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Eritrean president says CIA behind war with Ethiopia


January 4, 2010 (ADDIS ABABA) – Eritrean president, Isaias Afeworki said that intelligence agencies of the United States were the main instigators of the 1998-2000 Ethiopia-Eritrea border war which claimed the lives of 70,000 people.

In an interview with the state-run TV the President on Sunday said that CIA mainly aimed at creating a crisis situation in Africa and exposes its people to animosity among one another, and thus plunders the resources of the continent, besides imposing one’s narrow interests.

"The policy of the hegemony (US) in the Horn of Africa unfolded by end of the Cold War at the time Eritrea achieved independence, Somalia was engulfed in turmoil, Sudan entered into a new political stage and Ethiopia in particular experienced new situation," Isaias said

"In this respect, the US intelligence agencies were the main instigators of the Eritrean- Ethiopian conflict," he added.

Recently, the UN Security Council imposed an arms embargo against Eritrea for arming, supporting and training Somalia insurgent group. However the Eritrean president once again blasted the resolution as "illegal" and "misguided".

“Sanctions resolution against Eritrea is a manifestation of failed adventurous policies designed to victimize the nation. The allegation has no substance at all” he said adding “Eritrea has the right to extend arms political or moral support to other forces” he said.

The President accused the US intelligence agency (CIA) being the "mastermind" of the imposed sanction which he said was aimed to isolate Eritrean nationals from their people and leadership through various ploys.

"Although Ethiopia may perhaps have something to do with the sanctions, the whole affair is not basically its handwork."

He further stressed that the sanctions resolution has "undoubtedly been masterminded by the CIA". The imposed UN sanctions include travel ban to top military officials and also freezes their assets.


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  • 5 January 2010 04:04, by Samson Shawel Ambaye

    .... Ethiopia’s secret U.S.-sponsored war (2000) against Eritrea has destabilized the border region, causing untold death and despair.... Source: ProjectCensored May 2004, Author: Keith Harmon Snow

    God be with CIA and US administration for sponsoring the destruction of Shabia. The 2000 war was the eve of the giant prison and UNSC sanction against Shabia.

    Since the destruction of Shabia by the 2000 war, Ethiopians prayed for USA and the past decade was in favor of US. US won from Afghanistan to Iraq and everywhere.

    God be with CIA. God initiated CIA against Shabia because Ethiopia is His country and Shabia is a firefly. Shabias have to be eliminated like Sadam Hussein’s Party and the ports and the Red Sea have to be under controlled by US UN or EU because Shabia is using the Sea Port and the Red Sea for terrorist purposes.

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    • 5 January 2010 15:55, by EritreanKing

      Samsom Sahwel Ambaye, keep dreaming our RedSea. We fought about 50 years for it. Eritrea 4 Eritreans

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    • 5 January 2010 20:00, by Time1

      Eritrea is not a terrorist country, but they have a big rivalry with Ethiopia, the two leaders should be brought together, it would be ok if some freindly countries int he region can try to bring this two men together to iron their differences through dialogue not war, they will both be loser if they choose war.

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      • 6 January 2010 04:26, by meskel tekle

        To correct the above comment, about Eritrea he WRITE `Eritrea not a terrorist but rival with Ethiopia`. How you compare a tiny, no history, only ten years on creating mess all its neigbores,and compare with Ethiopia the beacon of Africa.why You think all the world against Eritrea,and the Eritrean people leave their country they pretend to love.Every thing ENDS where it STARTS,they try to distablize Yemen, Sudan, Ethiopia,Djoubuti finally them, looks like a full circle.( remember Ider) If a government kills childern not even in a war zone with a cluster bomb, the difencless creature, gusse what kind people are they.All they attack to those who help them to achive their goal,like Sudan and Ethiopia.

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  • 5 January 2010 07:20, by Issa

    I like to challenge the above comment. How can one prays for the Shabia death and remains a happy a slave within Woyanne hand?

    The CIA/US assistant to Ethiopia is simply counterproductive as it bolsters a dictatorial regime run by a billionaire (According to the most seripous estimate Meles Effort group worths 1,2 billion USD) who is starving 20% of its country population.

    Foreign aid has always been a source of trouble in the Horn of Africa. If there were no Soviet Union, there would have no Mengistu, Ziad Barre and alike. And if there was no US support there would have been no Meles and no Issayas as well. Ethiopia does not need aid as it an extremly rich country who can feed 800 millions people are so.

    The issue is not about the scarcity of ressources but having in place a growth friendly government: enlightened and cohesive elite, democratic system, accountable institutions. ’’Dead Aid’’ (as the Zambian Scholar Dembissa Moyo puts) it is at the heart of the problem. So let’s the rich country government keep their tax payer money for themselves!

    In another hand I found, Issayas comments short sighted. The Erythrean dictature seems to forget that the CIA/US were giving him 500 millions dollars a year in the early 1990 to feud with Sudan. This is also one more example that Aid is always a problem!

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    • 5 January 2010 15:52, by EritreanKing

      God be with Issayas and Eritrean people, to face all the USA slaves like Ethiopia and Djibouti in east-africa. Eritrean ppl is strong and has allie like Sudan,Somalia,Yemen.......May Allah/God bless Eritrea and it’s people

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    • 5 January 2010 20:32, by Samson Shawel Ambaye

      Ethiopia Stretches forth her hands for God. Psalm 68 31
      God be with UNSC and CIA. Woyane was slave gorilla created by Shabia gorillas to fulfill diabolic missions of Shabia. God of Ethiopia made woyane and Shabia enemies and they keep fighting since 1998. God of Ethiopia mis-guided Shabias to interfere in the internal issue of Somalia. God of Ethiopia mis-guided Shabia to invade Djibouti. Woyane ate its gorilla masters although woyane was supposed create Taiwan in the horn of Africa by using Ethiopia.

