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Eritrea Can’t Afford to Lose Its Momentum



United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (C) and Isaias Afwerki (L), President of Eritrea, meet at the 66th General Assembly Session at the United Nations on September 21, 2011 in New York City.


Eritrea Can’t Afford to Lose Its Momentum

By Yohannes Kifle,

It has been almost fourteen years since the Algiers Agreement was signed between Eritrea and Ethiopia. To Eritreans, April 13, 2000, was a very historic day. The final and binding agreement was significant enough reaffirming Eritrea’s hard-earned independence. In fact, it was remarkable enough to confirm once and for all, Eritrea and Ethiopia are two independent states.  Eritrea has always believed and continues to believe that the Algiers agreement that is final and binding is the only document that will bring everlasting peace between the two states.  After the Algiers peace was signed, President Isaias Afeworki was asked to comment on the signing of the Algiers agreement, paraphrasing his comments he said: Just because we signed the paper, it doesn’t mean it is over…it might take us another 15 years to accomplish what was signed on paper. Eritrea’s pursuit of everlasting peace was unquestionable and was proved time and time again for the past 13 years. Eritrea wanted to keep the momentum for peace by staying on course. Unfortunately, Eritrea never had partners to bring the desired lasting peace.

The regime in Ethiopia was forced to accept the Algiers Peace Agreement out of desperation as time was running out on its attempt to capture the port of Asseb hoping it would change the dynamic of the peace negotiation.  Those who were following the war between these two countries would remember the late prime minister’s bravado saying, “give us 72 hours and we will finish the war”. Of course, the war was over; however, the result wasn’t what the late Prime Minister was hoping for. The regime in Ethiopia realized its military adventure to capture Asseb was squashed decisively and it recognized pursuing the war would result with more embarrassing defeat.

The military defeat was so catastrophic that signing the Algiers agreement was the only option for the regime’s survival. Though both nations signed the Agreement their motives for signing the Algiers Agreement were diametrically opposed. Eritrea, with the upper hand and the desire for peace, went to Algiers to sign the peace agreement while the regime in Ethiopia dragged its feet to go to the peace signing table hoping a last minute miracle from its military camp will change the equation.

To put matters in perspective…here is what was said then.

Eritrea insisted the withdrawal was no surrender – even as its troops retreated from former eastern border strongholds after a punishing two-day battle that saw some of the fiercest fighting of the war. "Things are not what they appear on the ground," presidential spokesman Yemane Gebremeskel declared in the Eritrean capital, Asmara. "Ethiopia is gaining territory but losing the war."

"Although the Ethiopians are still pushing, they are running out of steam, their drive and capability is not what it was any more," presidential spokesman Yemane Gebreab told Reuters news agency.

The Algiers Agreement was derailed for the past thirteen years from achieving its sole purpose followed by a diplomatic slump that Eritrea faced and battled for several years. The architects of the diplomatic attack were no other than the institutions and countries (powerful countries) with hunger for punishing Eritrea and, at the same time, resuscitating the dying regime in Ethiopia. Eritrea’s crime for the unwarranted punishment was its desire to stay on course with the final and binding agreement signed in Algiers by both countries and supported by the very same institutions and countries that deviated from the spirit of the Algiers peace agreement. The pressure on Eritrea to renegotiate was intensified as it became clear that the final and binding verdict wasn’t in the best interest of the regime in Ethiopia.  In an effort to justify their unlawful act, the institutions and those countries that are behind it started to force “dialogue” in the name of peace. Several options were entertained to kindle “dialogue”; nonetheless, Eritrea never promoted the so-called “dialogue” that wasn’t necessary in the first place.

Those countries and institutions with desire to force “dialogue” were not happy with Eritrea’s stand and had to change their strategies to weaken Eritrea and hoping to accomplish their objectives to force the government of Eritrea to accept “dialogue”. The schemes those institutions and countries used to weaken Eritrea include but are not limited to creating internal conflict, diplomatic isolation, economic sabotages, etc…The last resort was to accuse Eritrea of supporting a terrorist group in Somalia in order to pave the justification for sanctioning Eritrea. This accusation was conceived by the late prime minister of the regime and Susan Rice, the former U.N Ambassador.

