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Ethiopia security crisis self-inflicted, Eritrea innocent – Ex-US Diplomat

Ethiopia must deal with its home generated security crisis and stop using Eritrea as a smokescreen, this is the view of a former United States Assistant Secretary of State.

Herman Cohen on Monday waded into renewed claims by Ethiopia that neighbouring Eritrea was backing groups aimed at destabilizing the country.

Cohen described the Ethiopian claims as false and averred that the current security crisis in the country was “self-inflicted by a minority kleptocratic regime,” in apparent reference to the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF).

Ethiopia is currently under a state of emergency imposed on February 16 this year, a day after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned his position to allow for political reforms.

The ruling coalition, the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is set to meet to elect his successor. The country is currently under a Command Post administering the state of emergency.

The latest accusation against Eritrea was by the federal police chief who whiles giving a briefing on the state of emergency late last week, reportedly cited Eritrean involvement in the crisis. The Eritrean Information minister dismissed the claims in an email exchange with Bloomberg.

“The regime is desperately trying to deflect attention from its intractable domestic crisis — of its own making — and find external scapegoats,” Yemane Ghebre Meskel said describing the claims as false and one that did not merit a serious response.

The ex-ambassador has been a regular commentator on African politics and has previously spoken about the Ethiopian situation.

“In Ethiopia, instead of an all-parties reconciliation conference, I fear a Middle East type military dictatorship takeover and a zero sum game bloody outcome. USG, do not let it happen,” he said hours after a state of emergency was imposed on February 16.

“While in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Secretary Tillerson should have talks with Ethiopian government about their internal political crisis, and should encourage the regime in power not to fear an opening to transparent democracy,” he tweeted on March 3, 2018.

“Ethiopia regime should withdraw SOE declaration prior to naming OPDO leader Abiy Ahmed as new Prime Minister, thereby avoiding tense vote in Parliament, and setting stage for political reforms,” he tweeted two days earlier.

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1 comment

rezen Mar 20, 2018 at 6:53 pm

Subject: “Ethiopia security crisis self-inflicted, Eritrea innocent – Ex-US Diplomat” By Africanews
Mar 20, 201

Commentary, 20 Mar 2018
Quote ”Cohen described the Ethiopian claims as false and averred that the current security crisis in the country was “self-inflicted by a minority kleptocratic regime,” in apparent reference to the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF).”UNQUOTE

That does NOT sound like ‘professional’, ‘unbiased’, ‘mature’ statement coming out from distinguished, well known, expert in the entire African affairs, thinking and traits in all fields of endeavour.
It is a well known characteristic that the Dictator of Eritrea is the most revengeful diabolical creature ever since he came to this World. He never recovered from the disgraceful DEFEAT of neighbourly border {Badme] little war (1981…). It is not a secrete. His terrified servants (civil) can be excused if they faithfully discharge their duties of covering the nakedness of the King.

No doubt more destruction is in the offing in that Horn of African Region. Gone are the Days of “peaceful” existence during the era of Emperor Haile Selassie, The Absolute Dictatorial Monarchy, Elect of God, the King of Kings , the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Ahhhh…. Dictatorship at its epic period of time.

Now we are supposed to have independence, democracy, freedom, liberty, equality, justice, economic miracles…. all crafted by fifty-four African beloved genius leaders who are selflessly dedicated to the well being of their beloved brethren African slaves. THE END

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