Date: Saturday, 15 October 2022
For almost two years now, the US and the EU have desperately tried to downplay and whitewash the TPLF’s high crimes of War of Insurrection with all its security and humanitarian ramifications in Ethiopia and the wider region at large. The ploy has invariably included unwarranted accusations and scapegoating of Eritrea.
Indeed, the EU External Service issued a deplorable statement on October 6 this month accusing Eritrea, among other things, of “playing a destructive role in the Tigray conflict”. And on October 12 this week, the US, Australia, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, UK, and Canada have issued a Joint Statement along the same lines.
These are the indelible facts.
In the event, these countries cannot feign ignorance and/or claim the moral high ground to pontificate to Eritrea on “peace and human rights’’. The litany of transgressions perpetrated against Eritrea in the past three decades with the support and collusion of some of these powers include: i) tacit and all-rounded support to the TPLF’s vicious and two-year long war against Eritrea when the former was at the helm of power in Ethiopia; ii) similar stance when it expelled over 75 thousand Eritreans and Ethiopians of Eritrean origin and looted their life-time wealth; and iii) deplorable collusion with the TPLF as it reneged on its treaty obligations and continued to occupy sovereign Eritrean territories in violation of the EEBC Arbitral Award in accordance with the provisions of the Algiers Peace Agreement that the US and the EU had brokered and explicitly guaranteed.
It is this backdrop of impunity that has emboldened the TPLF to unleash reckless military offensives in the past two years. Eritrea’s regional policy is otherwise centered on regional peace, stability and economic cooperation on the basis of full respect of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Member States. Eritrea cherishes regional peace as it has been the victim, for decades, of imposed and intermittent wars perpetrated to advance unlawful extraneous and local agendas.
Embassy of the State of Eritrea
To the United States of America