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Eritrea urges U.N. action after Ethiopia attack

By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA | Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:13pm GMT (Reuters) - Eritrea urged the United Nations to take action against Ethiopia on Friday for an attack inside its territory which the government in Asmara

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA | Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:13pm GMT

(Reuters) – Eritrea urged the United Nations to take action against Ethiopia on Friday for an attack inside its territory which the government in Asmara branded provocative.

The Red Sea state said it would not be “entrapped” by the military incursion, signalling its reluctance to be sucked back into armed conflict with its bitter foe.

Ethiopia announced on Thursday its troops raided three military bases in Eritrea which it said were used by Ethiopian rebels.

The assaults were the first on Eritrean soil that Addis Ababa has admitted to since the end of a 1998-2000 war that killed 70,000 people. Eritrea claims there have been others.

“The objective of the attack … is to divert attention from the central issue of the regime’s flagrant violation of international law and illegal occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories,” Eritrea’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Eritrea … will not be entrapped by such deceitful ploys that are aimed at derailing and eclipsing the underlying fundamental issues.”

A vicious row over the position of Eritrea and Ethiopia’s shared border was not resolved at the end of the war.

The Hague-based Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission ruled in 2002 that the border village of Badme belonged to Eritrea.

However, the village remains in Ethiopia, Washington’s main ally in the volatile Horn of Africa.

“It is patently clear that the Ethiopian regime could not have unleashed such a flagrant act of aggression with such audacity without the protection and succour of the United States in the Security Council,” Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh said in a letter to the U.N. Security Council seen by Reuters.

“Eritrea urges, for the umpteenth time, the U.N. Security Council to shoulder its legal and moral responsibilities and to take appropriate measures to rectify acts of aggression against Eritrea’s sovereign territories.”

Eritrea gave no further details on what action it hoped for.


Unable to match Ethiopia militarily, Asmara has launched a proxy war in lawless Somalia to weaken its neighbour, some analysts say. President Isaias Afewerki’s government has been hit with sanctions for links with Somalia’s al Shabaab rebels.

“I suspect there is little fallout to expect from the raid – unless Eritrea chooses to unleash one of its proxies, perhaps in Somalia,” said J. Peter Pham at the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank.

“Of course, if that happens, it would give the lie to Asmara’s hitherto denials of linkages with groups like al-Shabaab.”

Shimeles Kemal, Ethiopia’s government spokesman, said Eritrea has used the bases to train an Ethiopian rebel group that Addis Ababa says killed five foreign tourists and kidnapped two others in Ethiopia’s remote Afar region in January.

“The Eritrean defence force is not in a position to launch an attack against Ethiopia and were they try to do so, the results would be disastrous,” he told journalists on Thursday.

Eritrea denies any involvement.

“As we underlined at the time, the recent deplorable killing and abduction of tourists has also been misconstrued by the … (Ethiopian) regime and its backers as a ‘blessing in disguise’ to rationalise its unlawful acts,” its foreign ministry said.

A Western diplomat in Addis Ababa told Reuters the neighbours — two of the poorest countries in the world — are unlikely to harbour intentions for an all-out war, but both would be happy to see the other’s government unfold.

“Ethiopia will take whatever means necessary to topple the regime in Asmara, but a full-scale war is unthinkable. I believe these type of incidents will happen again,” he said.

(Editing by Richard Lough and Richard Meares)

Review overview
  • Mr. T March 16, 2012

    Legend has it that a donkey said, “Let the grass stop sprouting after I die.” What we see today with both the PFDJ regime and the rotten opposition clans is similar to the donkey’s wish list. The insane PFDJ’s boss has made sure that Eritrea becomes a mirror image of Somalia: a failed state that consumes its own people or let it die with him. It is fascinating that the end goal of the rotten opposition clans and the PFDJ regime similar. Their mission and vision is to end Eritrea. Truly, it is insane to see people rejoicing while their country’s sovereignty is violated and their own people are killed by the incursion of the barbaric woyane regime. The barbaric woyane has blatantly killed Eritreans inside their country and it should be condemned by all Eritreans regardless of their political persuasion. PFDJ is not the victim and it has never been. The victims are those who are forced to serve the regime without end.

