“The way to move forward [is] for Ethiopia to withdraw unequivocally from sovereign Eritrean territory. It is important to underline that peace, stability, mutual respect and better cooperation could prevail in the Horn of Africa if Ethiopia respects its treaty obligations.”
Permanent Mission of Eritrea
To the United Nations, New York
To the Editor of New York Times
Re: “Susan Rice and Africa’s Despots” (Op-Ed, Dec. 10)
In a response to an op-ed of New York Times of 10 December, titled “Susan Rice and African Despots” by Salem Solomon, the distinguished Ambassador of Ethiopia to the United Nations, Dr. Takedu Alemu, in his letter of 12 December to the Editor, attempted to justify the sanctions on Eritrea when by now it has become a matter of public record that Ambassador Susan Rice and the deceased Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia were the architects of the sanctions regime as revealed in the US confidential cable of 28 September 2009(1).
The assertion by the Ambassador that Eritrea supported terrorism in Somalia has never been proven by solid evidence; and this accusation has already run out of steam. The ambassador knows full well that the punitive measures against Eritrea were taken not for the alleged violations reported by the ´independent´ UN experts, but to cover up his government´s refusal on the basis final and binding verdict of the Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commission, established on the basis of the Algiers Peace Agreement, brokered mainly by the US. Eritrea´s objection to endorse the invasion of Somalia by Ethiopia and its refusal to recognize the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia were also incredulously the underlying reasons for the sanctions on Eritrea.
Let´s not complicate matters. The problem between Eritrea and Ethiopia is a question of occupation. The way to move forward on this issue has always been and remains to be for Ethiopia to withdraw unequivocally from sovereign Eritrean territory. It is important to underline that peace, stability, mutual respect and better cooperation could prevail in the Horn of Africa if Ethiopia respects its treaty obligations.
Eritrea remains commited to regional peace and cooperation.
Ambassador of Eritrea to the United Nations
Address: 800 Second Avenue, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10017;
Tel.: (212) 687 3390; Fax: (212) 687 3138, e-mail: general[at]eritrea-unmission.org
Sanctions on Eritrea
To the Editor:
Sanctions on Eritrea: Re “Susan Rice and Africa’s Despots”
(Op-Ed, Dec. 10):
Salem Solomon, an Eritrean-American journalist, has tried to inject the ugly side of the politics in the Horn of Africa into the American political debate. Her major preoccupation appears toward the end of her article, and it zeros in on the alleged unfairness of the sanctions imposed on Eritrea by the Security Council.
She doesn’t mention two matters: that the sanctions were imposed at the request of the African Union, which has troops in Somalia fighting Al Shabaab; and that a group set up by the Security Council found that Eritrea was aiding and abetting terrorism in Somalia.
Ms. Solomon could help Eritrea better by advising it to show a pacific disposition toward Djibouti, Somalia and Ethiopia and respond to the call for dialogue between Ethiopia and Eritrea repeated recently by the Ethiopian prime minister, who also expressed readiness to go to Eritrea for that purpose.
Ambassador of Ethiopia to the U.N.
New York, Dec. 10, 2012.
Susan Rice and Africa’s Despots
By SALEM SOLOMON