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The Circular Ethiopian-Eritrean Border Saga

Ethiopia has come a long way. In the last fifty years, it traveled the longest distance from where it started compared to many African and Middle Eastern countries. The Epic journey took it out from the darkest abyss of a feudal system lorded over by Emperor Haile Selassie, through a bloody Dergue Marxist revolution that finally brought Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam, through a tough rebellion that brought the downfall of the Dergue regime in 1991.

In parallel, Eritreans fought for self-determination to break free from the grip of the feudal Ethiopian empire. They started the struggle 20 years before Ethiopians began their fifty-year journey. and they came out victorious in 1991. Eritrea was liberated, so was Ethiopia. Sadly, the Eritrean misery continued under the rule of the liberators-turned-oppressors.

In 1991, the two countries started from identical situations, but Eritrea took a different path, one of domination and curtailing basic freedoms and human rights. It is still marred by many crises and is ruled by the mentality of rebellion and a guerrilla mindset. However, both the Ethiopian TPLF and the Eritrean EPLF were inflicted with the same malady; both believe in military might and absolute power. And unbeknownst to the citizens of the two countries, the relations between the two allied guerrilla entities that came to power in 1991 were deteriorating; the waters that looked calm on the surface were boiling below. That was a natural cause for the two years of bloody confrontation that ensued.

However, while Eritrea stayed a single party, a militarist country, Ethiopia started to walk the challenging path of democratization, against all odds. While the Ethiopians persistently challenged the ruling party and inched their way ahead, the Eritrean ruling party made sure no opponent remained standing to challenge it.

As recent as two months ago, the Ethiopian power center shifted from one entity within the ruling coalition party, the TPLF, to another, the OPDO, and to a certain degree to the EPDM. TPLF, the founder, and architect of the EPRDF party had its nails clipped and its political influence drastically downsized in a lightning speed. That change brought the dangerously fast-moving new Prime Minister, Dr. Abyi Ahmed. Since his election in April, the PM changed so many things to the extent that the face of Ethiopian politics seems to have had a drastic facelift and doesn’t resemble the face of Ethiopia before he was inaugurated.

Understandably, he was catapulted to power by the youth whom his party rallied behind. They were the formidable force that protested against the statuesque and dictated the unprecedented change of attitude among the political elite. Since his inauguration, Dr. Abiy has been hopping from one place to another, roaming the country, meeting with people, explaining his vision, and soothing the low morale of Ethiopians, and launched an admirable process of healing the political rifts.

Among the drastic steps he took, some are phenomenal. Recently he oversaw the retirement of senior military officers, appointing new ones, and reinstating other Ethiopian commanders who were discharged dishonorably—he recognized their national services, reinstated their military titles, and honorably moved them to retire with full rights. To some, that could seem a minor undertaking, but the psychological and moral boost it gives Ethiopians, and the moral authority it attached to his leadership, is gigantic.

Dr. Abiy’s vision for the economy, where the major banner is the privatizing of the Ethiopian Airlines, the most successful African airline, and the privatization of the telecommunications sector, among other economic establishments, has gained him the support of world financial markets, investors, and funders alike.

The swift moves were not limited to his internal activities. Externally, he has cemented Ethiopian alliances with Sudan, he has travelled to Egypt and massaged their egos, giving them the assurances regarding the flow of the Nile waters, his gestures and diplomatic statements forced the Egyptian media to go gaga, the same media that was up in arms against Ethiopia during the presidency of Mursi, agitating Egyptians against the Ethiopian renaissance dam which they claimed will slow the flow of the Nile River and force Egyptians to go thirsty! In addition, he launched his vision for a bigger cooperation among the regional countries which he spelled out after his recent visit to Somalia. So far, he has harvested a $3 billion aid from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) that was announced when the UAE heir apparent visited Addis Ababa on Eid Day.

However, there remains a thorny issue on his table: the unresolved Eritrean-Ethiopian boundary. So far, he has promised to respect the EEBC ruling and the Algiers Agreement and pull out Ethiopian forces from occupied Eritrean territories. Given the situation in the border areas, and the rivalry between the PFDJ and the TPLF, his statement is easier said than done, though this time, many hope he will prevail over the petty competition that cost the region immense loses and irreparable damages.

