Dehai News African Union calls for restrain after Djibouti-Eritrea border tensions

Posted by: Berhane Habtemariam

Date: Saturday, 17 June 2017

African Union calls for restrain after Djibouti-Eritrea border tensions

Note: Here is a white lie again about Eritrea vs. Qatar. Eritrea has never cut duplonatic relation with Qatar. Read below.
Berhane Habtemariam


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Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on a visit in April 2015 (Saudi Press Agency)

The Red Sea nation of Eritrea has taken a middle road, saying that the Saudi-led coalition embargoing Qatar has taken an initiative ‘in the right direction,’ while itself opting not to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Asmara’s Ministry of Information announced June 12th, “The decision that Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have taken is not confined to Qatar alone – as the potential of Qatar is very limited. It is one initiative among many in the right direction that envisages full realization of regional security and stability.”

The statement implies that Qatar alone is not to blame for terrorism, which emanates from multiple sources: “The causes of the spiraling upheaval are numerous, complicated and long-standing. Deterrence of the scourge and its perpetrators so as to guarantee sustainable security and stability is not an easy task.”

Asmara says essentially also that it does not want too directly involved in the Gulf dispute: “it is not a matter that requires invitation of the Eritrean Government or solicitation of its vote.”

Eritrea hosts a military base belonging to Qatar’s Gulf rival UAE. But the country also has significant ties with Doha. In a podcast with The Messenger last Wednesday, Professor Harry Verhoeven explained that Eritrea is a country with few international allies and that Qatar is one friend that has proven itself “reliable.”


June 15.06.2017


June 17, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) - The Chairperson of the Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has called for calm and restraint on Saturday after accusations by Djibouti that Eritrea occupied a disputed border area between the two countries.

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The accusations come after Qatar’s decision to pull out its peacekeepers from the disputed area in reaction to Asmara decision to cut diplomatic relations with Doha in support of Saudi Arabia, the Arab United Emirates and Bahrain who accused the tiny Gulf of supporting terrorism.

"The Chairperson of the Commission appeals for calm, restraint and stresses that the AU is fully seized with the matter," said a statement released in the first hours of Saturday.

Mahamat highlighted that the AU Commission, in close consultations with the authorities in Djibouti and Eritrea, is in the process of deploying a fact-finding mission to the Djibouti-Eritrea border.

The Chadian diplomat further said that the regional body is ready to assist Djibouti and Eritrea to normalise their relations and promote good neighbourliness within the framework of relevant AU instruments.

Djibouti’s Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssef stated on Friday that their army was "on alert".

He further disclosed they lodged complaints with the United Nations and the African Union.

The United Nations Security Council is due to discuss the situation in a closed-doors meeting on Monday.

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