Ambassadors of Ethiopia and Eritrea confront each other on New York Times
Awramba Times (Phoenix, AZ) – Ethiopian Ambassador to the UN Dr.Tekeda Alemu and his Eritrean counterpart, Ambassador Araya Desta have confronted each other on the New York Times newspaper. Please read both letters below.
Sanctions on Eritrea
Salem Solomon, an Eritrean-American journalist, has tried to inject the ugly side of the politics in the Horn of Africa into the American political debate. Her major preoccupation appears toward the end of her article, and it zeros in on the alleged unfairness of the sanctions imposed on Eritrea by the Security Council.
She doesn’t mention two matters: that the sanctions were imposed at the request of the African Union, which has troops in Somalia fighting Al Shabaab; and that a group set up by the Security Council found that Eritrea was aiding and abetting terrorism in Somalia.
Ms. Solomon could help Eritrea better by advising it to show a pacific disposition toward Djibouti, Somalia and Ethiopia and respond to the call for dialogue between Ethiopia and Eritrea repeated recently by the Ethiopian prime minister, who also expressed readiness to go to Eritrea for that purpose.
Ambassador of Ethiopia to the U.N.
Eritrea and Ethiopia
To the Editor:
The assertion by Tekeda Alemu, Ethiopia’s ambassador to the United Nations letter, that Eritrea supported terrorism in Somalia has never been proved by solid evidence. Mr. Alemu knows full well who the architects of the sanction regime were. The punitive measures against Eritrea were taken not for the alleged violations reported by the “independent” United Nations experts, but to cover up his government’s refusal to respect the final and binding verdict of the Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commission, brokered mainly by the United States.
Ironically, Eritrea’s objection to the invasion of Somalia by Ethiopia and its refusal to recognize Somalia’s transitional government were the underlying reasons for the sanctions on Eritrea.
The problem between Eritrea and Ethiopia is a question of occupation. The way to move forward on this issue has always been for Ethiopia to withdraw from sovereign Eritrean territory. Peace, stability, mutual respect and better cooperation could prevail in the Horn of Africa if Ethiopia respected its treaty obligations.
Ambassador of Eritrea to the U.N.