Saturday, November 03, 2012

Eritrea blames Ethiopia for IGAD woes

(Nov 2, 2012, NAIROBI, Kenya)--The government of Eritrea on Thursday blamed Ethiopia for its delay in being accepted to rejoin the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). Eritrean Ambassador to Kenya Beyene Russom told a press conference in Nairobi that Ethiopia was fighting his country’s efforts to join IGAD.

“Mainly it was Ethiopia that prevented Eritrea from coming back. It accused Eritrea of doing this and doing that… it was accusing the country of wrong doing and the other countries were listening to what it was saying,” he said.

While he said that his country was ready to embrace peace with all countries, he regretted that Eritrea was not getting along with Ethiopia. However he said Eritrea was ready to dialogue but on condition that Ethiopia withdraws its troops from Eritrea.

“All countries should see us as strategic friends. But you know we are still not in good terms with Ethiopia because of the border conflict. They should have withdrawn their forces, we have told the world including Ethiopia we can start our diplomatic relations even tomorrow when they withdraw their troops,” he said. Read more from Capital FM »

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