By Organization of Eritrean-Americans
The UN Security Council on Monday beat its own shameful record of injustice against the Eritrean people who have been victimized for more than 60 years by actions taken by this world body in the interest of an aggressive, expansionist neighbor: Ethiopia.
The Organization of Eritrean Americans (OEA) strongly deplores this latest Security Council action against the Eritrean people because it is both unjust and extremely reckless. The OEA urges the members to not use the power of this body to victimize the vulnerable nations and peoples of the globe.
The latest measure of unwarranted sanctions, as the one passed on Christmas Eve in 2009, are based on charges manufactured, orchestrated and pushed by Ethiopia. This one is based on bogus charges which allege that this young nation “planned terrorist attack of January 2011 to disrupt the African Union summit in Addis Ababa.” This is a pure Ethiopian fabrication the so-called U.N. Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group lifted as is from Addis Ababa’s bag of “reports” produced by its many in-house or hired dirty trick artists.
As the Permanent Representatives to the United Nations of the Russian Federation, H. E. Vitaly Churkin, put it, “the UN Security Council was not provided convincing evidence of Eritrea’s involvement.”The sentiments of the South African Permanent Representative were the same. The monitoring group using Ethiopian script reported an Eritrean intelligence officer “Gemtchu Ayana” was behind the attempt, when in fact Gemetchu Ayana is an Ethiopian. It is the same monitoring group that conjured up 2000 phantom Eritrean troops in Somalia in an attempt to cover up Ethiopia’s 2006 invasion of Somalia as a proxy war between Eritrea and Ethiopia.
These sanctions are also a manifestation of Washington’s one-sided and unfair policy for the region; parading IGAD members that accused Eritrea soon after the resolution was approved also exposes the unevenness and recklessness of this policy.
Furthermore, this resolution, as the ones before it, is not likely to bring peace to Somalia or the rest of the region; in fact, it is bound to exacerbate the already tense relationship between the nations, leading to more conflicts in this war-ravaged region.
The Organization of Eritrean American urges all peace loving peoples and nations of the world to denounce the UN action and fight to reverse these unjust and extremely reckless resolutions, 1907(2009) and 2023 (2011). The peoples of the Horn of Africa deserve better from the United Nations and the United States. Enough is enough! As Americans of Eritrean origin, we have a vested interest in seeing peace, stability and security returned to this region.