Focus on Eritrea as Somalia and Ethiopia Appeal for Action

AU Leaders in Addis Ababa

African leaders have condemned Eritrea for what they termed as “unfolding destabilizing nature” in the East African region. African Union leaders in their final day in Addis Ababa, said that the Afewerki’s regime is still busy with its negative activities in destabilizing regional peace and security. The governments of Djibouti and Somalia yesterday told the AU summit that, despite the imposed sanction on Eritrea, the Red Sea nation in defiance to the UN resolution, has continued to send insurgents via their territories.

The two countries urged the international community to establish strong organization for the enforcement of the sanctions to block the defiant acts of the Eritrean government. Just a day before the AU summit kicked off in Ethiopia, Eritrea had already warned that its issues were not to be discussed there and asked the AU to respect it as a member. “Should Ethiopia refuse to agree, Eritrea calls on the AU to stop holding further summits in Addis Ababa” Eritrean government statement said. The statement accused rival Ethiopia of obstructing Eritrea’s rights to take part in AU summits and other AU meetings that are held in Addis Ababa.

The sanctions have also laid travel ban and an asset freeze to Eritrean military and government officials. Last December, the UN Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Eritrea for illegally supplying arms to the suspected Al-Qaeda linked Islamist insurgent of Al-Shabaab, who are battling the internationally recognized transitional government of Somalia.

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18 comments

  1. jim

    Unprecedented. African leaders are getting their acts together to bring about peace. I hope this would be the modus operandi in dealing with rogue regimes from now on.
    AU, keep up the good work.

  2. ale

    ARE THEY HAVE EVEDENCE FOR THIS OR THEY SERVE ONLY THE WEAST? WHAT ARE THEY DID FOR SOLITION INSTAD OF SUNCTION OR CONDEMEND? AS I UNDERSTAND THEY DO NOT WANT TO LEAV THE CHARE THAT THEY HAVE SETING. PLS FIRST THEY MUST SOLVE THIRE HOME AND TALK ABOUT OTHERS AND THE TRUTH. BLA BLA IS NOT WORK .LEAVE ALON ERITREA. WE DO NOT WANT TO SERVE EXPLOITERS. WE DO NOT WANT ANY AID. WE ERITREAN ARE MUSLIM AND CRISTIAN AND BELIVE IN GOD. EVREY THING WE HAVE GOT FROM THE BEGINING IS FROM GOD NOT FROM THE WEST. WE ARE NOT BELIVE AN AID FROM US AND ITS ALILIS. WE BELIVE IN GOD AND HE CREAT US AND WE WAIT FROM HIM JUSTES NOT FROM USA OR UK.

  3. Akakizeraf

    The west is still practicing its old method of splitting the so called the 3rd wold into friendly and unfriendly nations for its own national interest.In the case of east Africa, USA and UK would never get a loyal representative than Melesse Zenawe who would do anything he is asked on the expense of the entire Ethiopian people and the horn of Africa.The misguided idea of fighting terrorism by oppressing the entire country by dictators like Zenawi is self destructive and could produce million potential terrorist/freedom fighters.The question is simple for USA,Are you with the Ethiopian people or with the terrorist?

  4. Ayaka

    It is indeed entertaining to see the so called ‘African leaders’ admonishing Eritrea for standing its ground in opposing Ethiopian hegemony in the region, which seems to be the outcome that everyone desires these days.
    Before the US or anyone knew the extent of the problem with islamic exteremism, Bin Laden was busy trying to distabilize the young nation from neighboring Sudan.
    Eritrean leadership has always opposed any form religious fundamentalism- as far back as the country’s 30 year liberation struggle.
    Now it is helping Al Qeada? Ridiculous. The AU is a shameful organization of clowns. Nothing more nothing less.

    • Danny

      Typical Eritrean attitude. Looking down on other Africans is your trademark. We, Ethiopians, had known this for long time. Now all Africa knows it.