For the last 20 years, Eritrea has been living in a no-war-no-peace situation, a pretext that the Eritrean ruling party used to turn the entire country into an open-air prison where the youth suffered the most. They are still victims of indefinite conscription, arrest without warrant or trial, and the killing of their dreams for a free and better life. In addition, the economic meltdown has impoverished the people and the Eritrean economy has not expanded one bit in the last 20 years. Unemployment is rampant, corruption, nepotism, and abuse of power is so widespread it is suffocating the citizens who leave Eritrea in their thousands in search of freedom and opportunities.

Eritreans mainly blame their ruling party that failed in basic governance and diplomacy, and in navigating the corridors of world power. It stayed mediocre, failing to produce fine statesmen since it forced itself to the seat of power. Twenty-seven years after entering Asmara victoriously in 1991, its guerrilla structure is still intact defying reason and adamantly refusing to change, and it’s still controlled by the struggle era generation.

Unfortunately. Peace and War in Eritrea have been governed by the relations between the Tigray rulers and the Eritrean rulers. Whenever they were on good terms, the rest of the people suffered, and when they were at loggerheads, the people suffered equally. But this time, even Eritreans who gave the TPLF generous benefit of the doubt are questioning the real motive of the rulers of Tigray.

In the last 20 years, the TPLF has managed to cripple the Eritrean opposition, creating client organizations along regional and ethnic lines. It has presided over the ritual of fracturing the Eritrean cohesion and now it seems ambivalent, not clear what it will do next.

On August 26, 2015, in an editorial entitled A Glance to the Past A Focus on the Future, The Pencil stated the following:

Badme has been the cause of many small conflicts for over three-decades; in 1997 it became a flash-point for a major war [with] a colossal human crisis…. Ethiopia seems hell bent on not relinquishing the village without a dialogue to fine tune the borders of the [EEBC] court decision; Eritrea seems hell bent on continuing to scream “Badme” regardless of the expected outcome. In the meantime, the small real-estate holds the livelihood of millions as a hostage. At this moment, any sane person would choose to resolve the issue after a normal situation prevails in the region.

Prime Minister Abiy is somehow reiterating the same circular position unless he manages to pull the Ethiopian troops from the Eritreans territories as stipulated in the EEBC ruling. But that doesn’t seem in the horizon because the Tigray ruling party (TPLF), a partner in the ruling Ethiopian ruling party (EPRDF), is stating in so many words, that dialogue is the underlying precondition. It is a standstill unless the stalemate is creatively broken.

We have addressed this deadlock many times before and we will reiterate our past position once more.

If there is a genuine wish to resolve the impasse, instead of handing the case to jingoists and politicians with narrow agendas in a silver platter to exploit, then there is a common-sensical way out. There is no official difference of views between the two countries as far as the EEBC ruling is concerned, except in minor places in the central sector of the boundary which is virtually demarcated–a cheap GPS would show every inch of the territory, and where every village lies, and what its fate is according to the EEBC ruling . However, neither Ethiopia nor Eritrea has publicly published the names of the villages that are the cause of the much-publicized political quagmire.

Nevertheless, we would like to emphasize that the proposed solutions do not resolve the underlying cause of the war in itself: currency, money laundering, illicit trade, internal interference, etc. However, we also believe what is being debated in both countries is a good starting point towards normalizing neighborly relations.

Finally, we have said it in the past, and we say it again, that the close to 95% of the undisputed boundary should be immediately demarcated, and if there remains a minor section of un-demarcated boundary, around Zalambessa, Tserona, and Irob region, where the affected villages that risk displacement are located, the issue can be discussed with a commitment to resolve it in many ways, within a fixed time span so that it doesn’t drag on indefinitely. This, we believe can be accomplished in a few weeks time if not in a few days. Thereafter, the two sides can leave the issue behind and the two people can focus on what really matters: peace, cooperation, and development projects.