    • Mr. T March 16, 2012

      It is obvious that Eritrea is weakened militarily due to the sanction imposed on it not to import weapons to defend itself. This is the barbaric woyane’s and its master’s first plan of action. The youth is leaving the nation in droves. With the help of the insane dictator’s policy, the barbaric woyane and its master have tried their level best to strangle the nation economically and dry the nation of its man power. This is their second plan of action. Now the barbaric woyane is so encouraged by its master’s green light, even to the point of bragging about its incursion deep inside Eritrea’s sovereign territory, to end the existence of Eritrea after 30 years of heroic armed struggle and 20 years of ruthless one-man-rule. It is an apocalyptic tragedy indeed.

      • SINGAPO-ERITREAN March 16, 2012

        Quoting Mr T………….”
        “It is obvious that Eritrea is weakened militarily due to the sanction imposed on it not to import weapons to defend itself. This is the barbaric woyane’s and its master’s first plan of action”
        Two sayings come to “reply” on the quoted statement ,one in Amharic & one in Tigrigna ,…
        1)በደምባራ በቅሎ፣ ቃጭል ተጨምሮ
        2)ወደን ከይሓምያስ ፣ ሰይቲ ወደን

        • Abnet Tesfai March 16, 2012

          thank you!!!
          you said it well what i wanted to say.

        • Mr. T March 16, 2012


          Thanks for sharing that beautiful Tigrigna proverb. neta woyanit guwalkum bzyada kgenha zegededni miknyat tsgab serniqwa ngorebabta dqas slezkelet iye. iti HGDEF wednakuwa loms neti ab wushti adi zgebro zelo glwlaw gedifka, ms gorebabtus tebay geru iyu zelo.

          • mahta yohannes March 17, 2012

            Sinpagore ambesa jegna well-said……hgdef hji do yhaysh wiy wiy …gena gena kitdukosu ikum

      • mereit March 16, 2012

        you said
        Legend has it that a donkey said, “Let the grass stop sprouting after I die.”
        perfect example and that explains you the donkey
        you are like the donkey who wants to eat by itself
        you are by yourself nethier oppostion nor supporter.

      • March 20, 2012

        Hhaa Now you are balming it on the arms embargo, Dictator Isayas was recently on Aljazeera boasting that he has enough arms to arm three to four nations, I think you were once a zealot supporter of Isayas who is disillusioned now and jumping off a sinking ship. Eritrea is a demoralised nation whose aspiration was stolen by a self serving dictator who was given free hand to ruin the nation for personal power, it is not militatry weakness, I am sure Eritrean youth in the treanches will be more than happy to surrender than fight for tyranny.

  • Hasab Rebi March 16, 2012

    Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! You will soon listen and whach, how many woyens were killed and captured. Shaebia is shaebia forever!!!!!!!!!!!!! The heavy human casuality of woyane will be revealed sooner or later. Just wait a little loger to witness the lousy cry of woyane.

    • Abnet Tesfai March 16, 2012

      Hasab Adghi
      just remain standby how many poor eritrean mothers will hear the fate of their children and you will listen in the media the captured eritrean in the battle.
      you bullshit joking by Eritreans youth death and enjoy western life and profiting by selling eritrean people kidney and hearts.

      • haki ytakeb March 19, 2012


    • March 20, 2012

      Your kind of bravado and immaturity is typical of the dictator(Isayas) you support, it embarrassing, you think lives are something to tally like a cricket game,the fact that Woyane went 15 km inside the border unhindered is an indication who is doing the dying, Eritreans .Probably you are living in the west where you dont have to do the dying while poor Eritreans risk the high seas on unsea worthy boats to escape a brutual dictator.

