Ethiopia and Eritrea, Longtime Foes, Meet for Peace Talks

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By Selam Gebrekidan/ New York Times

July 8, 2018

For the first time since a brutal border war in the late 1990s left a violent rift between Ethiopia and Eritrea, leaders of the two nations embraced on an airport tarmac on Sunday, hinting at a new era for the two countries.

Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, led his country’s first state visit to Eritrea since the war broke out in 1998 and sat for a meeting in Eritrea’s capital, Asmara, with President Isaias Afwerki.

At a state dinner on Sunday evening, Mr. Abiy announced that he had agreed with the Eritrean president to “resume the services of our airlines, to get our ports working, to get our people to trade and to open our embassies again.”

Direct telephone lines had been restored between the two countries on Sunday afternoon for the first time in two decades.

“There is no longer a border between Eritrea and Ethiopia, because a bridge of love has destroyed it,” Mr. Abiy said at the dinner.

Mr. Abiy surprised his nation last month when he announced that Ethiopia would “fully accept and implement” a 2000 peace deal that was supposed to end the border conflict with Eritrea.

More than 80,000 people have died in the war, according to some estimates, and the Ethiopian prime minister was among thousands who fought on the front lines.

The rapprochement between the two countries followed the ascent to power in April of Mr. Abiy, who at 41 is one of the youngest leaders on the continent.

Ethiopia, which has been a landlocked nation since Eritrea achieved independence in the early 1990s, has a strategic interest in a key Eritrean port, Assab, which it had heavily relied on before the start of the border war. The United Arab Emirates has used a military base in Eritrea to deploy its soldiers for the war in Yemen, which sits across the Red Sea from Eritrea.

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3 Responses to Ethiopia and Eritrea, Longtime Foes, Meet for Peace Talks

  1. One can see the Chemistry of the two leaders from the start. I never thought I will see this day. The respect and affection between the two leaders is sky high. The very fact the Eritrean president and his cabinet stayed till the plane took off tells me a lot more than what the eye can catch. President Isaias Afwerki is serious. His words were measured and accurate. The Eritrean people enjoyed the Ethiopian PM’s visit. Peace at last. Hope for all.
    PM Abiye is a gift from God. He is a man who can guide the Ethiopian people to oneness and greatness. There are unconfirmed reports, the PM also asked and received the freedom of Ethiopian Pilot Col. Bezabeh Petros, such is the leader we have. Who cares for the past and present. Let TPLF minders and saboteurs know, there is no going back to their apartheid political folly. Stop setting our country’s infrastructure on fire, stop dividing us. Join us and let us make our country great. The time to use the Tigrean people as your cash cow is over. We know now and then the Tigrean people are one and the same with the rest of the Ethiopian people. Wake up TPLF you are on the 11th hour!

    Tesfa
    July 9, 2018 at 8:50 am
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  2. ይህ ወርቅ እድል ዳግመኛ እንዳያመልጠን ነቢይ ዓቢይን ማጠናከር የእያንዳንዱ ቅን ኣሳቢ ዓይነተኛ ኃላፊነት ነው።