Lately, the regime in Ethiopia is confronted with economic and political obstacles coupled with unfavorable political statements from former officials of the U.S. Government that rattled its cage. Although, Herman Cohen and David Shinn were heard with comments that favored Eritrea, it shouldn’t be perceived as if lasting peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia is around the corner. However, it is fair to cautiously take their comments as a beginning of something positive. If Cohen and Shinn’s comments reflect United States’ change of policy toward Eritrea, it will undoubtedly be accepted by Eritrea with a hope it will pick up its momentum and not be lost.

Eritrea has built momentum for peace when her children defended their beloved country from 1998 to 2000 and forced the enemy to come to the peace negotiation. A momentum that continued with the idea of strengthening the defense force to protect the country from future invasion. With no war no peace attitude from the enemies of Eritrea, the leadership of Eritrea has continued to build the infrastructure to take the country to the next level. The progress Eritrea has made in education, health and other sectors are out there for the world to see. Utilizing her natural resources for the betterment of the country is an example to all nations. Eritrea’s tenacious respect for the rule of law has never been in question and it has become more obvious as relation with her immediate neighbors is solidified. The diplomatic blitz Eritrea has implemented in the past several years has paid off as we have now witnessed quite a few countries are sending their ambassadors to Eritrea. These are momentums Eritrea built in the past thirteen years and can’t afford to lose.


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41 comments:

  1. Seriously? You know Meles Zenawi won the war for Eritrea. This site is just amazing. It is the aigaforum of Eritrea. Just started reading it recently. What an entertainment.

    Akal

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  2. Akal, no need to hung around then, i take it?

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  3. Very good article. That is the truth. TPLF tried to take Assab and failed, eventhough Assab was not contested territory. The only reason the war stopped was because TPLF had run out of steam. Regardless, Tigray bought the enmity of the Eritrean people for many years to come thanks to the action of Weyane, which most Tigrayans supported. Even today, most Tigray people support the continued occupation of sovereign Eritrean territory. Most TIgray people do not want to give up Badme and the contested territories eventhought they were found by the HAGUE court to be Eriteran territory.

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  4. Ethiopia is planning to give citizenship to any Eritrean inside Eritrea to see how many of Eritreans are willing to defect their country. Particularly the Afar people are trying to make a move against the Eritrean government for a long time because the Asab port is let idle by Eritrea just to punish the afar people economically. The money that was suppose to go to Afar is going to Djibouti since Ethiopia is using Djibouti port instead. The afar people not only economically subjugated to hardship but also theses people are also systematically displaced from their own land to make sure they don't have the strength in the future for self determination.

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  5. What about if they want American citizenship?
    What researches methods were used to post your comments?

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  6. "The progress Eritrea has made in education, health and other sectors are out there for the world to see" really? so you think Eritrea has made a progress in education? But where do you think are the supposed students? If you really really think Eritrea is making any progress in education why do you think the supposed students are scattered allover the world bro? Don't you know 250 thousand of them are in Sudan, 100 thousand of them are in Ethiopia, 65 thousand of them are in Israel? God only knows how many of them are all over the Globe!

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  7. Why did he not captured Asseb or Asmara?
    Why did he signed peace agreement?
    Do you mean the unnecessary human loss of more than 100,000 Ethiopian solders was a success?
    Where you in the battle field? If? why not tell the truth? Tell us what has happened to the Ethiopian soldiers in Assab, Egri Mekel, Gemhalo, and over all the front lines.
    Is human loss good for you? Was the war a film for you?

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  8. We are proud Eritreans no one will defect from Eritrea we are not ready for cheap political sell let alone for Ethiopian citizenship ? Even for the so called prosperous countries. this young Eritreans has been fleeing the un law full government in Eritrea not their beloved country and I am sure all Eritreans in refugee camps including the diaspora
    Will return soon home after this un constitutional dictator gone ! And those days are sooner than you expect.
    Long live The land of truth "ERITREA".

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  9. Thanks Yohannes..for the clear analysis..

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  10. Are you a representative of the Eritrean people? Let me know that first?
    Why don't you condemn the unjust and unfair sanction imposed on Eritrea and its people? Why don't you condemned woyane for occupying our land illegally? Why don't you support for the implementation of the final and binding demarcation of Eritrean and Ethiopia border?

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  11. All what you mentioned will be history if the regime in Asmara is removed by Eritrean people which will
    Happen soon and if weyane remain to occupy 1m2
    Eritrean tretory after esayas gone then history will repeat itself. Only humiliation is waiting for them.
    Thus reason of our suffering is wrong policies of this regime internationaly and regionally.
    Thanks madote for being inclusive.
    In the end nehna eritrawian hamedna ke arqena yu !!!