  • Abdi March 16, 2012

    Wedi arawit says p1
    For starters, Did the military engagement really happened? and Second, considering the Alias Redsea brought the news in detail [Casualties of war, captured tanks and missile] four days before the official statement of the Listro, which side of the story is correct?

    You might tell me, the event has indeed taken place, even your government has admitted that the the listros have indeed made an incursion to sovereign Eritrean land and they have also lodged a complain to the UN security council and my reply to this hypothatic question is…..Thanks God…for a change, we are in a position of innocence rather than the aggressor. During the last 12 years, We have been framed and blamed for every misfortune which took place in the horn of Africa, redsea basin and beyond..And if you have amnesia let me help you about those wild accusations which was directed against the tiny nation.

    A) Eritrea supports al Shebab and it has deployed more than 2000 of its Soldiers to fight along side the extremists groups, The same accusations which was used as an alibi to punish Eritrea and impose Sanction [Eritrea is not allowed to either buy or sell weapons globally]

    B) Eritrea violated the territorial integrity of Djibouti and the US demanded security council should convene to discuss the matters and condemned Eritrea.

    • SINGAPO-ERITREAN March 16, 2012

      You are using their former name “listros”…their new name is …masters of universities & super human beings & miraculous progressive people that lift their people from – zero to more than passing marks ………but insults do not change reality…some even might say those who shine shoes buybeing listros are more respectable than the “people” that shine Isaias´s ass. Well ,some people say ,not me… “ከብትስ ወያነ ወሲዶመን ፣ ግን ጸርፊ ዝሐደግናሎም የብልናን።” ግን ሓደ ብዕራይ ረሲዖምዶ ???፣ ዋእ፣ ፈንፊኖሞ ይኾኑ ….ባንዳ ,ባንዳ ጨንዩ ። ኣጆኻ ሓው፣ ንብዕልግና ጎይተታ ኢና፣ ጽቡቕ ጌርካ ነዞም ተጋሩ ዘግሃድካሎም !!!ወዲ ኤረይ ከምዚ ከማይ !!!!!

      • haki ytakeb March 17, 2012

        ezi agame ako meftuou wediou.SHABIA SHABIA EYATA.duhul telam hizbu.abedbed zebleka zelo kem kelbi eko fulut eu.gin SHABIA tifelta eka atsbiqka.zimetsa antekoynen nab difaa zeymetsa.kab seb zeyblu atina wetsiana mibal.ab difaa kiatwa fetinen entezikona entay mbelka?mukan nisika kab tigrina amharina yselteka.natka hilmi zelo kunat nikibaraa eu timnitka.BEL KUNAT ANTETEJEMIRU WEY NISEN ASMERA KIATWA EYEN WEY NIHNA ADDIS ABEBA KINATU ENA WEYLIOU DDA ADDISN AWASSAN WESHLEKLEK KIBL ZITSENIH EMBER. HAMAM WO HAMAM.

        • SINGAPO-ERITREAN March 17, 2012

          haki ytakeb ,
          I KNOW ,i AM TRYING TO WRITE ON WATER …however let me ask you , do you hate your child ,that is created by your sperm & his mothers egg???My ancestors created Amharic language,as a secret royal families language , my tigrinya is the father of Amharic .But then real Eritreans in true history ,the other “special People”believe a fake history invented under the influence of DIMU-DIMU”I think we should teach this Agames a lesson ,better than 1998-2000 war , only this time we will “tactically withdraw “up to Asmera …even Sahil.If reality was currency ,you would die of hunger, I hope they have brain stamps , as in FOOD STAMP. Awet nfeshfash …that is me…ha…ha

          • March 20, 2012

            When you use the word Agame ,it shows how backward, narrow minded and narccisit you are just like the dictator you support, only a fool will disrespect his opponet .All who love Eritrea will never want her destruction by Issayas.Sheabia’s supporters love Isayas not Eritrea, they dont give a shit about Eritrea since their infatiuation is with Isayas. But true Erireans will show up one day and free Eritreans from Isayas as his legimacy wines by the day.

