’s final and binding delimitation and demarcation decisions, emboldening the regime in Ethiopia to flout international law and continue with its belligerence stance-occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories, including Badme, the casus belli for the 1998-2000 border conflict to Eritrea, “unequivocally” awarded to Eritrea by the EEBC. Continue reading Eritrea – Ethiopia: Respect for International Law, the Way Forward

U.S. and Ethiopia Risking All their Eggs in one Unstable Djibouti Basket

Ethiopia and the U.S: Normalize your relations with Eritrea or risk losing all your Red Sea eggs by putting inside one unpredictable Djibouti basket.” – Ambassador Herman Cohen

By Ambassador Herman Cohen,

There are some intriguing new developments in the Red Sea region. Eritrea has joined the “Islamic Coalition Against Terrorism.” What is so interesting about that? Well, the list of countries in that coalition are all good friends of the United States. American arms exporters make lots of dinars selling to those friends.

So what does all this have to do with Eritrea? Well, can one say that the friend of my friend should also be my friend? Unfortunately, Eritrea and the US still do not call themselves friends. So, what is going on?

When it comes to the strategic strait known as Bab El Mandeb, at the mouth of the Red Sea, the US has only one acknowledged “friend”, the Republic of Djibouti. At Camp Lemonier in Djibouti, about 2,000 American military personnel carry out all sorts of special operations aimed at “terrorists”, mainly al-Shebab hanging out in Somalia.  Continue reading U.S. and Ethiopia Risking All their Eggs in one Unstable Djibouti Basket

AU Striving to Normalize Eritrea – Djibouti Relation

AU Peace and Security Council Commissioner, Ambassador Smail Chergui in Asmara with President Isaias Afwerki

By AU-PSC,

THE AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, visited the Republic of Djibouti and the State of Eritrea in the context of the relevant decisions of the AU policy organs, regarding the situation in the Horn of Africa on 19 April and on 6 May 2014, respectively.

During his visits, the Commissioner was received by President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh and President Isaias Afewerki. He seized the opportunity of his interactions with the two Heads of State to apprise them of the AU’s peace efforts in the region and other related issues.  Continue reading AU Striving to Normalize Eritrea – Djibouti Relation

Ethiopian Prime Minister Willing to talk to President Afwerki

Ethiopia’s newly minted Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn (aka, MeleseMariam) keeps parroting “Dialogue’ with PIA for the 51st time

By Aljazeera,

Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopia’s prime minister, has said that he is willing to hold talks with neighbouring Eritrea, with whom Addis Ababa fought a border war that ended in 2000.

If Desalgen follows through with Wednesday’s statement, it will be the first time a leader in Addis Ababa has held talks with Issaias Afeworki, the Eritrean president, since the end of the conflict which left at least 70,000 people dead.

If you ask me, ‘Do you want to go to Asmara and sit down and negotiate with Isaias Afwerki?’ Then, I will say yes‘,” Hailemariam said in an interview with Al Jazeera to be broadcast on Saturday.  Continue reading Ethiopian Prime Minister Willing to talk to President Afwerki

Eritrea to Ethiopia: Vacate from All Our Territory to Normalize Relation

Below is the full version of the speech made by H.E. Girma Asmerom, at the 275th meeting of the AU  peace and security council on April 26th.
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Thank you Mr. Chairman!

In the spirit of saving time I will present the summarized version of my intervention. I would like to request the Chair to distribute and circulate the complete and written version of my intervention as an official document to all members of the PSC, PRC and AUC. Continue reading Eritrea to Ethiopia: Vacate from All Our Territory to Normalize Relation