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Eritrea behind AU summit attack plot - U.N. report
By David Clarke
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Eritrea was behind a plot to attack an African Union summit in Ethiopia in January and is bankrolling al Qaeda-linked Somali rebels through its embassy in Kenya, according to a U.N. report.
A U.N. Monitoring Group report on Somalia and Eritrea said the Red Sea state's intelligence personnel were active in Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya and Somalia, and that the country's actions posed a threat to security and peace in the region.
"Whereas Eritrean support to foreign armed opposition groups has in the past been limited to conventional military operations, the plot to disrupt the African Union summit in Addis Ababa in January 2011, which envisaged mass casualty attacks against civilian targets and the strategic use of explosives to create a climate of fear, represents a qualitative shift in Eritrean tactics," the report obtained by Reuters said.
The plan was to attack the AU headquarters with a car bomb as African leaders took breaks, to blow up Africa's largest market to "kill many people" and attack the area between the Prime Minister's office and the Sheraton Hotel -- where most heads of state stay during AU summits.
The U.N. said while past Eritrean support for rebel groups in both Somalia and Ethiopia had to be seen in the context of an unresolved border dispute with Addis Ababa, the new approach was a threat to the whole of the Horn and east Africa.
Eritrea planned massive bomb attack on African Union summit, UN says
'Baghdad-style' car bomb attack planned in Addis Ababa, capital of neighbour and foe Ethiopia, which hosted 30 heads of state
Eritrea planned massive bomb attack on African Union summit, UN says
'Baghdad-style' car bomb attack planned in Addis Ababa, capital of neighbour and foe Ethiopia, which hosted 30 heads of state
Bombs were to be placed between the Ethiopian PM's office and a hotel where heads of state were staying in Addis Ababa Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian
Eritrea planned a massive attack on an African Union summit in Ethiopia in January this year that was designed to "make Addis Ababa like Baghdad", according to a new UN report.
At the time, Ethiopia claimed it had foiled the large bomb plot by its tiny neighbour and foe, the latest in a series of accusations and counter-accusations by the two governments. Now an investigation by the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea suggests that the plot was genuine, and says it represented "a qualitative shift in Eritrean tactics" in the Horn of Africa.
According to the report, Eritrean intelligence services planned an operation to detonate a car bomb at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa at the end of January this year, when 30 of the continent's leaders were meeting there. Separate bombs were to be placed between the Ethiopian prime minister's office and the Sheraton Hotel, where most of the heads of state were staying, as well as in a giant open-air market in the hope of "kill[ing] many people".
"If executed as planned, the operation would almost certainly have caused mass civilian casualties, damaged the Ethiopian economy and disrupted the African Union summit," the report said.
Wow…what is going on?? Weyane have send troops to somalia when the islamic court threat to attack Ethiopia and Eretria almost attacked Ethiopia and nothing is done!! Why Meles is so tollerant when it comes to Shabia?? Seyie was right to say Meles is shabia.
Invading Eretria is the next weyane agenda to attract public attention when the Hedase project fails. Otherwise why weyane is being so tolerant when it comes to Eritrea??
Did the UN converted the ETV documentary directly into a UN report, or what?
ADDIS ZEMEN and all his moron friends, where the hell are you? Come out and bash your crazy zemed and ex-friend Isayas.
The enemy of Ethiopia is Meles Zenawi more than anyone in East Africa.
Every Ethiopian should read what Eritreans saying to Meles Zenawi now.
Eritrea-Ethiopia: The Algiers Peace Agreement and its Aftermath*
Semere1 2011-07-24 16:18
War does not end political problems between neighbors. It’s naive to think Eritreans will live under occupation because Iseyas made them to “hate themselves and their country".
1. Didn’t war end the political problems of Nazi Germany and the rest of Europe? Isn’t Isaias the Hitler of the Horn? War will surely be messy and harrowing, but it can solve the Isaias problem.
2. Eritreans are very capable of living under occupation as they proved in the past. They lived under Turkish, Italian and British occupation. It is the Ethiopians who can’t live under foreign occupation.
3. The collapse of Eritrean nationalism wasn’t caused by Isaias alone, the extreme and unreasonable nationalism of the past has a lot to do with it
+5 #17 Semere1 2011-07-24 16:14
#10 Sele Haqi
The explosion of Eritreans en masse from Ethiopia was a wrong decision that was taken by Ethiopian gov’t.
From the humanitarian point of view, mass expulsion is wrong. But from the military point of view it has a lot of precedent. Remember the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. When war starts the worst side of human nature emerges, that’s why a totally unnecessary war like Badme shouldn’t have been started. When you have a mentally ill leader, the whole nation suffers the consequences of his illness.
