News: Amidst heightened tension between Federal, Tigray region governments Eritrea blames TPLF for impeding regional peace, stability

News: Amidst heightened tension between Federal, Tigray region governments Eritrea blames TPLF for impeding regional peace, stability

From Left: Pres. Isaias Afworki, Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew, PM Abiy Ahmed, Tigray region Pres. Debretsion G/Michael. Picture: PM Office.
There was a breif moment when peace seemed to be within reach.

By Medihane Ekubamichael @Medihane 

Addis Abeba,
November 01/2020
– Amidst heightened tensions between the federal
and Tigray regional state governments, Eritrea released an official statement
yesterday accusing TPLF of obstructing regional peace and stability.      

Headlined “Stabilizing regional peace and friendship,” the statement, which was also shared by Eritrea’s embassy in Addis Abeba, said that the Horn of Africa region has gone through destructive experiences due to its strategic importance that draws the interest of powerful nations since mid-20th century. This has in turn created destabilization of the region, resulting in various armed conflicts between countries of the region at different times. It also led Eritrea to go through a war for its freedom, and left Ethiopia unstable due to “TPLF’s poisonous ethnic based politics”, which caused the rise of armed groups and political opposition.

The
statement hails that today the Horn of Africa is entering into new era
following recent political developments in Ethiopia and Sudan. One of the biggest
showcases of this stability is the end of the 20 year long tension that followed
the 1998-2000 destructive war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. The statement said
that this was achieved despite the years of TPLF’s reluctance which failed to
implement international arbitration regarding the border dispute between the
town countries.

The current
peace agreement was therefore not only to end the standoff between the two countries
but also to work jointly on different aspects partnerships and to ensure
regional and continental peace and security. The statement recalled leaders of
Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia meeting
in Asmara to sign trilateral agreement
to work on regional cooperation
which has expanded the cooperation between these countries in the past two
years.

However,
the statement admits that there were “drawbacks that should be overcome with
patience and hard work” because the treachery of distant forces who think the
cooperation “won’t serve their interest” are not completely wiped off the region.

These
forces have recently been seen in European countries such as Holland and Sweden,
the statement blames; and from the region “the TPLF led group” that has been declared
“Game over” for a while is dragging back Tigray from being a part of this
change. TPLF is quivering in its “death bed” and won’t reverse this “course of
history.”

Eritrea’s
statement followed Tigray regional state’s October 26
statement
in which the regional government accused “the Issais regime” of “doing all it can to bring the people of
Tigray, who paid tremendous sacrifices alongside the people of Eritrea during
their struggle for independence, to their knees and plunge us into mutual
bloodletting by scheming and conspiring with the enemies of the people of
Tigray.” It also warned that “responsibility for any and all problems that
follow” the federal government’s latest move the restructure the Ethiopian National
Defense Force (ENDF). Which Tigray rejected and called “irresponsible… will be
appropriately laid at the feet of the two individuals at the helm of their
respective unitarist, personalistic dictatorship: Abiy Ahmed and Issais.”

Similarly, in an October 29 interview,
Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin, Ethiopia’s former foreign minister, said that Prime
Minister Abiy Ahmed, who made “a one day secret trip to Asmara” on October 27, was
conspiring with the Eritrean dictator to wage a war on Tigray. Ambassador
Seyoum also claimed “Isaias’ military and security officers were currently in
Bahir Dar advising on how [the newly announced north-west Command which will be
based in Bahir Dar], they train, organize and lead combat” and that there the
regime in Asmara was recruiting and training the young and old in Eritrea the
aim to “finish off TPLF.”  AS

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