    mertcha
    July 9, 2018 at 9:26 am
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  3. ጠ/ሚ አብይ በኢትዮጵያና በኤርትራ መሃል ያለውን ጠብ ወደ ሰላም አሸጋገሩ እየተባልን ነው። ሰላም መኖሩን የማይፈልግ ያለ ቢኖር ህወሓት ብቻ ይመስለኛል። ኢሳይያስ የምናውቀው ኢሳይያስ እንጂ አዲስ ግለሰብ አይደለም። እንኳን ለኢትዮጵያ ለራሱም ህዝብ አልበጀም። ከህወሓት/መለስ ጋር ሆነው አሰብን የተዋዋሉ፣ ደም ያፋሰሱ ናቸው። ኤርትራውያን ባገራችን ቡና ላኪ እስኪሆኑ ድረስ፣ በጠራራ ፀሐይ ዘረፋና ግድያ ሲያካሂዱ፤ ሥራ ቅድሚያ ሢሰጣቸው፣ አንድ ቢሊዮን ዶላር መለስ ቼክ ሲጽፍላቸው፣ ወዘተ። ሰማንያ ሺ ሰው ደም የፈሰሰው ለምን ነበር? ለመሆኑ ይኸ ሁሉ ግርግር ለኢትዮጵያ ምን ጥቅም ያስገኛል? ማንነው ለኢትዮጵያ ጥቅም የቆመ? እነ ዶ/ር ብርሃኑ ሥልጣን ያግኙ እንጂ ስለ ኢትዮጵያ ጥቅም ደንታ የላቸውም። ባለፈው ቢቢሲ ሃርድቶክ ላይ የግንቦት 7 አቋም የኤርትራን መብት ማስከበር እንደ ሆነ ነኣምን ገልጾ ነበር። ሌንጮ ለታ ላፋሰሰው ደም ወደ ሄግ ሄዶ ለፍርድ መቅረብ ሲገባው አገር ቤት ገባ አሉን። ማንነው የኢትዮጵያን መብት የሚያስከብረው? ጠ/ሚ አብይ “ተፎካካሪ” እንጂ “ተቃዋሚ” አንበል ብለዋል። ለዶ/ር መረራ አዲስ ሹመት ሰጥተዋል። ለዶ/ር ብርሃኑም ይቀጥሉ ይሆናል። እንደ 1983ቱ ለንደን ኰንፈረንስ ዛሬም የአገራችን ዕጣ በአሜሪካኖች፣ በኢሳይያስና በዶ/ር በረከት እጅ ወድቋል። ኢትዮጵያውያን የህወሓትን መርዝ ውጠው ገና አማራ፣ ኦሮሞ እያሉ ነው። በጎሳ ተደራጅተው አናሳ ሆነዋል፤ ለአገር የሚበቁ አንድ የሉባቸውም።

    ለምን ወቅታዊ ትንታኔ የሚሰጡ ጠፉ? አብይ ኤርትራ ድረስ ተጠርቶ እንደሄደ ያህል ተጉዞ ውል መፈራረሙ አሳፋሪ ነው። በኢትዮጵያና በኤርትራ መሓል ድንበር የለም ማለት ውሎ አድሮ ችግር አለው። የወቅቱን ችግር ለመፍታት ሌላ ቆይቶ የሚከሰት ችግር መፍጠር ነው። ችግሩን የሚቀሰቅሱት ደግሞ ኤርትራውያን ይሆናሉ። አሁን እየተካሄደ ያለው የሰላም ግርግር ጥቅሙ ከኢትዮጵያ ይልቅ ለኤርትራ ነው። ኤርትራውያን ሲያያዝላቸው መልሰው የሚናከሱ ናቸው። መረሳት የሌለበት፣ ኢትዮጵያና ኤርትራ ሁለት አገር እንጂ አንድ አይደሉም። አንድም አይሆንኑም። በተባበሩት መንግሥታት ዘንድ እንደ አገር ተመዝግበው ወንበር ይዘዋል። ዶ/ር በረከት ኤርትራ የኢትዮጵያ ቅኝ ግዛት ነች ብሎ ሲያታልል ከርሞ፥ አሁን ተመልሶ ከፌዴሬሽን፣ ከኮንፌዴሬሽን እንቁልልጭ እያለ ነው። ስለ ኤርትራ እንጂ ስለ ኢትዮጵያ ቅንጣት ገዶት አያውቅም። በሰላም አሳብበው ኤርትራውያን አገራችን እንዳይዘርፉ ምን ማገጃ ተደርጓል? በዩጋንዳ፣ በኮንጎ፣ በደቡብ ሱዳን የሚያካሄዱትን ማየት በቂ ማስጠንቀቂያ ይሁነን። በኦሮምያና በአማራ፣ በቤንሻንጉልና በጋምቤላ ያሉ ዜጐች ክትትል ማድረግ ይጠበቅባቸዋል። ሁሉም ለሰላም ዘብ ይቁም። ኢትዮጵያ ለኢትዮጵያውያን፤ ኤርትራ ለኤርትራውያን!!

    አለም
    July 9, 2018 at 9:28 am
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