+3 #16 Semere1 2011-07-24 16:13
#8 Gebrewahid 2011-07-24 05:44
Meles is on his way out. More and more his government’s official business is being carried out by Hailemariam Desalegn (his deputy) As you said, if Isayas don’t talk to him now, Eritrea will be toast after the next Ethiopian Election..
Gebrewahid, you made a good point. Meles is the key to the future of Eritrea, as long as he stays Eritrean independence is guarded, but if he goes then the free ride is over for Eritrea.
Here also lies the danger, Meles is exhausted from the heavy responsibility, he wants out. So he will be tempted to solve the Isaias problem to safe-guard Eritrean independence, that’s why he might start the war to eliminate the Isaias regime. If Meles fails to solve the Isaias problem, Ethiopia will likely get a nationalist leader who will surely liberate Assab for the benefit of Ethiopia. He might even liberate and assimilate the rest of Eritrea.
Amiche 2011-07-24 08:26
Paulos Tesfagiorgis seems well informed and has a realistic approach to the whole issue…The root cause of Eritrea’s problems is It’s exaggerated sense of self importance and it’s perception of others…here is an example of why smart Eritrea will always be outsmarted unless it realises it’s true worth. Self reliant Eritrea a few years in to the so called independence drew an economic plan that would 90% rely on Ethiopia and invited the then Ethiopian official Gebru Asrat to outline it’s plan. I for once thought Gedlhi’s one and only vision of banking on Ethiopian naivety is about to be materialised..The irony was, Knowing that Meles Zenawi is more Eritrean than many Eritreans, why we invited Gebru Asrat is mind boggling….perhaps we are not as clever as we think.
Gebrewahid 2011-07-24 05:44
“.. Meles doesn’t want that kind of war, because his whole career was about Eritrea. …Meles is a far greater Eritrean patriot than Isaias ever was…” #6 Semere1
Eritrea is also Meles’ Achilles hill. The only reason why Meles is not popular among Ethiopians is because of Eritrea. If it weren’t for Eritrean issue, he would have enjoyed a vast support of all corners of Ethiopia. He really sacrificed his political capital for Eritrea, Yet, what did Isayas and PFDJ do? They spit on his face. Regrettably, now as it appears, Meles is on his way out. More and more his government’s official business is being carried out by Hailemariam Desalegn (his deputy) As you said, if Isayas don’t talk to him now, Eritrea will be toast after the next Ethiopian Election..
Semere1 2011-07-24 02:39
Ethiopian had opted to war rather than dialogue during the border war, and now demarcation is a prerequisite to dialogue and to lasting peace.
You don’t get it, Meles is begging to talk to Isaias because he wants to save Eritrea. Eritrea can not survive another devastating war, and Meles doesn’t want that kind of war, because his whole career was about Eritrea. Strictly speaking the people of Tigray had no real reason to fight against their own country, if you understand that you will know Meles is a far greater Eritrean patriot than Isaias ever was. So don’t push this issue, talk to him and resolve this amicably, otherwise war could mean the end of independent Eritrea.
What surprises me most is that Some Ethiopians don’t learn from the past.
This is just another drama prepared by Meles who is the puppet of the US, Editted by the US and the presented by US dictated called ” monitoring group".
-Some time ago, we heard there were 2000 Eritrean soldiers in somalia which has never been proved.
- Terrorists attacked the railway between Ethiopia and Djibouti which was exposed by wikileak that it was done by Meles.
- Ethiopian Elections are fair when hundreds of people were killed and thousands were jailed.
I must be foolish to give credibility to this report.
Wakeup Wakeup Ethiopians. Of course most Ethiopian people know as this is a drama.
Well, now the world knows the truth. It took long, but, finally bad behaviour is exposed. I am proud of the men and women of Ethiopian military and leadership for neutralizing and exposing this evil act. Now, the pay back will definitely follow and it will be a leason of our century…..
meles is eritrian any kiss ass woyane is mad about thios go to hell and kiss my proud ethiopian ass
any time people comment about meles there is komata woyane banda out there get mad i’m femail i’m ready to do any thing to my ethiopia start here in washington
If truly there was God, God himself could have sent some kind punishment to Tigray people specially the Cadre and the Generals their betrayal for the Tegadelti like Tewelde.
The people who warned us like Aregach were condemned by Tigray people for telling the truth out of love their people and the pride of their ancestral heroism to hand us proud Tigray and Ethiopia.
