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Italy Should Lead The effort to Lift Sanctions on Eritrea


Thousands of Eritreans in London protesting against the politically motivated and illegal UN sanctions against Eritrea


Italy Should Lead The effort to Lift Sanctions on Eritrea

By Bereket Kidane,

Former Assistant Secretary of State, Herman Cohen, wrote an op-ed piece a few months back suggesting that since there is no evidence tying Eritrea to Alshabab in Somalia, the Europeans should sponsor a resolution to lift the sanctions on Eritrea while the United States abstains from voting. That sentiment was echoed by former Ambassador David Shinn in another op-ed piece. Italy is now the current European Union’s Chair for the next six months. As per Deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli’s comments yesterday while on his current visit to Eritrea, Italy wants to start over and see an improved relationship with Eritrea. There is no better opportunity for Italy and Mr. Pistelli to put their money where their mouth is than by showing  some real leadership on the sanctions issue and sponsoring a resolution to lift the illegal and unjust sanctions that were passed on fraudulent grounds.

If Italy, the former colonial power in Eritrea, truly wants to jump start its relationship with Eritrea and work on issues of mutual concerns in regional peace and stability, there is no better place to start than by using its current chairmanship and bringing along its European partners on lifting the sanctions. Although it is possible that Susan Rice will interfere with a phone call and screw it all up, Italy should find it easier to work with the current Permanent US Representative, Samantha Power, who doesn’t have Susan Rice’s baggage and is reportedly not passionate about keeping the sanctions on Eritrea.

Italy has its own self interest in trying to do this. Since the fall of Muamar Qaddafi, who was seen as a “dictator” by the West, Italy has been swamped by African boat migrants crossing the Mediterranean through Libya. Italy is paying for the absolute breakdown in security and complete lawlessness that has engulfed post-Qaddafi Libya and allowed human smuggling to flourish in that country. Many of those African boat migrants, particularly those who hail from the Horn countries, claim to be from Eritrea even though they have never set foot in Eritrea because they know it easier to get political asylum as an Eritrean.

If Italy is to stem the continuous flow of boat migrants on to its shores, it has to work to improve conditions in the Horn of Africa that are leading to the migration. At the heart of the Horn’s instability is the Ethio-Eritrean relationship and Ethiopia’s continued illegal occupation of sovereign Eritrean territory and its refusal to abide by the Hague decision combined with the illegal and reverse-logic sanctions that have been passed on fraudulent grounds to try to punish Eritrea.  Italy can use its current chairmanship of the European Union to show some leadership on this issue.



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21 comments:

  1. Kudoa & great commentary.... Let's hope Italy takes this advice seriously!

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  2. I agree that Italy should lead to lift the sanctions and as the same time even if Ethiopia withdraws from the illegally occupied land there is no guarantee that illegal migration will stop. Because the migration is not fully based on the illegal occupation yes it works to get you accepted as an asylum (because you are in in a permanent national service No-War No-Peace..)but it will not stop it.Today you will be an Eritrean to get asylum tomorrow you will be another nationality to get it.

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  3. Eritrea is dictator government. We must change this government to stop sanctions. No justice in eritrea.

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  4. I smell your weakness and hoplessness from your words.
    THE END OF WOYANE IS NEAR !
    VIVA E R I T R E A !!!!!

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  5. We are not called Ethiopians to borrow somebody's nationality.
    We are what we are ......E R I T R E A N S ! ! ! and the whole world love and respect us for our pride and dedication and not because we copy someone else identity :)
    LONGLIVE ERITREA !

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  6. YES I AM BORN ERITREAN..and..I WILL DIE ERITREAN !

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  7. Not until the constitution is enacted and all political prisoners are released.

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  8. Eritrea never kneel down!July 3, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Ber
    Ber Weyane.
    halami. Eritrawi mukan yhlem alo enbear

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  9. Yes, indeed! I can't image being anything other than an Eritrean! Long live Eritrea! Long live Shabia! Long live the revolution!

    Awet n Hafash!

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  10. Agame Lemani. Yerdae'ka! We don't have a spare change for you today. Go say "Sile Mariam" somewhere else.

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  11. " ...they claim to be from Eritrea even though they never set foot in Eritrea....." i sentence you as "dumbest person alive" in absentia.

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  12. PIA has said in an interview that we should not take the comments of the former diplomats seriously.

    Is Madote an oppossition website? As it is featuring a comment made by ambassador Cohen.

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  13. Bereket:
    On his interview DIA said the sanctions wont' have any affect in Eritrea, while all the crying now? The Italy government should straight the sanctions.

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  14. Time will tell it has been done before.

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  15. Don't forget there are Eritreans born and lived there, but they contribute to the sellouts, traitors and defectors Eritreans group.

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  16. “I came here to enable Italy and Eritrea to embark on the road to cooperation in all sectors of mutual interest, given that many of the security and migration problems that affect Italy actually originate in this part of the region. To achieve that cooperation, I wanted to clarify, in person, to President Isaias here in Asmara that Italy is ready to show a new willingness to engage and to rekindle that mutual trust that has been lacking between our two countries for many, too many, decades”.

    This is what the Italian official said when he met Abo Issayass.when he said"many of the security and migration problems that affect Italy actually originate in this part of the region.",he means ato issayass is the sole reason,not Susan Rice,not Mrs.Power or EPDRF.What Mr.Lapo Pistelli is saying is enough is enough.Mr. Bereket Kidane,you are as guilty as your leader who is tormenting his people.

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  17. Really like the new song about Bologna's 40th anniversary

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEgMiaX7CZc

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  18. Bere is that mean an ox or a bull? it is better to improve your English that means you need to go to school instead of talking about politics.

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  19. wey tata, teftafit enda tahanit keman politics jemira, aye enda woyane tir ilka skarba ybhal....lol

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  20. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and for the stooges of woyane it is another big blow, just watch the cyber, they will cry ever so louder by mentioning all the ills they wish to be fall on us, Eritreans.

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