Ethiopia-Eritrea borderline tensions puts regional stability at risk – EU

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On the occasion of the 15th anniversary since Eritrea and Ethiopia agreed to draw a borderline, the European Union (EU) says it remains concerned over tensions between the two countries, stating that it was bad for security in the Horn of Africa region.

‘‘The EU remains deeply concerned that the present stalemate continues to put regional stability at risk, with potentially negative implications on international peace and security as well as international trade, and hampers regional cooperation and development,’‘ a statement issued by EU chief Federica Mogherini read.

The EU maintained that it was in the interest of both nations to resolve their differences and ‘‘to move to a phase of building constructive and peaceful relations.’‘


As part of its strong engagement on the Horn of Africa, the EU stands ready to support the process and any measures that will create conditions for a mutually beneficial relationship between Eritrea and Ethiopia in the future.


On April 13, 2002, the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) communicated its decision to officially demarcate the border between the State of Eritrea and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

The EEBC had been established as part of the Algiers peace agreement overseen by President Abdul Aziz Bouteflika and signed by the leaders of Eritrea, President Isaias Afwerki, and Ethiopia, late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, in Algiers, Algeria on 12 December 2000.

The EU signed as a witness alongside the host country, the United States of America, the United Nations and the African Union (then known as the Organisation of African Unity.)

‘‘As part of its strong engagement on the Horn of Africa, the EU stands ready to support the process and any measures that will create conditions for a mutually beneficial relationship between Eritrea and Ethiopia in the future,’‘ the statement concluded.

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Tensions between the two countries have been simmering with the most recent being claims by Ethiopia that Eritrea-backed rebels were behind an attempt to attack the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project.

Ethiopia has also accused Eritrea of accommodating persons behind the Amhara and Oromia protests that have swept through the country since November 2015. Ethiopia is currently under a state of emergency which was imposed to quell the unrest.

Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after decades of armed struggle. In 1998, the two neighbouring countries fought a two-year long war over their disputed border which has claimed the lives of at least 70,000.

The two countries have had tense relations as a peace deal signed in 2000 to end the war has never been fully implemented.

Source: (Africa News)

12 Comments

  1. The verdict has already passed and virtual demarcation was done on the map according to the EEBC. The EU must tell Woyane to evacuate from Badme as soon as possible if peace in the horn is to prevail. Here, the biggest obstacle is the US. The US is reluctant to solve the border issue between Eritrea and Ethiopia according to the Algeries agreement in which the US is the main guarantor of the peace agreement.

    Woyane is greedy in its nature and thinks to confiscate the properties of others by force, especially land. All the problems inside Ethiopia are due to Woyane’s behavior of land confiscation, Welkait – Tegede is a typical example. But, stealing land from Eritrea has not been easy for Woyane. The best advice for Woyane would be to give back Badme to Eritrea and live with the rest of the Ethiopian people peacefully.

    Woyane has received diplomatic, economic and military supports from successive US administrations. The support that the Woyane received from Obama was unique compared to other administrations. Susan Rice, Obamas security advisor, was the major lobby for Woyane. She helped Woyane in severing the relationship between Eritrea and the US. All the sunctions against Eritrea happened during the Obama presidency. While she was US ambassador to the UN, she worked hard to punish Eritrea and label Eritrea as state sponsor of terrorism. She pushed Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti, and South Sudan to accuse Eritrea to security council so that the accusation resembles African initiative. To consolidate her accusation of Eritrea as a regional destabilizer, she brought the border skirmishes between Eritrea and Djibouti though it was mediated by Qatar. Moreover, the US during the Obama administration were trying to stop diplomatic relations of Eritrea with other countries such as blocking investment, loan, etc. For example, during the start of the Bisha mine Eritrea desperately needed hard currency and asked Germany, which Germany was willing to give Eritrea, but after officials in the Obama state department heard this they blocked it. However, Eritrea finally got a loan from China. There have been numerous cases where the US directly and indirectly helped Woyane by bulling, isolating, suctioning and demonizing Eritrea. But, the good thing is Eritrea will ultimately prevail, whereas the destabilizer (Woyane) has got destablized.