The people who armed in short order and galvanized from North to South and from East to West from all walk of life volunteered to die like their grand fathers and evicted and Ethiopia was on the march to capture Asmara and Assab had the Ethiopian heroes were given few days to finish their missions like Seye Abrha was put in prison and like General Berhe Shaebia (name?) was called from the war zone by Meles and assassinated over night with his wife in Addis. The man who was responsible the eviction of shaebia put in prison, the man who stopped Shaebia looting spree Gebru Asrat was evicted from his job to the street the most honest human being Tegedalay.
Tigray do you have any sense of shame to betray your heroes and did everything to defend you from humiliation by BANDA-LANDERS ASKARIS???
How do you sleep with Mercenary Meles who is playing you like toy day in day out for the last 35 years???
Tigrayans how do you sleep with Meles and Sebhat the mother of devils working day in and day out to play you like toy and using your name and looting the country like Ethiopia is not their country, what is wrong with you to bend your head and pretend everything is okay???
It is unfortunate having such sort of neighbor. Ethiopia’s thrives can’t be hinder by this sort of conspiracy. The past years, Esayase had been demonstrated his evil ambition against to the region. Through his affiliates groups, he has been trying to destabilizing the country. Ethiopia has a duty to defense its sovereign from foreign invasion and plots so the government should take appropriative action against to the regime.
The end is coming…you can now see where that devious Eritrean advance request to explain itself to the UN came from? of course it was a desperate bid to reverse the irreversible, cos they knew they got caught red handed.. if you can not see the end of Shabia now you will never see it even when it happens..believe me, history is repeating itself and Ethiopians have once again proved how diplomatically far superior they are as opposed to our so called leaders who have no clue of how the world functions…It seems there is little the rest of us can do now other than just hold our breath and wait for a slow death of Shabia hoping they will not take Eritrea down with them…but I hope we have at least learnt some thing from this, our jungle mentality will not get us anywhere and the sooner we know our shoe size, the faster we will walk and get out of our misery.
The enemy of ethiopia are bothe shabia and weyannes. To see these devils kill each other is what i am looking forward.
By the way. Addis Zemen is not here incase you are woundering , he is now in that dusty refugees camp quing with his family for UN!! REDCROSS! OXFAM?USAIDS food .
Let’s sing a song for him (we are the world).
These chiggarams weyaanes have distroying oue ethiopian name.
“The Federation instituted between the people of Eritrea and the rest of Ethiopia has tended to slow the speed of the economic and social progress of the entire nation, including Eritrea.
The Federation has increasingly been manipulated as a ready-made tool through which the enemies of Ethiopian and Eritrean progress and solidarity have endeavoured to further their evil designs.
The Federation contains the inherent danger of creating misunderstandings among people who have, for centuries past, experienced no problems in living together.
The Federation, by duplicating administrative apparatuses, has occasioned waste of both human and material resources which could have been otherwise utilized for development purposes.
One is accordingly fully justified in concluding that the unfortunate consequences of this particular form of federation and the needs of the age, and not any conscious effort on the part of the people concerned, have brought about its demise.
Any responsible person who has deliberated upon and examined carefully the unfortunate consequences flowing from the federal system under consideration will feel no surprise that the people of Eritrea, who have had the misfortune of being directly subjected to its adverse consequences, have urged and pleaded that it be eliminated and replaced by a unitary form of administration.” Selected Speeches of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, page 474-5
“It is not necessary to enumerate countries where the people and entire country having lost unity, spiritual or otherwise, have become playgrounds and laughing stocks of outsiders. The historical events of certain countries bear witness to this fact. In our own times, there are those expansionists who by shedding blood, desire to achieve their ambition and by dismembering themselves they are seen as tools for alien interests. Our people from Ethiopia shed blood, to save them from disintegration. Those personalities who believe in freeing a country by secession are selfish and prey to outsiders. We will not accept their motives.” Selected Speeches of HIM Negus Haile Selassie I, page 426
“The wealth of Eritrea is the wealth of Ethiopia and the wealth of Ethiopia is the wealth of Eritrea.” Selected Speeches of HIM Negus Haile Selassie I ,page 429
“Man can only begin an enterprise it is for God to dispose of it to a good end.” HIM Negus Haile Selassie,
Long Live the Constitutional Monarchy!
Long Live the Kebra Negast!
Long Live Ethio-Eritrean oneness!
Fire burn down the neo-colonial witchcraft star of secession
Rise with the Lion of Judah!
Long Live Independent Ethiopia!
