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The solution for war-ravaged Horn of Africa rests on constructive engagement, not sanctions. Stop scapegoating Eritrea!
December 2, 2011
I am outraged that your ambassador at the UN is pushing the Security Council to place more sanctions against the people of Eritrea. This latest call for sanctions, like the one in 2009, is politically motivated and doesn’t serve US national interest.
The allegations being thrown at Eritrea are pure fabrication. The charges, concocted by Ethiopia, are groundless. For example, the “bombing of an African Union session in Addis Ababa” charge, as the US embassy in Ethiopia pointed out in 2006, is a fabrication of the Ethiopia government, by parading known Ethiopian army officers as Eritreans.
The draft resolution being pushed by the US Ambassador to the UN itself was drafted and is orchestrated by Ethiopia and those who want to prop up the lawless regime in Ethiopia at the expense of the people of Eritrea. I would like to remind you that Ethiopia is a country that had brought untold suffering on the people of Eritrea for six decades and it continues to do so.
The Eritrean population, which suffered seven decades of repeated UN injustices, shouldn’t be made to suffer more injustice by this world body. Besides, putting more sanctions against Eritrea and the innocent people of Eritrea will not bring peace to the war ravaged Horn of Africa; in fact, this is a reckless act designed to reignite existing simmering conflicts and to create new ones.
Finally, the solution is not in scapegoating or isolating Eritrea. The solution is on constructive engagement. That is why I strongly urge your administration lift the sanctions that were imposed on this young nation on Dec. 23, 2009 and push Ethiopia to implement the final and binding demarcation decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) without preconditions or further delay. Ethiopia’s refusal to implement this decision is at the heart of the entire crisis in the Horn of Africa. It is this issue that must be addressed first and foremost.