  2. Esais Afwerki united his people. wayane disunited Ethiopian people tplf is greedy of money and looting our resources while Ethiopian people

  3. That demonic Isaias!!! He is trying his best to fulfill his servitude to el-Sisi by sending his ‘well trained’ mercenaries to blow up a public infrastructure. One way he is sending such mercenaries to do harm to his generous neighbors and on the other hand he is letting millions of his unemployed youth outside his country as ‘refugees’ so they can send remittance to fill his coffers. He has a long and extensive expertise in that area. He and his predecessor ‘liberation’ front used to send thousands of young Eritreans to the Arabian Peninsula on prearranged work permit visas including young women as comfort ladies. Then he used to get a cut from their earnings. One Ethiopian Afar who I know from his days in Afdem(Aware) who now lives in Germany told me the other day how the new Eritrean refugees there send part of their earning including the refugee assistance they receive from the government and charity organizations to government sanctioned account in Eritrea. Many of them were seen going back to their country immediately after they obtain residence papers and traveling documents and safely returning to Germany. He told me that comparing how long he took him to go back to Ethiopia to visit his relatives after he came to Germany as a refugee in the 1970’s. It took more than 15 years and a change in a regime for him even to officially send any money let a lone to go back as a visitor. He told me that the word ‘refugee’ has become a ‘relative’ term when it comes to those from Eritrea. This phenomena is happening all over Europe. You see Isaias is tired of being called a despot by the EU. Then he gave each and every one of them by flooding them with refugees from his hellhole joint. He goes ‘you want trouble? I will give you trouble!!! Here is a headache for you’. That friend has been talking to many such refugees and has found out that almost none of them are willing to talk anything bad about Al-Toweel Isaias. They blame just lack of jobs because of the effects of ‘unfair’ sanctioned imposed on their country. That demonic Isaias!!! He knows how to play the card very well to his advantage. He will continue flooding Europe with his ‘refugees’. I had mentioned my suspicion about this ‘refugee’ issue and how the demon could be part of the scheme. Boy, did I take a clubbing by his operatives disguising as bona fide Ethiopians? They still do that whenever I drop any type of comment on this and other websites.

    • He will send you a worm soon that eats your anus. Then, you will not seat and sleep. The worm is incurable. But, the worm affects woyane and people like you only. Off course, you are woyane .. your name is probably like tsadkan, geretsadik, aregawi, etc.

      Regarding to refugees, Ethiopia should be on the top; over 90,000 Ethiopians crossed to Yemen amid the war in 2015. Still, thousands of Ethiopians migrate to South Africa every year; there are ca. 2 million Ethiopian refugees living in Sudan, but non – of – the Ethiopian refugee has been reported in the western media, but we know that all of them say we are Ethiopians when they reach Europe. Why do you think is this?

      Woyane has been committing many genocides inside Ethiopia including Somalia region, Gambella, Afar, and in many other parts of Ethiopia. Woyane has shot and killed thousands of innocent Oromo and Amhara protestors including children and women. Woyane has committed serious crimes against humanity in Somalia since 2006 when woyane invaded Somalia with the help of the Amerucans. The whole Ethiopia — except regimes origin of birth (tigray) — is under state of emergency. They have been using the state of emergency to stifle dissidents, kill whatever they want, loot public property, etc. Why do you think the UN has not seriously acted on the genocidal regime of woyane?

  4. Folks, you see what I have been talking about? Since I started bedeviling Al-Toweel the demon Isaias his operatives don’t waste time pouncing at me.

    Now you, one of the graduates of ‘Halewa Sawra and ‘Seban Keleten’, are not being honest about it. I can tell that you are really fluent in the English language from your writing. I am quite sure that you have read various comments I posted on this and other websites in which I made my opinion very clear about the current regime back in Ethiopia. You should have known that already. You know for fact that I stand on the opposite side with the regime when it comes to its governing style. I was not surprised by it because I never expected an armed group to found a democratic system. You know that very well. I made that very clear on many occasions and that stand is still unshaken with me. What I differ from some folks is on method of the struggle. I am a man of peace and abhor all forms of violent form of politics. And you should know about that as well.