Related Reading:

Ending Dialogue By Proxy (2004)
The March to War (2005)
Seven Years and Counting (2009)
The Enduring Power of Haile Selassie’s Propaganda (2012)
A Glance to the Past, a Focus on the Future (2105)
Isaias’ Never-Ending Border Drama (2017)

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  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear All,

    “ያዋከቡት ነገር ምዕራፍ አያገኝም
    ፍቅሬ ፍቅሬ በዛ እኔ አላማረኝም”
    አለ ጥላሁን ገሠሠ ::

    I really wonder how it will be completed..”ያዋከቡት ነገር ምዕራፍ አያገኝም ”

    KS,,

  • Amde

    Hahaha..

    ለካ ሩቅ አይደለም።። ሜዳው ግን ጃን ባይሆን ሸጋ ነው።

  • Abraham H.

    Selam Awatistas, it is very uplifting to see Ethiopia transitioning itself to better democratic atmosphere. However there are some worrisome developments; the follogwing could be some provocative moves by the Ethiopians who are planning to hold, perhaps, one of the largest demos in the country’s history tomorrow:
    -some people will be waving the old Ethiopian flag without the central star
    -someone will be chanting offensive and defamatory slogans against the tplf
    -some people, pfdj operatives ,will even be waving the pictures of the Eritrean despot, DIA, thereby, provocating the oppressed Eritrean people
    Also, don’t be surprised if you notice some Eritrean flags, amidst the crowds, though this might be a good sign of the developing peace, hopefully

    • Amde

      Selam Abraham,

      Just two months ago, people were being thrown in jail for not displaying the “official” flag.

      Today, apparently the Federal Police has said people can wave any flag they want.

      It is statistically impossible that millions of people get together without an incident. But I think this will turn out fine and hopefully become historic.

      Amde

      • Abraham H.

        Selam Amde, yeah, let’s hope the demo goes peacefully and becomes a show of the fledgling demcoracy in Ethiopia. I wonder whether the PM Abiy will be there to deliver a speech to the crowds?

        • Amde

          Selam Abraham

          It was announced yesterday that he will be.

          Amde

          • Abraham H.

            Thanks for the info, Amde

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam abraham
          I can guaranty u the dom will go peacefully as far as the people of addis concerned but i heard there will be 100000s people will come from out side of addis.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Teddy; you said “I can guaranty u the dom will go peacefully.” really Teddy? if Ercha, a peaceful religious gathering can go horribly how can you guarantee a political gathering to go peaceful? I hope it goes well but they are taking unnecessary risk, in my opinion.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Nitricc
            I said as far as people of addis concerned, i know the 100000s people will have a problem at least with edna mall and axum hotel .

        • Peace!

          Hi Abraham,

          Just curious how significant will it be if few people tried to sabotage the demo? Few months ago the country was on the verge of collapse, and today, majority are united and determined to save the country. The facts rather progress speaks for itself. I honestly see no major concern other than a bright future.

          Peace!

      • Paulos

        Selam Amde,

        There are people who are craving to see the country fall apart. And I really hope the people realize that there is no winner in civil war. I really hope.

        • Amde

          Selam Paulos,

          I really would like to know what leads you to that conclusion.

          I can understand a thought process that says, “There are people that want to see EPRDF fail. They mistakenly believe that will solve whatever they think is what ails the country. But what they don’t realize is that a failure of EPRDF means the country break apart.”

          But I honestly do not see any major internal player that WANTS the country to fall apart. More of the perrenial struggle to be top of the political heap. And at this point, I don’t see anyone who might have the combination of both the desire and realistic chance of doing so. Oromos don’t. Ethio-Somalis might say so in the abstract, but not now. The Southern region is more likely to splinter into smaller killils. Tigray won’t – TPLF might bluster but it won’t.

          What is the basis for threatening Civil War? Unless it is simply tantrum from the loss of privilege. And TPLF must know a day will come eventually that their footprint in the federal government and access to finances will start getting close to the Tigrayan population’s footprint. It just so happens this day arrived much sooner than expected.

