Date: Wednesday, 12 July 2017
What The West Does Not Want You To Know About Eritrea!
July 11, 2017
Eritrea will lead the longest battle for the independence of the African continent. For more than thirty years, the Eritrean resistance struggled practically alone against all. How did some African fighters come to grips with the world’s greatest powers: the United States, Europe, the Soviet Union …? What were the stakes of this struggle? Mohamed Hassan traces with us the epic adventure of the liberation of Eritrea. But before he reveals everything we should not know about Eritrea.
The Horn of Africa is one of the most heavily battered regions of the continent: incessant wars, famine, poverty … Images that everyone knows. But few people know that Eritrea believes it is possible to escape from this infernal circle, to resolve conflicts through dialogue and to reach an important level of development. We could rejoice. Yet, in the eyes of the international community, Eritrea is a pariah state, put to the bench of the accused of the UN Security Council! In what way does this country, of which no one speaks, threaten the Western powers? In this new chapter of our series Understanding the Muslim world, Mohamed Hassan reveals everything we should not know about Eritrea.
| Interview by: Grégoire Lalieu & Michel Collon.
Grégoire Lalieu & Michel Collon: Is Eritrea the source of all violence in the Horn of Africa? This is what the UN Security Council, which recently voted sanctions against the country, seems to be thinking. Eritrea is accused of providing weapons to Somali rebels.
Mohamed Hassan: These sanctions are based on a false campaign to destabilize the Eritrean government. There has been an embargo on the supply of weapons to Somalia since 1992, international experts are there to control the situation and there is now a serial number for any weapon that ensures its traceability. Despite all these provisions, the Security Council has no more evidence of this alleged trafficking than it had on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq! On the other hand, you again find Washington behind this type of false campaign. Yet even US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson does not believe in it. The truth, he explains, is that Somalia has been at war for twenty years and is full of weapons. Anyone can sell or buy on the black market. Somali rebels do not need Eritrea to get supplies.
Q: Eritrea is also accused of maintaining tensions with Djibouti over a border dispute. There was a clash between the two armies in 2008.
Mohamed Hassan: Eritrea has never demonstrated any land claim on Djibouti. Like most borders in Africa, the one that separates the two countries has been traced by the colonial powers. It was therefore marked a long time ago and has never been discussed.
This “incident” of 2008 is a pure fabrication of the Bush administration. It all began in April when Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki received a phone call from the Emir of Qatar. The latter reported a complaint from the Djibouti president, Ismail Omar Guelleh: Eritrea would amass troops at the border. But President Afwerki had not ordered his army and was very surprised by the call. Why did his Djiboutian counterpart go through a third party? Isaias Afwerki offered to meet Guelleh in Djibouti, Eritrea or even Qatar if he so wished. The Djiboutian president did not respond to the invitation.
A few weeks later, on 11 June 2008, soldiers from the Djibouti army attacked Eritrean troops at the border. A brief struggle ensued causing thirty deaths and dozens of wounded on both sides. The Djiboutian president claimed as soon as Eritrea had attacked his country. With disconcerting rapidity, the United States produced a communiqué condemning the “Eritrean military aggression against Djibouti”. The UN Security Council immediately echoed this condemnation. Only then did he propose to send a commission of experts to analyze the situation on the spot and establish the facts. Why did the Security Council put the cart before the horse? What were his accusations based on?There is no dispute between Eritrea and Djibouti. The peoples of these two countries have always been in good relations. But once again, the United States is manipulating the international community and the Security Council to put pressure on Eritrea...........................
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