    In the meantime, I did not mince any words on how I feel about the other demon hailing from Asmara. I may not know him up close and personal but I know the policy he has been pushing about my old country since the early 1970’s. It is quite clear that he is hell bent to re-arrange things to his liking among my people. There is no question about it that he likes to see an inferno raging in Ethiopia pitching my harmonious people of Oromia against our Amhara brothers and sisters, Afars, Issas etc… He hates the word Ethiopia. He detests it like a malignant disease and calls it a ‘myth’. He dreams about doing it away with because he takes it as something created out of distortions and by distorted people. He has been dispensing destructive weapons like candy to whoever came from Ethiopia knocking at his door since the 1970’s. For that I called him a demon and I will continue to do just that until he stops flopping his mouth from calling our glorious history a distortion and the country I am from a myth. If that part is the one that incensed you, I am sure that is it. then tough luck!!! I did not even start talking about Eritreans he has been roasting in a flame hot shipping containers for years. I have not even started bringing up those members of his opposition who he starved to death in the 1970’s. You see. I believe you have a country called Eritrea now. You can stay there and should leave us alone. We are capable of sorting things out on our own. We are Africans and by all of your leader’s account you are both Arabs and Italians at the same time. Your Eritrea has become the Singapore-On-Horn and Ethiopia is so poor that it would be ‘out of place for you’ to mingle with us. You should spend your time sipping cafe lattes with your Roma-ist cousins in Tuscany. How about in Umbria? Your leader has invented a new style of democratic governance that his did not share even with his other demonic cousins by the name Sebhat Nega et al… Oh Boy Isaias!!! You selfish rascal you!!! You see. USA is not a democracy. Germany and the entire Western Europe except his former capos Italy are not democracies. That is according to his book. Did I make this up? He has said so in various interviews he gave to BBC, Al-Jazira and other media outlets. May be he can give a few pointers to our representatives on how to make the Good Ole USA a democracy. Can you find me a copy of the book he wrote about it so I can personally deliver it to the congress? Don’t worry about his fact that I am a product of distorted people. You know what? May be you can help me secure a diplomatic visa to your Piccola Roma for me so I can be un-distorted in person by the witch doctor? I am closing this rebuttal by telling you about one glorious story. It is a story that still makes every colored people very proud, that still inspires them. It is the story my Barentu grandparents who fought your former slave master at a historic place called Adwa. That Barentu grandparent could not believe what he was seeing. He saw another black man, another ‘nigga’ fighting along side a committed bigot culling his Barentu friends in a fiery enthusiasm. He saw that ‘house nigga’ cutting down his longtime friends. Not only those former grandparents of Isaias were mowing down Amharas, Tigrayans, Afars, Somalis and every able man that was there doing nothing but defending his Almighty Blessed domiciles, those Askaris used to entertain their masters in the war front every evening with their ‘exotic’ dances and war songs. Every time Dabormida or Baratieri sneezes the Eritrea Askaris shout loud calling the name of the almighty, every time Baratieri whistles those faceless Askaris used to jump jack flash. There used to compete with each other to see who will jump the highest beating their home made drums. Boy, even one them thought he could 100 yards up into the sky. That was one of the very reasons that emboldened your grandparent’s master ‘OL’ Cap’n Cotchipee’ Baratieri to rush his army into a well planned single and double encirclement awaiting him by my Barentu grandparents and their Amhara, Tigrayan, Afar every southern ethnic group comrades you can imagine. Just imagine the anger and utter fury on the faces my Barentus and their friends when they came upon prisoners of war who look like them. Every captured Askari was quivering with fears and in the process soiling his pants. Remember these were the same ‘dauntless’ Askaris who were singing and lambasting scintillating war songs from the top of their lungs for their slave masters just the previous night. Can you believe the fact that your grandparents went to war to kill their brethren just for a loaf of bread? Can you believe that? You never heard about that? Now you know!!! Your conflicted leader calls that a myth, a country of distorted history and people!!! He should and better leave us alone!!!

