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Addis applies pressure on Asmara

oppo-militaryEthiopian military high command gathered a meeting of Eritrean opponents to push them into being more active against Eritrean President Issayas Afeworki.

General Mohamed-Nur Yunus known as Samora, the Ethiopian army general chief of staff and a member of the Tigrayan
Muslim minority, convened a meeting of Eritrean opposition leaders at Mekele (Tigray Regional State) on 18 July. This is the first such meeting since 2005. It was led by retired General Mesfin Amare who heads both the Ethiopian foreign affairs ministry’s Liaison office for Eritrean matters and the Sana’a Forum. According to our sources, the meeting had a particularly important point on its agenda: ousting Eritrean President Issayas Afeworki
The Ethiopian officers reproached the Eritrean opponents for lacking coordination and they firmly advised them to devise a coherent and realistic strategy to overthrow the Eritrean government. The Eritrean opposition’s eight armed factions, which have been in fruitless negotiations since 2009 to form a joint military front against Afeworki, were represented at the meeting. Namely, (bullets by meskerem)

  • the Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization (RSADO) which lost one of its leaders on 7 July, Abdul Karim Qadr, killed by Eritrean border guards,
  • the Democratic Movement for the Liberation of the Eritrean Kunama (DMLEK),
  • the Eritrean National Salvation Front (ENSF), Eslah,
  • the Democratic Movement of Eritrean Saho (DMES),
  • the Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Justice (EMDJ),
  • the Eritrean Democratic Unity Front(EDUF) and
  • the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF).
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Source : Indian Ocean Newsletter

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