    • April 5, 2012

      Since when did sheabia become a peace loving group, this group of thugs benefit from a war like state, so they can oppress eritreans in the name of national security….Isayas relies on fools like u to send him money from your welfare checks from abroad preaching nationalism.

  • Abdi March 16, 2012

    Wedi arawit says p2
    B) Eritrea violated the territorial integrity of Djibouti and the US demanded security council should convene to discuss the matters and condemned Eritrea.

    C) Eritrea supports Houth rebels of South Yemen by acting as the middle man of Iran

    D) Eritrea has allowed Iran to deploy its navy in Assab.

    E) Eritrea support Hamas with weaponary

    F) Eritrea support the Tamil Tigers of Sri lanka, and the remaining Air force of the Tamil Tigers are in Eritrea

    Even today…When the listro are telling the entire world in a loud language that they have made an incursion to sovereign Eritrean territory, The blame of the attach is equally shifted between the alleged aggressor and alleged victim. Now just imagine!!!….If the alleged military engagement really happened and the circumstances of the events looked more or less as Red sea stated in this forum..and the Government of Eritrea made a press release about the events and the listro in their turn, countered that Eritrea attached Ethiopian position….and blamed Eritrea as an aggressor…..Who would the western press portray as an aggressor?

    For me…The fact that the listro was Vocal about the incursion they allegedly made into Eritrean territory is a big PR from heaven. Under the condition, the circumstances never happened or the events looked more or less as the alias Redsea explained….and the Government of Eritrea should play its Card correctly and capitalize on this one big time.

    • Abdi March 16, 2012

      Well said Wedi arawit, unfortunately some are blinded to the extent of forgetting that Eritrea is thier country,or they might be listros as you called them.I go for the second areyti beles!!

      • Abnet Tesfai March 16, 2012

        Abdi BAHAM
        the eritrean people never trusted and wanted the woyana mafia because they are the dirties group in our world ever emerged. but how miserable is to see Eritrea fragmented like somalia because of your stupid and selfish dictator and people like yourself who stayed fawning for the evils of the dictator.
        if you are courageous man, get the gun and smash the woyane clique instead of preaching us meaningless propaganda and who did/said what!!!
        TUFU’E KELBI

        • haki ytakeb March 17, 2012

          ABNET ATI HAMAM ENTAY EU ATI TSEGEMKI.miskulu kittsarefi tiwalin tihadrin aleki.kitsarefuki antetdelu cherkiki mederbeyki neyrom haftna tikown elom ember.gin nisiki hanti waga zeyblki hisrti seb mukaki tray eu zehzneni ember natki zerebas bezi aatika beti ketewtso kelil neger eyu emo gele libi entegeberki kimadeki ele eye.

    • demisse March 16, 2012

      Don’t be fool… might is always right. Ethiopia is undoubtedly mightier than Eritrea at this point in time. Not only that, the arrogance of the Eritrean president has angered not only the people of ERitrea but also many big nation… who now like to see the demise of his regime. World powers are not interested on who is the agressor but who is more friendlier. When friendship criteria is weigh the regime in Eritrea come last in the list. No body wants to see Dictator Isaias in the year 2013, not woyanne, not somalies, not uk, not USA…. With Gadaffi gone, the guy is now alone and the brutal Meles, the man who has no big heart than the Mekele mouse knows this. It’s right time to raise the blade and strike the one time big brother.

      Meles taking on Isaias is for some Eritrean a relief for other a disaster. Woyanne is ethnic infected virus which can easily spread in Eritrea. the nine so called bhers will be given a woyanne type funny self determination up to secession. no central government. Lurking behind, say the Kunnamas or any religious group, Woyanne can easily rule Eritrea as its ruling Ethipia against the will of the people.