          We could have trouble from mis-management of the changes. That requires wisdom I agree. But we have travelled a loong way from existential threat we were in just three months ago.

          We will be fine.

          (I think)

          Amde

          • Nitricc

            Hi Amde: i agree the country seems to go on the right path but when there to diametric governments are at play; simply could be misleading, even a clam before a storm. Don’t undermined a wounded and cornered dog. No doubt PMAA is loved by all most all Ethiopians and i see no need for rally in support of him, he is already loved and supported then what the point of the gathering? if it goes well means nothing but if something goes wrong, well catastrophic.
            Don’t get intoxicated by current events, think smart because your adversary are beyond scale. so, i see where Aman-H and P are coming. I hope and pray it goes well so your brave PM can end my country’s misery. That is all i care.

          • Paulos

            Selam Amde,

            The glaring fact of Ethiopian politics is ethnicity—ethnic based politics. The cohesive factor that is holding EPRDF together could be ideology as in revolutionary democracy but at the end of the day, it is about biology and immediate ethnic group. And it makes it incredibly vulnerable where instead of healthy competition, jealousy can kick in as it seems to be apparent the attitude of certain people toward certain people.

            Enter Isaias Afwerki: The young PM is a late comer who knows or knows of Isaias through TV interviews or perhaps reading about him. The fact of the matter is, Isaias is coming to Ethiopia with the baggage of old grudges and vengeance. And he would do anything, to have a pay back moment. The young PM is looking into the future and Isaias is looking into the past. That is precisely the difference between them.

            Isaias can only be in synch with the young PM when he sees TPLF is completely out. That is the danger cringing to the bone not as you have wrongly assumed loss of privileges.

          • Amde

            Selam Paulos,

            I feel ethnicity is natural but politicization of ethnicity is artificial. I do not think Ethiopia’s society is overly ethnicized. Its politics is overly ethnicized by design.

            Objectively speaking, we do not know actually just what proportion of the population wants politics primarily along ethnic lines. We have not had a free election since 2005 precisely because the elections that for a large chunk of the electorate, the “ethnicity is be-all and end-all of Ethiopian politics” was just dogma in the minds of the powers that be which was not supported by the objective facts. That was 13 years ago, and we won’t know until the next election what the numbers are. But one of the reasons Dr. Abiy is popular is precisely because he is moving away from ethnicity. An Oromo man has a mantra of መድደመር and people love it. He has, on a number of occasions (so it is no slip of tongue) said his government will do a serious study and possible reform of the states formed around languages. If we are to believe EPRDF’s orthodoxy, these are both anathema and supposedly counter to popular opinion. But the public sentiment is otherwise.

            The Isayyas caution is real and I agree. It still does not make sense to me, but TPLF says they blessed “it” whatever “it” is. So, we will see.

            Your last statement though “…
            when he sees TPLF is completely out. …” makes me wonder. Is it real that TPLF is completely out? I am thinking Abiy has support within a (possibly younger) section of TPLF that wants reform.

            Amde

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Sir Amde,

            My eyes stuck to this statement: “More of the perrenial struggle to be top of the political heap.” That is what exactly Dr. Debretsion in his tigrina (I think Radio Mekele) interviews had hinted about it. There was individuals in the EPRDF meeting, that instead addressing the shortcoming and come with solution to it, they were trying to use the problem as a leverage, to reach “the political heap” to use your own phrase. That in itself is a concern. I think Dr Abiy is pushed to the top, as moderate within the coalition, in the pull-push election of the head of state.

          • Amde

            Selam Gash Amanuel,

            Your Dr. Debretsion comment solidifies my feeling that he is part of the reformist camp that supports Dr. Abiy. So, it appears Abiy was the compromise candidate who also proved popular with the public.

            The big question then is whether “the individuals” that are having a hard time are powerful enough and enraged enough to spark civil war, and whether they are willing to do Isayyas’ bidding to do it?

            I suspect they are crazy enough and motivated enough, but not that large a faction.

            So.. they can spoil things but ultimately cannot change things.

