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Removal of Eritrean government would end border row - Ethiopia’s Zenawi

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By Tesfa-alem Tekle

October 10, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) — Ethiopian Prime minister Meles Zenawi today said that, with the current unbending position the Eritrean government runs , border demarcation is unlikely.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (AP)

Zenawi on Saturday reiterated before the parliament, the firm stance of his government to resolve the dispute with Eritrea peacefully.

However, he pointed out that since Asmara government refuses a peaceful solution there are two solutions to end this situation: the first is to force Eritrean government to change its stance and the second is to get rid of this government. But he was quick to add that that Eritrean people only can decide on these options.

“Ethiopia has long showed its readiness to engage in a peace dialogue but Eritrea has repeatedly gave nothing but Deaf ears to it" The premier told the House of People’s Representatives adding "to proceed full border demarcation with Eritrea, the options are two- either the regime changes its existing ill-ideologies or must be ousted."

The 1998-2000 Border war between the two countries has cost lives of 70,000 people. It has shut down the economic link between the two poorest countries, crippled their economy leaving behind unprecedented domestic challenges.

With tensions still remaining high, there are fears that war might be renewed unless both parties are put together in to a new peace dialogue, using an intensive diplomatic approach supported by new directions.

Eritrea has insisted to see concrete progress on demarcation of the border before engaged to any dialogue with Ethiopia. Demarcation is practically impossible in the absence of Ethiopian consent, which means a degree of flexibility is needed from Asmara on dialogue.

The Ethiopian prime minister accused the Eritrean government of being a major destabilizing factor not only in Ethiopia and Somalia but also to the region as a whole.

"Over the week, Eritrean forces have controlled some territories of Djibouti by forcefully invading the neighbor country” Meles said.

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s remarks were made Earlier on the day, while responding to the amendment motions raised by opposition parliamentarians on government’s outlined prior agendas for the current year.

Despite, the number of amendment motions raised by opposition MPs, the house after wide discussion and explanation from Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, today endorsed the yearly government plans presented by the president without any amendment and with majority vote.

The motions raised for amendment, among others include issue of inflation, drought, global warming, the question of salary to government employees, power shortage, border demarcation, and unemployment and law system.

(ST)

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  • 11 October 2009 04:30, by Samson Shawel Ambaye

    God be with International Community UN EU and AU. Removal of Bashir shabia and woyane helps poorest Africans.

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    • 11 October 2009 22:05, by Aduol Liet

      Eritrean Persident is very mean guy.

      He was accusing the SPLM for corruption while he is not a Sudanese citizen to take part in politics and so if you want to remoal of Eritrea government first you should know that, Sudan government led by Omar Hassan al Bashir is supporting Ethiopians Rebels and they gave them everything. So why not supporting Southern Sudan government too.

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    • 11 October 2009 22:40, by Mohammad100

      Dear all,

      Here goes wise the men saying; "A person who lives in a glass house won’t be the first to cast a stone".

      First of all, what stopped Meles from entering Asmara when the Ethiopian military force smashed the EPLF base during their recent war? Friends, we all know, we did not born yesterday. Blood is thicker than water!!! Now, he is talking about the removal of Eritrean government? What a sudden change of Heart? Secondly, this is Meles’s habitual twisting of facts.

      Meles a few weeks ago said he would like to give up the Ethiopian palace, but the people are begging him not to !!!!! What a baloney!!!And now he is babbling about removal of Eritrean government!!!! Either he thinks that he is too smart that others are so stupid that they can not get his meaningless statements , or he is such arrogant that he can not comprehend his own deeds including the crimes he committed/committing on the people of Ethiopia in his voodoo "Democracy" name.

      Isayas, Meles, El-Bashir, all birds of the same feather who flock to gather in dark, but in a day time, wear camouflage outfits. Furthermore, Isayas and Meles knows that they can not exist without the other!!! Was not Meles the graduate of Shaabia’s brainwashing school? How fast Meles forgets the advise, leadership, and guidance he received from Isayas to get rid of the old TLF leaders????

      Aslaam aleikum,

      Mohammad.

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  • 15 October 2009 23:16, by Eritrean

    The Evil A G A M E have sleepless night. They tried to invade Eritrea during 1998 - 2000 war but their dream never came true. Yes The Eritrean Camel is marching toward the promised land while the dogs are barking. Is´nt it funny this ugly Agame president look like a Chihwawa dog ?

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  • 23 October 2009 07:41, by EritreanKing

    For those Ethio-Agames day dreamers who think the Eritrean goverment will collapse, keep dreaming. You need to know how strong is Shabiya :) Shabiya is there since early 70’s...We don’t need any advise from an beggar country like Ethiopia" shame land".

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