      God save Eritrea … both from woyanne and HGDEF

      • haki ytakeb March 17, 2012


        • SINGAPO-ERITREAN March 17, 2012

          No, we captured the name from Ethiopians ,in the “border war”while silly woyanes were capturing half of ERITREA /RAPE LAND/LITTLE SINGAPOUR ,,,,,,ha…ha…ha..ላዕሊ ላዕልስ ይቕረኽን ፣ ታሕቲ ታሕቲ ይቕደኽን በሉ ተጋሩ ……(ኣነስ ዝቐርበኒ ገዲፈስ ,ናይ ተጋሩ ትግርኛ ይዛረብ ኣለኹ…..ኣብ ክንዲ ጣልያንኛ ናይ ኤርትራ ቋንቋ ገዲፈስ ,ትግርኛ ናይ ተጋሩ…ይዛረብ,) ብሓቂ ዕሸላውን ዘሕንኽን እዩ ተግባረይ….እዞም ዓጋመ ጸላእትና…ጣልያን ካብ ራብዓይ ክፍሊ ከይንሓልፍ …መንግስትና ‘ውን ..መታን ብትምህርቲ ከይንባላሾ ኢሉ…ሓንቲ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ይዓጹ…ንሳቶም ክኣ ዘይለመድናዮንዘይተቓለስናሉ…መዕቆብን ,ክብረትን ,ስኮላርሺፕን ,…እናሃቡ ሓንጎል ናይ ህዝብና የባላሽዉ ኣለዉ….። ንብዓል haki ytakeb ሓዊስካ እዩ 5 ሚልዮን ኢና ዝብሃል .

      • Michael March 18, 2012

        Demisse ADGHI,

        Do not raise the name of Meles again. Stupid people like you, should be shamed to criticize Meles. The fact is Meles is a political legend who inspires the whole world.

        • M I March 19, 2012

          abyet abyet



      • March 20, 2012

        I have met Eritreans who fled the country recently who had nostaligia to the Mengistu era, they said life was better under Mengistu. May be, I think that it is not that Mengistu was better but Isayas is so repressive to the point he made Mengistu look better. All you Sheabia supporters who are living on welfare in Scandinivia and North America ,listen to recently departed Eritreans and why they fled Eritrea.

    • jgna March 17, 2012

      You big mouth ABDI, after your defeat you are saying and will say a lot. Remember that you have 70,000 eritrean refuges in Ethiopia (Tigray and afar). Who is feeding them? who is taking care of them? Mad Esayas? The ‘listros’ are doing everything possible for you people. yes, both eritrea and ethiopia/tigray were poor. being poor one can do any job without choice like what you people are doing now. it is not a crime 70,000 of your citizens are in Ethiopia and that amount in sudan, libia, egypt … what not. It is your citizens who are dying in synai desert, their organs (kidney) stollen through local sergeons. What worst thing is there other than this. Nowdays you eritreans are known for begging
      In Ethiopia, almost 100% of our children are now in schools, we have more than 30 big universities, we are performing well in all aspects. So in the near future Ethiopia will be a an economically gaint country in Africa. Eritrean bothers, the only option you have is to have a peacefull coexistence with ethiopia where the peoples of the two countries respect each other (not insulting each other). INSULT is a sign of uncivilized thinking.

  • ASSsiyASS AFMENDEF March 16, 2012

    So wedi Medhin must be sending a SOS by dispatching one of his servants. I wonder what he is begging? Stop them from invading me or arms and money. It is quite entertaining to hear the information released by the ministry of misinformation and lies. They won’t be dragged in to a war. Ninja please!!! There is no money, no arms and above all no youth will fight and die. They will simply surrender. Weyane mafia is probably probing the strength and will of the army and perhaps hope for an up rising. Though it may seem far fetched it is a possibility. Wedi Medhin is a shadow of himself. People hate him and he damn knows it. So he will do what any dictator does. Try to do as much damage as he can before he goes down. It is the hatred and contempt they have for their people. This thug is cold son of a bitch. Sadly there are many who still blindly follow this murderer.

