From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Oct 30 2008 - 18:11:11 EST
Somalia-Eritrean minister says regional summit in Kenya "insult" to
Saturday, November 1, 2008
In a live interview he conducted with Al-Jazeera television in Massawa
(eastern Eritrean port) today, Mr Ali Abdu (acting information minister)
pointed out that as the Eritrean-Ethiopian border issue has reached
legal conclusion, the sole remaining issue is Ethiopia's illegal
occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories.
Indicating that Ethiopia's occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories
is in violation of all international laws, he underlined that as such a
move has dangerous consequences, the UN is duty-bound to take punitive
action against Ethiopia and see to it that it withdraws its forces from
the occupied sovereign Eritrean territories.
Eritrea-Djibouti border row
Regarding the dissemination of so-called Eritrean-Djibouti border
conflict, Mr Ali emphasized that it should be viewed within the context
of the interference of external forces in the Horn of Africa.
"Bankrupt and erroneous" US policies
"This issue is Washington's deliberate invention and fabrication," he
As such, Mr Ali pointed out that this act is a continuation of the US
Administration's erroneous and bankrupt policies in the Horn (of Africa)
Djibouti has become "a tool"
Stating that Djibouti has become a tool in this issue, he called on
Djiboutian brothers to be well aware of such a trap. In this connection,
Mr Ali Abdu elaborated that Eritrea is exercising self-control and
patience without being disturbed by futile rumours of this type. He
further stressed the need for the people of the Horn of Africa to be
free from external interference so as to avoid repeated conflicts and
Certain big powers
On the Somali issue, Mr Ali noted that the people of Somalia said No! to
the 16-year long lawlessness and civil war, and thereby managed to
ensure peace and stability in 2006 through self-initiated movement.
Despite this, however, certain big powers, in pursuit of vested
interests, invaded Somalia through their servant in the region, i.e. the
Ethiopian regime, thus aggravating the situation, he emphasized.
IGAD summit in Kenya "insult" to Somalis
Indicating that the prevailing crisis in Somalia following the Ethiopian
invasion is one of the biggest crises in the 21st century as confirmed
by UN reports, Mr Ali Abdu stated that the current so-called meeting in
Nairobi is but moribund that constitutes an insult to the dignity of the
Somali people and exposes Somali sovereignty to still worse danger, as
well as a conspiracy that foments more division among the people of that
"Invading" Ethiopian forces
He went on to say that the sole solution to the Somali issue is the
immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the invading Ethiopian forces,
besides ensuring Somalia's independence and sovereignty. If there exists
a party that wishes to extend support to the Somali people, it should
only be that of enabling the Somalis to resolve their issue themselves,
Mr Ali Abdu underscored.
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