362. [b][i]An Eritrean source, who claims to have long been engaged in people smuggling activities on behalf of General Teklai Kifle “Manjus” told the Monitoring Group that he was first deployed into Egypt in a convoy carrying weapons in 2008. According to the source, his contacts confirm that Eritrean agents based in Egypt were continuing to coordinate routine trafficking of people and arms via Sinai in 2011[/i][/b].
and we call this a government?
Crime minister Meles almost killed by Esayas Afowerki.
What is wrong with that? They want to kill each other, anyway. The rest of the African leaders are also a bunch of monkeys who are oppressing their own people. They deserve death. Civilians? Well there is always some victims in the middle of a war, but both sides should try to minimize civilian causality.
This is UN report not Meles or some one. The report pointed out some bad doings from Ethiopian goverment as well. But, If the planned attack was successfull it would have killed childern, mothers and others who doesn’t know shit. Now this is too much from Eritrean goverment for real. People of Eritrea shouldn’t pay for such act.
No one is going to save eritrea these time, those of you who commented above couldnt be able to save the mad dog of eastern africa Isaias Afeworki.
Ethiopia can and will respond in kind to Eritrea, its just a question of time, Ethiopia is now trying to exhaust all non violent measures to change the behaviour of the regime. Political and diplomatic efforts are being pursued by IGADD and UN. The independent group which investigated the matter has proven that Eritrea has plotted to bomb the AU meeting and heavily populated business destricts in Addis Ababa. There will be further sanction by the UN, if thats not going to change the behaviour of the regime the EThiopia defence forces will make another incursion to Tesenay and Barentu.
This time there will be no one stopping us from pursuing the enemy, the Eritrean regime will definetly be ousted by our forces. During the 1998-2000 conflict, Ethiopian forces chased those ragtag eritrean fighters from Bademe downwards deep into Eritrean mainland up to Barentu. Shaebiya got scared and expressed their readiness for a ceasefire. Ehiopian army then stopped.
Now things are different, whatever the eritrean regime may say, Ethiopia wont stop till it fully ousts the eritrean regime from power, these will be humiliating to most eritreans but there is no other option, if eritreans cant control their wild leader some one has to control him. No alshabab, no OLF,no ONLF,no G7 will save shaebiya.
Can someone please tell me that this is a joke. kkkk LOL! Now I know that Isayas is a brutal dictator and somehow mad but I cannot imagine that he is behind the AU plot. Why?
Because you have to have some really good reasons and motives behind planing such an action. What is the motive of Isayas in plotting this? What would he get by bombing the AU in Addis? I mean he knows he will be anyways blamed for every evil in the horn of Africa and it simply doesn’t make any sense to bomb Addis.
Besides, what if this is used as a pretext by Ethiopians to start a war against him? One thing he can not dare to risk is another war with Ethiopia. But a huge bomb explosion in Addis with great damage could be seen as a declaration of war and could be used as a pretext for a new round of war.
So all in all the AU plot gimmick strongly smells like an orchestrated stunt by the Authorities in Addis themselves and the west. Only they and the west will benefit from such an orchestration as we are seeing it unfolding now and giving the west a pretext to tighten sanctions on Eritria. Especially targeting the mining company which is expected to boost the foreign currency revenues of Ertria considerably.
I don’t see any reasonable motive for Eritria to be behind the AU plot. May be some of you think it is because Isayas wanted to trigger the Arab style revolution in Ethiopia. But this kind of revolution in Ethiopia would only be a very bad example for him right before his nose. The Eritrean media was silent about the Arab revolution because it is something that Isayas would like to see end as soon as possible.
So, for me it doesn’t make any sense for Eritrea to be behind the AU plot.
My conclusion is rather that this plot is PR stunt orchestrated by Ethiopia and the west just to put more sanctions on Eritrea. This is the only plausible explanation that make sense to me.
We should appreicate the maturity of the Ethiopian government. However, WHAT ELSE CAN BE CONSIDERED A DECLARATION OF WAR BUT THIS KIND OF ACT..WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN FINISHED IN 1998 MUST BE FINISHED IN 2011..
Eritreans are barking here pretending to be Ethiopians. The Ethiopian governemnt has disabled the eritrean governemnt without going to war.
Eritrea as a nation is discreated for some time to come in the eyes of the world.
Well done to the Ethiopian government
We Ethiopians are smarter than you may think. This is the most stupidest and dumb report from UN I have ever seen. This is pure lie and shift the blame tactics from Woyane -Ethiopian government to shift the attention from internal problem. I have lost my trust for Woyanes long time ago and now I lost my trust for UN.
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