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Organization of Eritrean Americans Deplores Extension of UN Monitoring Group’s Term





OEA Deplores UN Security Council’s Extension of Monitoring Group’s Term 

By OEA,

We at the Organization of Eritrean Americans (OEA) strongly deplore the UN Security Council’s decision to extend the term of the UN Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group and its failure to consider lifting the unjust sanctions imposed on the young African nation five years ago based on charges that have long been proven to be groundless.

This is unfortunate because there is just no evidence to support the decision, Resolution 2182 (2014) of 24 October 2014, and justify the continuation of the Monitoring Group’s work with regards to Eritrea. We would like to point the Council to the findings of the former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Africa Herman Cohen, who said in a widely published article last year, “All available intelligence indicates that Eritrea has not had any contact [with Somali insurgents] since 2009.” Ambassador Cohen also dismissed outright the preposterous attempts in the past to link this young African nation to Islamic extremism. “Those of us who know Eritrea well,” he said, “understand that the Eritrean leadership fears Islamic militancy as much as any other country in the Horn of Africa region.”

The bottom line here is that not only has there been no evidence since 2009, but there was no evidence during the period leading up to 2009 when the then U.S. UN Ambassador Susan Rice rammed the original sanctions package, Resolution 1907 (2009), down the throats of most of the members of the Security Council. This was during President Obama’s first year in office—and that was only the beginning.

Today, even the Monitoring Group, though it tried to move the goal-post fishing for other charges against Eritrea, finally admitted in its last report released last month, that “We've found no evidence of Eritrean support to al-Shabab,” This is something that Eritrea and the Eritrean people at home and abroad claimed right from the start.

The UN Security Council’s decision is also unfortunate because giving this integrity-challenged and thoroughly corrupted Monitoring Group another year to continue on its politically-driven fishing expedition will serve neither the interests of peace nor of justice in the conflict-ravaged Horn of Africa. What is more, some are pushing for the Group’s visit Eritrea “to investigate various strands of evidence that come their way.”

In the past, the Group used every opportunity to create its own “facts” and “evidence” or use “facts” and “evidence” created in the fertile minds of Ethiopia’s dirty-trick operatives, consultants and foreign enablers, to make sure the sanctions stay put. This is a clear indication that the UN Security Council has not been paying attention to the actions and behavior of the Monitoring Group, as a team, or as individuals, since its establishment in 2005, especially on issues relating to Eritrea and the Eritrean people. The Group has shown the world how corrupt it is. Two of its members were fired for actions and behaviors unbecoming of a UN investigation officer. But, their actions and behaviors are reflections of the Group’s corrupt organizational culture that seems to have lost any sense of the truth.

Remember, this is the same Group that had claimed in 2006 that 2,000 Eritrean troops were in Somalia, supporting the Islamic Courts Union (ICU)! To fortify its fraudulent claim, the Group gave a lot of details about the departure, travel and final destination of the troops in Somalia. As they say, the key to a good lie lies in the details. The disinformation artists who either fed the Group or the Group members themselves know the value of details when they are selling a lie constructed, refined and wrapped up in details for a purpose: to provide a cover for Ethiopia’s naked invasion of poor Somalia by inventing a national security threat for the Tigrayan-dominated Ethiopian regime.

The Monitoring Group told us when these phantom 2000 Eritrean troops left Eritrea (August 26, 2006), the mode of transportations (three dhows), that they were “fully equipped,” and how they entered Somalia (through Warsheikh, located north of Mogadishu, along the coast); then the monitoring Group said “the troops were re-located to an area in north Mogadishu for ultimate re-deployment to different ICU held areas.”

Wait, there are more details: “They were re-deployed as follows: 500 of the Eritrean troops went to Baledogle, 500 to Hilweyne-training camp, 500 to Lower Shabelle, and 500 remained in Mogadishu and were stationed at Villa Baidoa and the former Police Academy, Bolisiya”—A well rounded number, 2000, divided into four neat batches! Wow! A lot of very neat details, but when the Ethiopians invaded Somalia and controlled the country four months later, in December 2006, they couldn’t find any trace of their presence in Somalia.

Then in 2011, some more phantom stories were concocted to impose another round of sanctions against Eritrea. The phantom stories this time included a fictitious tale that alleged Eritrea had tried to bomb a gathering of African Heads of States in Addis Ababa. To sell this fabrication the Group tried to pass off a well-known Ethiopian army officer, Colonel Gemechu Ayana, as an Eritrean. Another phantom report claimed shortly after this bold fabrication was that of three Eritrean flights, on three separate occasions, evading detection from American and European patrols in the Indian Ocean, delivered weapons to Al Shabab at the Baidoa airport. Like the one on “2000 phantom soldiers”, we were told at what time the planes landed, how many soldiers unloaded their loads, …. Then, 9 months later, after the charge was used to help pass another round of sanctions against Eritrea, the Group came out and said that it never happened. Year-in year-out the Group’s reports are full of stories of fabrications like these.

However, no one has been held accountable for these outlandish fabrications invented and circulated under the cover of investigation and used to impose a series of sanctions against this young and poor African nation. What does this say about the UN or the UN Security Council?

