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Eritrea slams Ethiopia, IGAD over fresh sanction calls

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July 9, 2011 (ADDIS ABABA) - Eritrea has dismissed calls by East African countries for more sanctions against the Red Sea nation over allegations that it is playing a destabilising role in the region.

Earlier this week, leaders of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD ) - which includes Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, Kenya, and Somalia - who met in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa and made fresh calls on the AU and UN to impose additional sanctions against Eritrea.

The sanctions are expected to focus Eritrea’s economic and mining sector and other foreign financial sources to cripple the regime’s negative activities mainly in Somalia.

In a statement issued by the ministry of foreign affairs on Wednesday, Asmara denied the charges saying any evidence brought against Eritea had been fabricated by its rival Ethiopia, the current IGAD chair.

“Ethiopia furnishes no evidence for its preposterous charges against Eritrea, which in any case is totally unfounded” said the statement attacking the position of the regional bloc.

“Although the statement was issued in the name of IGAD, the anti-Eritrea campaign was and continues to be spearhead by Ethiopia.”

Eritrea in its statement appealed on the AU Peace and Security Council to reject what it said was Ethiopia’s anti-Eritrea campaign and to uphold the latest AU Summit decisions.

The UN Security Council last year imposed sanctions against the Red Sea nation for allegedly supporting hard line Islamic insurgents in Somalia including Al-Shabab – a group believed to have links with the international terrorism network, Al-Qaeda.

However IGAD member states in their latest summit said the current sanctions imposed against Eritrea lack effective implementation – unanimously calling for “all appropriate measures to ensure that the regime in Asmara stops its destabilization activities in the Horn of Africa”.

Eritrea suspended IGAD membership in 2007 blaming the seven member body of failing to bring peace to the region and also in protest to IGAD backing Ethiopia to invade Somalia.

Eritrea has also boycotted the African Union (AU) for over ten years in protest to what it alleged was AU’s ‘failure’ to condemn Ethiopia for violations of a peace agreement that ended the neighbors devastating 1998-2000 war over disputed territory.

Earlier this year Eritrea re-established an envoy to Ethiopia to represent the country at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa.

The latest appeal to AU council presented by Eritrea’s Ambassador said the call for sanctions against Eritrea runs counter to the spirit of African solidarity that pervaded the latest Summit as well as the work of the African Union

“It is particularly sinister and detestable, in light of the AU’s efforts –and Summit decisions- to promote economic development and foster the contribution of African Diaspora Communities” it added.

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  • 10 July 2011 11:36, by ALEMAYEH

    ARE ARE THE GEVERNEMENT OF KENYA KIBAKI ELECTED DEMOCRATICALY OR BY FORCE? OFCOURSE IS NOT ELECTED DEMOCRATICALY! AR ETHIOPIAN GEVERNEMENT ELECTED DEMOCRATICALY? NO! IS THIRE GEVERNEMENT IN SOMALIA? NO! IS UGANDA MUSEVENY ELECTED DEMOCRATICALY? NO! SO HOW CAN THEY HAVE A MORAL GROUND TO TALK ABOUT ERITREA OR THE SO BLA BLA BLA SUNCTION? FIRST THEY MUST CLEAN THIRE OWEN HOUSE AND AFTER THEY CAN SAY BLA BLA. THOSE LEADER IS NOT SERVE OWEN PPL BUT THIRE OWEN POKKET AND THE WEST THE SO CALLED USA. WE ERITREAN NOT THE LIKE PPL SAID BLA BLA BLA BUT WE ERITREAN BELIVE IN GOD AND WORK HARD TO PUSH THE FOOD AID. WE ARE NOT HELPED BY ANY ONE BUT BY GOD. AT THIS TIME WE ERITREAN IS NOT AMONG THE PPL HITED BY DROUGHT BUT THE SO CALLED IGAD ARE HITED BY DROUGHT. THEY HAVE RAIN BUT THEY ARE NOT WORKED. LIKE ETHIOPIA SELL FERTAIL LAND FOR FORIGINER BUT THEY ARE HUNGRY. IT IS SO SHEME TO THEM. THIRE MASTER HILARY COME AND SAID IF YOU ARE NOT SUNCTION ERITREA MUST LEAVE YOUR COUNTRY FOR A YOUNG GENERATION. SHE TERERAIZED THEM . SO THEY MUST SAY SUNCTION. SHEM TO AFRICAN LEADER. GOD BLESS DEAR PR ISAYAS AFEWORKI AND PPL OF ERITREA FOREVER.

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    • 10 July 2011 13:57, by henok

      alemayeh,
      What an ugly grammar and spelling in your English. Please do not show up and write here again. Also do not shout. Writing in capital letter suggests how noisy you are. Your Artera is a rogue one and will be sanctioned further. It is a matter of time.

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      • 11 July 2011 23:49, by ZXAmiche

        Idiotic "henok".

        It is not about English grammar that we were here for. It is for the content and the state of independence, namely, mercinary States of Ethiopia’s led IGAD who cannot even care for their children against Independent Eritrea who gives priorities to its citizens, without selling itself for the highest bidder.
        Don’t be surprised by not reading an articulate writing by heroic Eritreans who systematically had been denied by agent Ethiopia to sabotage our quest for development. That’s why we struggled for 30 years sacrifising tens of thousands of innocent lives to be free from Ethiopians’ backward mentality and servitude.
        Next time you will face a recently educated Eritrean, within our new county and our own adminstrators, who masters English to trash your writing.

        Stop your bulshitting about English writing and focus on the topic of Servitude against Independence.

        As far as this fabricated "sanctions", don’t worry about it, as long as the Eritrean people are united, truthful and behind their government. We had been sanctioned for more than 50 years, even when there was drought, affecting tens of thousands of women and children, when food was used as political tool. It is nothing but a desparate act of mercinaries when everything else had failed.

        We will Never Kneel Down !

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