  5. Proud African

    All African leaders are puppets, they have never been changed for long time, instead of stick together they always work for west countries. do they know that they are living under modern type of slavery. regardles what affect gives to their own people they just do what ever the west requisted.
    Eritrea goverment and the peoples work together and their police is to be self reliance, self sufficient, education, health, peace and stability inside and neighbouring countries. And Eritrea doesnt accept any NGO’s and charities like other Africans. For everyones knowledge Eritrea is the only country in Africa who doesnt have any loans from IMS & World bank plus who gets 50% income from mining resources. Ignore what west countries media saying please all visit Eritrea then you will admire & learn.

    Do you Know why US always against Eritrea because they dont want all Africans to learn from Eritrean to stand on their own feet with out help.

    • dinkem proud

      I am really ashamed of you talking about Eritreans success. It is not because the Ertirean govt refused not to have aid organizations in its land, it is because of bad corruption. The Ertirean ppl is dying of hunger and suffering with the consequences of this Evil Esayas Afewerki’s decision.
      Ertirea gets 50% of its income from mining ……… What matters is How much is Ertireans Income and it is not what percentage of the income comes from somewhere. I am sure the rest 50% comes from taxing the money that ppl of Ertirean living in western countrie sending to their poor families. Otherwise there is nothing the Esayas Gov’t do to increase its income but to participate in terror activities and destablize the region rather than supporting its beloved Ertirean brothers and sisters.
      Stand up for your Rights Ertirean!!

  6. Abdullah A. Ado

    Afewarki – An Autocrat without Borders:

    Tyrant Afewarki, Shaabia and PFDJ-junta are nothing but arrogant paranoids determined never to admit even a single mistake they committed within the last half a century. On the contrary, they finger point and put the blame on external forces beyond Eritrea. In fact, Afewarki uses specters of security threats to justify his authoritarianism. Out of sheer Eritrean highland “ghedli” culture of arrogance, blunder, contempt, denial, and empty-pride Afewarki blames others everywhere else for all the problems cropping up within his fiefdom; but never on his power-mongering political machinery circle. As always, Afewarki’s priorities are: buying all kinds of military gadgets; fighting left and right without borders; financiering all kinds of militant groups coming from the region; engaging his PFDJ-junta in clandestine piracy and banditry operations; setting secretive pacts and deals with regimes opposed to the Western world; and continuing with his utopia policy backed by his banditry tricks funnelling deaths and destruction. Yes, Afewarki is tirelessly experimenting with his wasteful white elephant projects within his fiefdom and camouflages his banditry acts with lame excuses usually bundled with musically orchestrated annual celebrations of “martyrdom”. By squeezing out the youth group from villages, he tasks them with Sawa where they ultimately become cannon fodders of his persisting military operations. Playing on Eritrean Tigrinya highlanders’ sentiments and psychic, Afewarki knows perfectly well how to get away with his age-old “Eritrea’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” mantra. It is with these tricks and traps he bargains excuses from the Eritrean Diaspora; and even milks their hard earned currency into his treasury. Whereas Issayas Afewarki presides over his subjects with unapologetic and repressive ruling mantras; whereas his top secretive and hermit like PFDJ-junta remains loyal to Afewarki’s “self-reliant” utopia; whereas Afewarki persistently fights left and right without borders; Eritrea still undergoes through its unfinished fiefdom formation exercises.

    • Proud African

      Abdullah grow up think before write anything, First of all the goverment and people of Eritrea work together in everything hand in hand and they never had any intention of going to any war with any country after 30years of war to get freedom they know how painfull it is, so from that they always try and help all neighbouring counries to get peace and stability but like Ethiopia, Djubouti and Uganda instead of working for stability in the hornAfrica they work for Western countries and by ignoring what is the necessity for their own people they give a land to US to use it for Military Base. They supposed to be learning from other countries what affect they were getting by having foreign military base.

