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Eritrea to Ethiopia: Deal with your security crisis, stop chasing scapegoats

Eritrea to Ethiopia: Deal with your security crisis, stop chasing scapegoats


<p>Eritrea says Ethiopia must move to deal with its chronic internal security crisis instead of finding scapegoats from outside.</p> <p>This is the position of Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskel in a response to an email query by the <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-19/eritrea-rejects-allegation-it-s-trying-to-destabilize-ethiopia" target="_blank">Bloomberg magazine.</a> Ethiopian authorities were reported over the weekend to have said neighbouring Eritrea was partly to blame for its internal security headache.</p> <p>“The regime is desperately trying to deflect attention from its intractable domestic crisis — of its own making — and find external scapegoats,” Yemane said describing the claims as false and one that did not merit a serious response.</p> <p>The state-owned Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation late last week quoted the federal police chief as saying Eritrea was trying to destabilize the country by sponsoring anti-peace forces.</p> <p>Ethiopia is currently under a six-month state of emergency imposed on February 16, 2018. It followed the resignation of Prime Minisiter Hailemariam Desalegn, barely 24-hours earlier.</p> <p>The government said it was necessary in the wake of spreading violence across the country. The measure was controversially ratified by the parliament in early March in a vote fraught with claims of rigging.</p> <p>It is not the first time that Ethiopia has accused Eritrea of such acts, neither is it the first time Eritrea is rejecting such claims. The two continue to trade blows over a border demarcation process which dates back to 2002. </p> <p>Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after decades of armed struggle. In 1998, the two neighbouring countries fought a two-year long war over their disputed border which claimed the lives of at least 70,000.</p> <p>The two countries have had tense relations as a peace deal signed in 2000 to end the war has never been fully implemented.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="ro" dir="ltr">Ethiopia-Eritrea borderline tensions puts regional stability at risk – EU | Africanews <a href="https://t.co/4DAGlVl1Sw">https://t.co/4DAGlVl1Sw</a></p>— Ruby Sandhu (@RSCollaboration) <a href="https://twitter.com/RSCollaboration/status/852916666732351490?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 14, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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