    • Do you know what the problem with you is? It is aid food. You do not know the contents and quality of the USAID food. People don’t know if the food was treated with some hazardous chemicals or hormones. Why do you think Ethiopians have the lowest IQ in world with IQ63? Don’t you think it is because the Ethiopian people is fed with aid food that affects their intelligence thanks to junta Woyane. For the Americans or the west, depopulation of the world population is their main agenda, but that depopulation must happen in poor African people like the Ethiopains. So, your IQ will diminish until it is equal to donkey. Ha, you started also exporting donkey meat.

      • Repeat!!! I repeat!!! You and your ‘Abd-al-Sissi’ eemonic leader Afa-bulbool better heed!!! IGAD said so!!! UN said so!!! You see, listening to plausible advice goes a long in saving your ‘day’!!!

        Here I go again just for you!!!

        It is the story my Barentu grandparents who fought your former slave master at a historic place called Adwa. That Barentu grandparent could not believe what he was seeing. He saw another black man, another ‘nigga’ fighting along side a committed bigot culling his Barentu friends in a fiery enthusiasm. He saw that ‘house nigga’ cutting down his longtime friends. Not only those former grandparents of Isaias were mowing down Amharas, Tigrayans, Afars, Somalis and every able man that was there doing nothing but defending his Almighty Blessed domiciles, those Askaris used to entertain their masters in the war front every evening with their ‘exotic’ dances and war songs. Every time Dabormida or Baratieri sneezes the Eritrea Askaris shout loud calling the name of the almighty, every time Baratieri whistles those faceless Askaris used to jump jack flash. There used to compete with each other to see who will jump the highest beating their home made drums. Boy, even one them thought he could 100 yards up into the sky. That was one of the very reasons that emboldened your grandparent’s master ‘OL’ Cap’n Cotchipee’ Baratieri to rush his army into a well planned single and double encirclement awaiting him by my Barentu grandparents and their Amhara, Tigrayan, Afar every southern ethnic group comrades you can imagine. Just imagine the anger and utter fury on the faces my Barentus and their friends when they came upon prisoners of war who look like them. Every captured Askari was quivering with fears and in the process soiling his pants. Remember these were the same ‘dauntless’ Askaris who were singing and lambasting scintillating war songs from the top of their lungs for their slave masters just the previous night. Can you believe the fact that your grandparents went to war to kill their brethren just for a loaf of bread? Can you believe that? You never heard about that? Now you know!!! Your conflicted leader calls that a myth, a country of distorted history and people!!! He should and better leave us alone!!!

        Hi-ye like that!!!!!

  5. You Ittu:

    I am now going to use your name selectively to respond to those anti Oromo individuals you have befriended. I will keep doing that until you disappear from all websites. I heard that you and your Ittu clan have fierce pro neftegnas for more than a century. If they don’t correct their attitudes it will be the gravest mistake they will ever make after my Oromia becomes an independent nation in just a few months. I will personally campaign for the eradication of your Itu way of thinking from the face of Oromia. You better tell your despicable Itu clan to start shaping up now. Get it!!!!

  6. Hey Hordofaa:

    To make me disappear you said? Tough luck, you punk!!! I tell you what? Our readers are so more matured than you and your idols, the other punks Jawar or his so-called professor gangs. They know how to spot you and your friends out from among millions. It shows you guys are desperate after marching thousands of Oromo youngsters into a waiting fire in 2016. You and your Facebook modern day Che Guevara ‘freedom’ fighters have been waging ‘war of liberation’ from your comfy homes here in the USA, Cairo and Asmara for several years and gained nothing for my Oromos. The only thing you gained is enriching yourself in the process from pan handling your ’cause’ to the jammaalas in Cairo, Riyadh, Doha and their house ‘nigga’ in Asmara. You will fail again and again!!!

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