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Eritrean Official Denies Sponsoring Insurgents to Destabilize Neighbors

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12/29/09

  11:40:55 pm, by admin, 438 words  
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Eritrean Official Denies Sponsoring Insurgents to Destabilize Neighbors

Eritrean Official Denies Sponsoring Insurgents to Destabilize Neighbors

VOA News

Peter Clottey | Washington, DC

Eritrea’s information minister has described as an unfortunate publicity stunt accusations that President Isaias Afeworki’s government is arming insurgents to destabilize both Ethiopia and Sudan ahead of their scheduled elections in 2010

Eritrea’s information minister has described as an unfortunate publicity stunt accusations that President Isaias Afeworki’s government is arming insurgents to destabilize both Ethiopia and Sudan ahead of their scheduled elections in 2010.

Ali Abdu said the countries are exploiting the recent United Nations arms embargo imposed on Eritrea.

“This is simply a political prostitution and it’s meant to exploit the recent UN resolution, and this click is a comic click of liars. I mean they don’t even blink when they lie. I think your government, meaning the United States molded this spoiled child in Ethiopia by offering political subsidy. As far as we are concerned to be frank with you, we never take into account these comic liars’ statement as serious,” he said.

Security officials from Ethiopia and Sudan are currently holding a security conference in the northern Ethiopian town of Mekelle.

At the conference, Getachew Aseffa, Ethiopia’s security services chief reportedly accused neighboring Eritrea of arming terrorists along the Ethiopian-Sudan border to disrupt elections in both countries scheduled for 2010.

Abdu denied the accusations, saying Asamara is against terrorism.

“We fought terrorism long time before it became fashionable and it became a cliché in 9 /11 (September 11 2001). We fought it back when we were struggling for our independence in the late 1980’s. Why are these statements? Because we chose to be free and independent we didn’t allow ourselves to be servants like the regime in Ethiopia. So, this is the price that we are paying because we are free…we said no to neo-colonialism,” Abdu said.

The United Nations Security Council last week imposed an arms embargo on Eritrea and vowed to slap financial and travel restrictions on its leaders for allegedly arming hard line Somali Islamic insurgents.

The embargo reportedly followed months of international frustration over Eritrea's alleged role in arming al-Shabab, an Islamic insurgent group that is fighting to overthrow Somalia's transitional government.

But Abdu said Washington is behind the UN imposed arms embargo.

“In the first place it is not the United Nations…it is the United States. United Nations is simply being instrumental in this thing. As far as the resolution is concerned again it’s a disguise for other hidden agenda,” Abdu said.

He said Asamara will continue its “constructive engagement” in stabilizing the Horn of Africa region despite the UN arms embargo.

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Comment from: mikias [Visitor]
mikias

something great is comming to eritrean and ethiopia in the near feuture in the name of amanuale(god with us) jesuse is lord and savior.

12/29/09 @ 23:59
Comment from: babu [Visitor]
babu

Ali Abdu, “we chose to be free and independent” , how can you convince your own people that they are free and independent while they are fleeing by thousends every day.

12/30/09 @ 00:12
Comment from: Abirerm [Visitor]
Abirerm

What do we expect from Shaebya? If any one ask Bin laden if he is terrerist he will say ” no I’m a prophit” the same for Shaebia period

12/30/09 @ 00:12
Comment from: Halafi Mengedi [Visitor]
Halafi Mengedi

Ethiopia should not open any dialog with shaebia what os ever in the future. Ethiopia should wait until shaebia toppled.

12/30/09 @ 00:18
Comment from: displaced [Visitor]
displaced

mikias,
Halleluya!

12/30/09 @ 00:39
Comment from: Zerayakob Yared [Visitor]
Zerayakob Yared

AYTE ISSAYAS,

BE’ABUNE AFTSE-ZE’YEHA YE’INATWO GEDAM YIHUNBIGN’INA, BEMENFESSE GIBIZNET TEWLDEW BEGIBZNET INDAYIMOTU NISSEHA BIGEBU MIN YIMESSLIWOTAL ??

12/30/09 @ 00:46
Comment from: MACK [Visitor]
MACK

Hey Mikias, who said Jesus is not Lord? I think this is a political conference not religious outcry. It is good to wish and hope a good thing however you have to understand not to mix religion and politics.

As far as Eretria’s behavior, they will be punished more as long as they keep cooperating with Iran. The main thing people need to understand here is, the sanction is not because of supporting insurgence in Somalia, in my opinion that is not the most priority towards US interest comparing with having IRAN in DAHLAK or ASAB which helps to full fill the IRANIAN dream to wipe Israel of the map and that is very crucial for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. ERITREAN leaders can sell anything for money from disposal of toxic chemicals (radio active materials) which can affect the generation of Eritrea and neighboring countries selling arms to Sri Lanka and Somalia you name it.

12/30/09 @ 00:53
Comment from: Rasputin [Visitor]
Rasputin

“We are free and independent.” I am sure he mean Isaias and co.

12/30/09 @ 01:02
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]  

The neurotic child is crying once more.

12/30/09 @ 01:35
Comment from: korat [Visitor]
korat

mikias
amen amen amenB)

12/30/09 @ 01:42
Comment from: jebesa [Visitor]
jebesa

it always amazed me, some people may lie some times and some where. but i never see and never expect to see in the near future those shabeans to speak a single word which is truth. at even this critical time they are still cheating and laying.remember, when they have defeated by our gallant force in badme, those foolish Eritreans has been beat kebero in Asmara hearing what the propaganda has lied. now it becomes obvious that the regime in Eritrea is at its 11.59 hour. but still laying.

12/30/09 @ 01:45
Comment from: ogaden-hero [Visitor]
ogaden-hero

bravo abdou keep it up your country free from colony and stabilizing the horn.the sanction is not affecting only asmara but also the horn

12/30/09 @ 01:45
Comment from: Hiruy [Visitor]
Hiruy

There should be no doubt in your mind that Eritrea will have Badme by hook or crook. The rule of law should be respected and all international forces that respect the rule of law are behind Eritrea.

Again, the end game for Eritrea is the respect of the rule of law. Everything between now and when the rule of law is respected, is just an extra drama. It is just entertainment. I advice citzens of A- weird -GAME to understand they are just being entertained.

12/30/09 @ 01:57
Comment from: EthioMAN [Visitor]
EthioMAN

What beligrance, what shamelessness. Well that is shabia for you and woyane is not far behind. One thing right this man says is what a liar they, shabia and woyane both, are. What is comical is he has forgoitten it was the sudan who did helped in the early days of the terrorist shabia/woyane movement.

The audacity of this punk ass shabia who has been a terrorist all his life calling the then legitimate Ethiopian government that was fighting his terrorists group, a terrorist, is beyound comprehension. What a punk shabia. As they say, if one does not see the error of his ways, one will not be truthfull… liar shabia.

12/30/09 @ 02:06
Comment from: EriMan [Visitor]
EriMan

We are vigilante and strong as never been before, we will see what will happen. Eritrea never ask for aid nor for donation we never had starvation as many of you wish for us, thanks to PIA, we respect his work and decision and not getting into prostitution, ha ha lol.

12/30/09 @ 02:12

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