  • mereit March 16, 2012

    shaebia forever! It is because of the hard work of shaebia we got our
    independence and trust me shaebia will take care off this so don’t panic and
    daydream. Power to the Lion of Nakfa!

    • gerimuna March 17, 2012

      You mean dumu of Asmara. Lions of Nakfa are in Eraeiro because of his betrayal. ANabse abzeybulus Wakarya Yinbsa. It doesn’t even have a bruise in his whole body. I think, he is a magician as we use to think about him when we were children. so forget about Lion of NAkfa. That is crab!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • the londoner March 17, 2012

      merit ,do you know the lion of nakfa been long gone and the once who still alive wedi medhen berad put them in jail.I did not understand it who you refering sound exactly like your tembianay dictator isayas who promised us in 1997 the sun would never shine again if we leave bademe.what is he going to promise us now?he will take him self and his cronies back to where the came from(sahle).I hpoe for the sake of the innocent eritrean people he would not retaliate other wise he would be back to timben.

    • March 20, 2012

      Sheabia forever?????????? where do you live? abroad right?perhaps Europe or North America?…you dont have to line for beard or sugar, your kids are in school in the west instead of Sawa.You can go and pray where ever church you is hypocrite like you who sent money to relatives in Eritrea so your brother or sister could be smuggled out to Sudan or Ethiopia, or you might have taken all family members out of Isayas’ reach already.

  • Abnet Tesfai March 16, 2012


    • M I March 19, 2012

      Do you know that Eritrea ordered to get off the so called ‘Peace keepers” from Eritrea

  • mereit March 16, 2012

    think twice before you write
    UN forces never defended Eritrea.
    show respect to yikalo and warsay who defended Eritrea and will save Eritrea forever.

    • Abnet Tesfai March 17, 2012

      yekalo bierghan/aged/ tekaelu…. warsay ka ab kulu ghodenatat awropan semien american, sudan, ethiopian fah elu alo…..hagher ka badima….. kemenibaal niska ka warsay ykalo enbalkum abnayhlmi alem tinebrun tibletsun
      teberaber fezaz aytikun….. niska ghorah kali seb asha enameseleka ekoyu….

      • mereit March 17, 2012

        just watch shaebia will take of this problem.

    • March 21, 2012

      It is not that Sheabia defended the border but Melese left Isayas in power so he can ruin Eritrea.


    Eritrea is led by a deranged delusional idiot surrounded by opportunistic willing to do anything in order to gain his favor and materially. It is a terrorist state, with the people being the victims. To the international community the Eritrean brigands are nothing more than a tiny irritant. The criminal and his thugs have been terrorizing, murdering, raping the Eritrean people. Heck he has even gotten crazier. No he is refusing dead people from getting buried. That will soon change too. Once he realizes only the dead want to come back he will will shift his two percent in added costs. Naizgi loved his Country so much he wants to be buried there but he spent his last days in London. A house he bought from ill gotten money. But they wan to use it as a dumping ground. Eritrea will become a brothel. It’s economy destroyed. The people divided and ignorant it will likely become another Somalia. What a low life wedi komarit is.

  • Yonas March 17, 2012

    Eritrea have decided to show their contempt and how little respect they have by enslaving the young, murdering, raping, robbing their own mothers and fathers, their sisters and brothers. Now Weyane an equally evil bunch of thugs will humiliate Eritrea. Wekid Komarit will not have fools to die for him this time around. Because people know he does not give a flying fuck about them why should they now. Yea there are the Kool aid drinking cultist morons who still worship him. But worshiping him from a long distance and fighting for him is a totally different ball game. Now weakened and isolated he is trying t o pool another fast one by acting like not wanting to get into useless war. Fuck you Wedi Komarit!! Too late for that. He does not have a drop of humanity in him. He use to spend 70k on hookers

    • March 21, 2012

      Right on Yonas!!!!!!! I didn’t about the hookers though, i thought the dictator was impotent who can’t even win the war he started.