Given all these challenges, to expect this Monitoring Group to “investigate various strands of evidence” and, “if there is no evidence,” to come back and clear Eritrea of the groundless charges and push for the lifting of the unjust sanctions is not likely to happen. In fact, the Group may try to use such a trip to “authenticate” the details in the potential fabrications they may have in store for us. Of course, anything is possible. But, the Group’s history of the last eight years points in only one direction. 
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30 comments:

  1. Thank you to Organization of Eritrean Americans (OEA) for your insightful and well written post on why the politicized monitoring group that is on a 'fishing expedition' against #Eritrea should not have its mission extended. It is time to move on and focus on positive opportunities in the Horn of Africa in which Eritrea can play a productive role. This would be entirely in line with the UN mission.

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  2. The name of the organization should have to have to be oeI.

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  3. The name of the organization should have to be OEI (Organization of Eritrean Isyasans)

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  4. Wait a minute. Your support for the terrorist was stopped due to the sanctions. Just because you corrected your behavior does not mean you've never engaged in funding and equipping Al shabaab and so many subversive and destabilizing groups.

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  5. Thank you all. Organization of Eritrean Americans (OEA). proud of u.

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  6. Leave the website now further embarrassment is a shame to the Eritrean website

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  7. You can't handle the truth? lol

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  8. ሞነተሪን (ግርማ ኣስመሮም)November 4, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Organization of Eritrean Americans?! an organization that isn't. How many members does it have and where is the headquarters. May be the duo of Ghideon Asmerom Abay and Sophie constitutes an organization, with Ghideon's basement as the headquarters.

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  9. since when does a beggar weyane tell the truth? korbae lemani hasot zeamelu

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  10. OEA should change their name OEF (Organization of Eritrean Fascists). Tell your wedi medhin to go back to his Tigrai with TPDM. Lol

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  11. How much are you getting paid to be the lackey of totalitarian tyrants? These idiots enjoying the freedoms of this great country support the North Korea of Africa aka Giant Prison and you are applauding them? What "productive role" could a fascist state play? Shame on you.

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  12. Shut your stinky mouth...Garbage in garbage out...moron.

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  13. Dirty Agame..this is only for Eritreans..Get lost B....Write your comment on Awate..Assena..and so forth..

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  14. Can you do what they did....can your organize your thoughts elequently and respond to the co-parasaites..like you...

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  15. Eritrea as known is a proud Nation due to Her Population inside the country and abroad (to say are the nation's warranty), and as so you see them gathering, discussing, organizing at high levels around the world, all under the umbrella of * Eritrea *.
    we are proud of you..thanks comrades

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  16. Many thanks dr. Mahaffy for your support.

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  17. What's the truth. When not having an evidence att all? And with the hidden wrong political agenda of so called SEMG? I know you would deny Mr Dineshs target is based on Suzan Rizes refusal of visa when the Eritrean delegation was heading to New York to prove her hiden agenda

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  18. Mr Jemal. You were wishing Mr Dinesh Mahtani in T he name of (SEMG) conspiracy of Suzan Rise would make a qudeta and replace Ali Abdu as a president for you. Keep on dreaming. We already know the hidden agenda and the dirty game of the monitoring group, extention of the unfounded sanctions. ......

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  19. What would you call your self intruder?

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  20. Wait a second. The name of terorism has gone world wide. Peace full countries lived in harmony regardless islam or christian for centuries are hanted and terorised as ever. Today, the name of terorism seem to be a fashing for agendas. We can go back to the history and check who created it. Today counties like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria. ....... people can not live together, they are devided because the big brother for its own agenda has created hateric among the innocent people. Good vtry of you mr Jim, Ali Abdu took the right decision to flee

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  21. Ali Abdu? The fascist who destroyed the Eritrean Free Press? Hell no.

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  22. Jemal, The supporters of DIA, like the above were mobilized on under national bases by the socially sick dictator long time ago so according to his principles it was easy for to accuse you supporting the office boy of DIA.

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  23. Today counties like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria. ....... people can not live together, they are devided because the big brother for its own agenda...
    Eri, should the people of these countries were enjoying equality and justice...no one was to be able to divide them.

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  24. Organization of Eritrean Isyasans (OE(I)), please.

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  25. I know what you mean. These morons have lost their sense of what the Eritrean struggle was all about. Instead, they equate Eritrea's interest with the brutal tyrant's who could care less about the Eritrean people. All he's doing is preserving his gangster rule.

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  26. Beal mamush,

    You don’t even know what the people inside Eritrea are saying!!! I came back two weeks ago and the entire people inside the country is spending their time cursing the PFDJ, especially the drunkard leader. In Tigrigna this is what the people are saying, “Bitsulule do dekey timirah.” Translated as, “How could we be ruled by a mad man?”

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  27. It's real a strong the Eritrean community around the world, then forget those of the ammerrikka, they are most organized. We're proud of you guys. Ab gonukum allena

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  28. Whatever helps u sleep at night, Eatro.

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  29. Organization of Eritrean Fascists is very appropriate for these selfish idiots.

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  30. I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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