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  12. Madote,place where lie gets its full size.Oh my lord.

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  13. You did not answered my questions at all.
    Asking you another question again. Who said that I would like to have a reference for your comment? or researched paper?

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  14. The answer to your question is I only represent my opinion un like many others who try to clean up the
    Turnished image of the regim in Asmara day in day out restlessly.

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  15. Why do U consciously misunderstand what the writer meant by that? Yes, they´re scattered allover the globe but are they educated? The answer to that is a resounding YES. That they then decided to leave their country and the reasons for it is another subject all on its own.

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  16. I think there is a misunderstanding and confusion here. Are we talking about people who are barely able to read and write? Assuming that is what you are trying to mean, how come you didn't try to look at the tens of thousands of minors and juniors (underage children) who fled their country and who are just wasting their precious life in the refugee camps of Sudan and Ethiopia? Do you have any idea what their number is like? Dear brother, I am trying to bring down the meaning of education to your level of understanding here otherwise you and me very well know a country can't be changed with people who are barely able to read and write. When I say educated people I am talking about Doctors, engineers,lawyers, accountants, managers, chemists, biologists, architects, technicians, electricians etc. And you are dead sure you don't mean such educated professionals are fleeing their country after achieving their education in Eritrea where there is no any single university college whatsoever. Understand?? I hope you would!!!!

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  17. 1. If you are really an Eritrean citizen you would have started to comment on the key content of the article instead diverting the key issue. Why don't you condemn the woyane regime for occupying our land illegally? Why don't you support for the implementation of the final and binding demarcation of the borders?
    2. Why do you hate and underestimate the Eritrean people? Are we ignorant people? How can you insult 5 million people?
    zebeis abzeyfelto adi geshus maesi ansefulei bele!!!

    3. Are a representative for all of us? If your answer is yes, you are not my representative. Go hell with your fantasies!!!!!
    Kab mehros yemero

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  18. Woyanay are your websites dead? Why you are barking in the shabia website? A lost dog do that.
    Yerdaeka!!!!

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  19. No no, I will hang :-) around. Who does not like comedy now and then? Love to read about this paradise on earth called Eritrea.

    Akal

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  20. No need to debate. You will believe what you want to believe. There were two winners in the war - one dead and one still alive. The rest including the poor solders from both sides and the people lost.

    Akal

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  21. An escape goat !!!! Why don't you answer my question? a lost dog!!! Hassawi woyane!! Sayterut abet Saylekut wedet!!! move to your website and paste your illusion comments there.

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  22. Wow, i cant wait, can u pls tell me when and where this treary is going to take place? Do i have to come to addis or is mekelle or adua will do? This is indeed a no miss one in a life time chance, a shot at becoming an ethiopian, u say? How abt afars do they get prefferance? If so is it ok if i claim am an afar? I am drooling as you can tell,,,pls pls paste the form and required documents here. Thx Tera'tee.

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  23. We believe you.

    Number of Eritrean Refugees Last Year WORLDWIDE: 18,000
    "More than 1,500[18,000/year] Eritreans, including unaccompanied minors, flee the country monthly."
    www.hrw.org/world-report/2013/country-chapters/eritrea

    Number of Ethiopian Refugees in SAUDI ARABIA Last Year: 800,000
    "1.6 Million Ethiopian Refugees Have Entered Saudi Arabia since 2012, according to the Chinese state-owned international news agency CCTV."
    http://youtu.be/CDQRH80P7ys
    start@1:55

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  24. Thanks Yohannes for the article.
    How many Tigrayans can afford the very expensive Eritrean passport in Tigray, The woyanes are coming here as Eritrean refugees and spoil the Eritrean web sites. Their mission is to devide Eritreans but they can't because they are easy to detect.

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  25. IT is the usual of shabian fabrications and lies to our brothers and sisters in Eritrea to cover up their humiliated defeat by Ethiopians gallant forces by driving out shabians capturing Barentu ,Tessene and heading to Asmara to capture Isayas then after only he beg the World Community to save his life and agreed according to our demand for the United Nation troops to stay 25 Km inside your territory , and this is the fact that you have to live with it instead of cheating and patronize your selves with unfounded empty heroism.

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  26. You and the other shabian dogs are always bark on every thing dogs suppose to do so bark real hard for your master Isayas for a while but when we come for you I know you are the one who run first for cover like a rat for your hole.