    • dinkem proud

      Proud African …….I am tired of reading your stupid reasons and see how you have poor reasoning skil. You must be one of Esayas’s propogandist and lie machine. It is you and ppl like you who are resposible for extinction of generation. After 30 years of war what Esayas appears to learn is he can’t live without involving on War. He involved and was the major factor in every war errupted in the region for the last half a century . After having the so called “freedom” Esayas participated on wars with Yemeni,Sudan,Ethiopia and Djibouti. Unfortunately four of the five neighbouring countries to Ertirea. Is it your evidence to show that Eritrea tries and helps all neighbouring countries to get peace and stability?? You are really a disgusting crap and useless person. You and ppl like you will be held accountable and be infront of Justice soon.

    • ERITREA IS A LITTLE COUNTRY THAT TALKS WITH BIG BALLS . I NEVER BEEN THERE BUT I READ AND SEE THE AREA THEY CONTROL AND KNOW WHAT I READ IS TRUE. BUT IF I WAS ETHIOPIA, I WOULD HAVE NEVER ALOUD YOUR COUNTRY TO HAVE US LAND LOCKED. SOME OF THE OCEAN FRONT YOU WOULD HAVE TO GIVE UP ON A TRADE AGGREEMENT. IF NOT THAT , THEN IEMEDIATE IMMINENT WAR AND IT WOULD LAST UNTIL YOU ERITREANS SURRENDERED. AND YOU ERITREANS WOULD SURRENDER. YOU GUYS HAVE MADE IT DIFFICULT TO DO BUSSINES AND SLOWED THERE ECONOMY AND MADE SUPPLYING THEIR COUNTRY VERY DIFFICULT. IT COSTS THEM TOO MUCH MONEY IN THE FEES TO PAY DIBOUJTI FOR THE USE OF THEIRPORT ACCESS AND ROADS. IT IS JUST CRAZY HOW ETHIOPIA ALLOWS THAT BECUASE THERE COUNTRY IS TOO BIG AND AVANCED FOR YOU COUNTRY TO WIN A WAR AGAINST THEM. THEY SHOULD ONE THE 1ST ONE.

  7. Olu M

    Eritrea is a definite negative for Africa. The nation and her leader’s have never contributed anything but trouble to the African agenda. Instead of growing up and maturely joining the community, Eritrea constantly tries to steal land (from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sudan even across the water in Yemen) and launches hilarious tirades on Uganda, Burundi and other very respected nations.Eritrea doesn’t respect Africa and their Pres. Isayas even ridiculed South Africa’s upcoming world cup-which we are all very proud of. Shamefully, Eritrea calls the AU the “organisation of African baboons”, as if they are not black or African themselves. But that’s all minor compared to the security probs. they are trying to cause in the horn of Africa. We, as Africans, can’t and won’t allow this to go on. Good job AU! Keep Eritrea OUT! Let them join the Arab league, if they think they’re not African!

  8. jim

    How about the AU contribute troops and dislodge the rogue regime to free the Eritrean people from the worst government in their history?

  9. Jim-2

    Eritrea is a proud nation with good leaders, Everybody, leave Eritrea alone. Let us give this young nation a chance to grow. It will be a good role-model to all African nations.

    • jim

      20 years of bad governance is enough to show the regime cannot govern or live the Eritrean people and their neighbors in peace. This ignorant criminal regime has proved itself to be a disaster. It’s time for change. No more excuses. Issayas Afworki: resign and get out of the way.

  10. Sure

    Whatever the reason is – it is time for AFRICA people (not governemnt) to work together. Don’t worry about Essaya or Meles or this leader or that leader – we African people need to work together. We need to bring our kind of solution (we should not obey the WEST – as they wouldn’t do that -tell UK or US your government need to change this or that — you will see what will happen to you). AFrica needs her children to work together. Stop the hate and the nonsense here – stop spread hate and division – don’t be weak. Think past your head. Stop people ———————— and think now, is this good for AFRICAN children. We know what AU can do – a bunch of corrupted governments are not going to anything differenent because they got to the AU office. They are corrupted and they will do anything to keep themselve in office. They condomn this country or that country — but think about the people not the government. African chidren deserve better – we can’t allow these people mess our children future. Our children can have hope and dream but not right now. Right now – things looks really bad in AFRICA – our chidren are suffering and that can’t be AFRICAN GOD given destiny.

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