Eritrea: Eighth Bi-Weekly Newsletter Released
|Ambassador Araya Desta presenting his credentials to Chairperson of AUC Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma|
Eighth Bi-Weekly Newsletter Released
The Press Section of the Permanent Mission of the State of Eritrea to the AU and UNECA has released its eighth edition of its bi-weekly newsletter.
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Ambassador Araya Desta Handed-Over His Credentials to the Chairperson of AUC
During the occasion, Ambassador Araya conveyed to the Chairperson the best wishes of President Isaias Afwerki for her personal well-being and for the strengthening of the African Union.
Furthermore, Ambassador Araya expressed his commitment to work for the betterment of the continental organization.
Dr. Zuma congratulated Ambassador Araya on his new assignment and expressed her availability to provide him with the necessary support in discharging his duty. The Chairperson also expressed her best wishes to President Isaias Afwerki, the people and Government of Eritrea.
Ethiopia Must Withdraw from Sovereign Eritrean Territories for Peace to Prevail in the Horn of Africa
'Tolerating Ethiopia's occupation of Eritrea's sovereign territories is an affront to international law and a disservice to peace in the Horn of Africa.'
13th April marked 12 years since the Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) delivered its Final and Binding Delimitation Decision on the common border between the two countries, fulfilling a major part of the mandate entrusted to it by the Algiers Agreement of 2000. Unfortunately, the day also marks 12 years that peace has been held hostage as Ethiopia refuses to abide by the Final and Binding ruling of the EEBC and still occupies sovereign Eritrean territories.
According to the Demarcation Directives adopted by the EEBC, the border would have been fully demarcated by November 2003. But Ethiopia's refusal to allow the Commission demarcate the boundary by putting pillars on the ground dragged the process for 5 years. In the end, the Commission finalized its task by demarcating the boundary with coordinates in 2007.
The Final and Binding ruling of the EEBC cannot be reversed under any circumstances, and Eritrea has officially repeated time and again that if Ethiopia withdraws its soldiers and institutions from occupied sovereign Eritrean territories including the town of Badme in the morning, dialogue between the two countries would start in the afternoon.
The peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia deserve to live in peace, and they should be given the opportunity to dedicate their time and resources to their development agendas.
It is high time that the Witnesses and Guarantors of the Algiers Agreement, i.e UN, AU, EU and US, shoulder their responsibilities and urge Ethiopia to abide by its treaty obligations and end its occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories including the town of Badme.
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