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  27. what momentum? More like descending downwards.

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  28. Dude... Eritrea never lost its momentum... rather Washington, Agame & Amhara continue to sabotaged its momentum.

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  29. Manny, since you heard about the battle from thousands of miles away, you have no right to talk about the war. We could tell you from A to Z what happen to the poor Ethiopian soldiers that had sent to be slaughtered. If you are telling us you won the war by sacrificing 100K soldiers plus another 100K wounded, yo have to be a moron. Off course every agame is a moron.

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  30. Goitom: How many agames can afford eri passports? Answer is none. Agames are still walking around with butter on their head looking for the next Tihlo. They're still primitive people.

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  31. A lost dog of wayane is barking in the shabia website!!! We don't have food to feed you anymore.

    Sayterut abet Saylekut wedet!!! move to your website and paste your illusion comments there.

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  32. Concerned_EritreanMarch 1, 2014 at 4:54 AM

    Something need to done really quick to save our country from diaster. Just an example we are now even isolated phsycally from the world. The only airline which still fly to Eritrea is the unreliable Egypt air. Thanks for their monopoly they have now doubled their price. It used to cost around 1000 dollar from Europe to Asmara for around a year ago (with Egypt air) now they are charging around 1800 dollar. All the rumors about Turkish airlines and Qatar airlines to start to fly to Eritrea, we have heard it for over a year now (it will start in weeks or monthes time), but it never happend.
    The realiable airlines Lufthansa stopped to fly to Eritrea becasue of misagremmet with the maffia regim who refuse to exchanges all Nakfa Lufthansa had to dollar. With all foregin exchange shortage the regim is suffering from, Lufthansa won't be able to start to fly to Asmara soon.
    It is pitty that the regims missmanagmnet killed our proud Eritrean airlines. How can someone with sane mind would give managenment of Eritrean airlines to Pakistani team?. If they haven't able to manage their own airline (Pakistan airways) how on the earth would they be able to do that for other countries airlines?. May god save our country from this worthless and incomptent people called HGDEF. We were once proud of EPLF which had collective leadership but once the mad dog took controll of everything things got worse. This wouldn't happend if the mad dogs power was balanced and checked by heros like Petros Solomon.

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  33. Are you telling us you are isolated from Eritrea? Yes, of course since you are a woyane fellowship you don't have place in Eritrea your country is Ethiopia? It is not a miracle to us to see a lost dogs of woyane barking in Shabia website!!!
    Do not pretend to be an Eritrea!! Sorry, I for get woyanes are used to imitate to be like Eritreans.
    Is your concern, don't have food and don't know how to feed yourself? Stay away!!!!! We don't have food to feed now.
    Yerdaeka!!!!!!

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  34. Who kicked out peace keeping forces, USAID; and other NGO from Eritrea? We are already there while you are dreaming to tell your history. We are in our land except Bademe and further occupied parts of Ethiopia Land too. You can ask your lords woyane they can tell you how big land is still under control of Eritrean Defense Force. The demarcation of the border will solve the two countries peoples problem for ever. We are not coward people like you who kneel down for food aid and other remittance.
    Why not you kick out USAID and others from your country Ethiopia? WHY? Coward bejbaj!!!! You need a gut to do that.

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  35. Concerned_EritreanMarch 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Zeragi,
    Hheheeheh, Tegaru maffia are leading our country right now (Issayas himself, Hagos Kisha, 2xYemanes and Eri-TV Asmelash) backed with DEMHIT. And the real Eritrean heros like Petros Solomon are dying in prisoncell. You HGDEF blind supporters are accepting any Tigraway as Eritrean as long as Issays accept him. Use your head next time.

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  36. but they are ruling Ethiopia and what they produce is genocide, crimes, 100 000 prostitutes, 1 million homeless, 14 million hungry, 80% of their budget isforeign aid and are proud of the Canadian wheat they beg and still they are the second poorest country on earth and those shameless woyanes are bragging development and democracy. what chimpanzees!

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  37. The last three words fit this article and your comments. Just look at your self in the mirror and say this "illusion" there you go - you defined yourself.

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  38. Abraha you know it :)March 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B1UV07YSc8

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  39. no, your inferiority complex keeps you here

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  40. Ethiopia under agame? yes

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  41. We ethiopian never believe shabia and agamed..u 2 z same even after death..

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