      Ethiopians pray and Regarding Woyanes or killer slaves of their masters Shabias it is a matter of time they will be like Bashir their best friend.

      Read Genocide Watch initiation against crimes committed by woyanes it is being done by God of Ethiopia.
      Genocide Watch is the Chair of the International Campaign to End Genocide
      P.O. Box 809, Washington, D.C., USA 20044. Phone: 703-448-0222
      E-mail:genocidewatch@aol.com Website: www.genocidewatch.org
      As a result of our investigation and based on our experience in international law and genocide, we
      concluded that the killing of the Anuak in Gambella, Ethiopia, fit the definitions of genocide and crimes
      against humanity. Human Rights Watch also conducted two investigations of their own and determined that
      the crimes against the Anuak meet the stringent definition of crimes against humanity.
      Most of the perpetrators in their report and in ours have never been brought to justice under the Ethiopian
      justice system due to the failings and corruption of that system. Despite the violation of international law,
      not only has no one has been held accountable for these crimes which occurred over five years ago, but
      worse than that, such crimes continue in other places in the country.
      Only some of these cases have been investigated by respected international human rights organizations, but
      where they have, findings consistently point to the involvement of the Ethiopian government in the inciting,
      the empowerment or the perpetration of crimes against humanity, war crimes and even genocide, often
      justified by them as “counter-insurgency.”
      In light of these facts, I would strongly urge you to initiate an investigation of the situation in
      Ethiopia based on your proprio motu powers as the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.
      We believe that your investigation is justified due to the culture of impunity that exists within Ethiopia.
      Extensive documentation is available to examine the violations, most of which has been compiled in
      independent investigative reports completed by international human rights organizations. We also believe
      that the Ethiopian people have been waiting long enough for genuine justice and relief from the harsh
      oppression and brutal tactics committed by a government that purports to be a partner in the War on Terror,
      while terrorizing their own people. Addressing the EPRDF regime, friendly to Omar al-Bashir, may bring
      greater stability to the entire Horn of Africa.
      We are willing to provide assistance to you in carrying out this task because we, in Genocide Watch, and
      other human rights organizations are determined to pursue justice, even long after violations have occurred,
      as part of our mission. Investigative reports, contacts and other information can be provided should you
      need them.
      I thank you for the excellent work you are doing in combating impunity, the enemy of justice. Perpetrators
      of crimes against humanity must not be allowed to walk free. Genocide Watch will continue to do its part,
      collaborating with others, in pursuing additional ways to make such crimes carry a heavy penalty. One way
      is to work with domestic governments to make sure that those Ethiopians who have committed these crimes
      do not gain access to entry into western countries, something that is now supported through new legislation
      in many of the western countries. Additionally, in Canada, Europe and in the US, there are now laws giving
      authority to these governments to prosecute human rights perpetrators found within their new countries of
      residence should admissible evidence be found to charge them. The western countries should no longer act
      as a haven for such criminals.
      Thank you for your consideration of this request for the initiation of an investigation of genocide, crimes
      against humanity and war crimes in Ethiopia. We look forward to hearing from you.
      Sincerely yours,
      Dr. Gregory Stanton,
      President of Genocide Watch

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  • 5 January 2010 19:54, by Time1

    You cannot blame the gun for murder, you have to blame the person who pulled the trigger.

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    • 6 January 2010 13:34, by khasami

      no doubt,these two sisters will be make peace later,but what i need is that those two siting on the chair please do not leave any scar among the people., Looking for solution would still have been the best option today

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  • 7 January 2010 04:33, by Gerrie Lijam

    Mr. President Issaias Afewerki,
    Thank you for a life time services to my people & my homeland.
    IN AFRICA, Issaias Afewerki is the only man who got the guts to beat powerful mortal odds, liberate, rebuild & defend his homeland.
    Does Africa have anyone else???


    Try this one,,

    John Foster Dulles
    U.S. Secretary of State
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    John Foster Dulles, As US Secretary of State, one of his first major policy shifts towards a more aggressive posture against communism, Dulles directed the CIA at this point now under the directorship of John Foster Dulles’ brother Allen Dulles, in March 1953, to draft plans to overthrow the Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran [1]. This led directly to the Coup d’état via Operation Ajax in support of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran.

    After warII, the United Nations conducted a lengthy inquiry regarding the status of Eritrea, with the superpowers each vying for a stake in the state’s future. Britain, the last administrator at the time, put forth the suggestion to partition Eritrea between Sudan and Ethiopia, separating Christians and Muslims. The idea was instantly rejected by Eritrean political parties as well as the UN.[8] The United States point of view was expressed by its then chief foreign policy advisor John Foster Dulles who said:

    "From the point of view of justice, the opinions of the Eritrean people must receive consideration. Nevertheless, the strategic interests of the United States in the Red Sea Basin and considerations of security and world peace make it necessary that the country [Eritrea] be linked with our ally, Ethiopia."
    John Foster Dulles, 1952
    US Secretary of State.

    A UN plebiscite voted 46 to 10 to have Eritrea be federated with Ethiopia which was later stipulated on December 2, 1950 in resolution 390 (V). Eritrea would have its own parliament and administration and would be represented in what had been the Ethiopian parliament and would become the federal parliament. In 1961 the 30-year Eritrean Struggle for Independence began, following the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I’s dissolution of the federation and shutting down of Eritrea’s parliament. The Emperor declared Eritrea the fourteenth province of Ethiopia in 1962.

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