            Amde

          • Alex

            Hi Amde,
            I completely agree with you in that I don’t see anything happening tomorrow that could affect the country negatively . If I understand it correctly the purpose of demonstration is to give full support to the change leader PMAA that majority of Ethiopian people are with him.

          • Selam Amde,

            Because tplf has fallen from the top of the political heap, it does not mean that there are others who are ready to ascend to the throne, unless tplf wants it back.

            The alignment of the ethiopian political forces and the fact that we live in a post cold war period do not support the existence of armed factions of any sort that are going to survive and thrive as in the 60s and 70s. Armed factions that may destabilize ethiopia without putting in danger their own very existence do not exist.

            The change came because opdo and andm found a common ground against tplf’s totalitarianism, the diaspora and the opposition forces included are jumping on the pm Abiy’s bandwagon one after the other, the somalis and southern nations and nationalities will go with the majority. If anybody, it is tplf that will find itself between a rock and a hard place, if it goes against the tide.

            Therefore, peace, reconciliation and the implementation of democracy that is missing is the only way for all. Ethiopians should not worry, but work hard for democracy and economic development that will benefit all ethiopians.

            On top of this, at least the west does not want ethiopia to fall apart. They want a strong ethiopia in the horn that will stabilize the region politically and economically.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Abi,

    I hate scaring tactics. I am just worried the evil man and his party will go in to your politics to play his game.

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam Amanuel Hidrat,

      I do understand what you are saying. The constant flow of information is such that one is not sure how much is in the mix of real and concocted.
      We are where we are now. I don’t think we are in a bad place as some commentators are suggesting. At the same time I don’t think we are in a good place either.

      Things that make me pause and pay careful attention of recent events:

      a) PIA is embracing PMAA, good lord why?

      b) Suddenly UAE and KSA are “investing” Billions in Ethiopia, I said Billions.

      c) PMAA himself explained the advisability of privatizing Ethiopian Airlines, Telecom. etc . In such a short time did he listen to all sides or just accepted the recommendations that was out there by some strong advocates.

      d) Some Awate commentators who made a career out of hoping for civil war in Ethiopia are praising PMAA. What are they seeing and smelling?
      Some of these some. are piling on TPLF seeking their pound of flesh, Isn’t it TPLF 1/4 of EPRDF, PMAA?

      BTW: What does it mean to an Eritrean opposition, who are jumping up and down for joy, when PIA and PMAA meet and fall in love? I presume, like all people in love, they will try to make each other happy. Does that make the opposition happy?

      Mr. K.H

      • Paulos

        Selam Ato Kim Hanna,

        People are hoping that the young PM will influence Isaias to make amends in Eritrea. More over, if you read the wording PFDJ crooks using, it reflects as if the reason they accepted the peace initiative is to stabilize Ethiopia. As if not only they hold the key but the young PM is their own making.

        As you have aptly put it, the fall of TPLF is the fall of the young PM as well. By the same token, the success of the young PM is the success of TPLF as well. Now, what I don’t understand is, whose game is over and whose game is still on?

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam Paulos,

          As you know PIA and co. always like to talk in grand political terms in which he is one of the players.
          Even the war of 1998-2000 was instigated and conducted by the sole super power, USA using “woyane” mercenaries.
          (for what purpose one might ask?…..that is an irrelevant question in our time.)

          If PMAA is worth his PHD, he might massage that grand, Trump size ego of PIA, and save the Irob people and their land in the process. That is my hope, at this point. For all I know, PMAA could be the 2nd coming of Meles to move Ethiopia to leap forward another 20 years or so. PMAA is dealing with a set of complex problems that require, intellect, patience, luck and judgement. I hope again he has all that.

          PIA can announce the agreement at the U.N that he accepted the agreement’s terms and conditions primarily in the interest of the unity of the Ethiopian people.
          In addition, he will declare that he will work with IGAD to stop the problem of migration in the coming years.

          The rest is….. let the dogs bark as the camels march.

          Mr. K.H

      • Nitricc

        Hey KIM: let me answer one question of yours that got my attention.
        ) PIA is embracing PMAA, good lord why?
        What PMAA did was nothing different what PMMZ and PMDH have been asking for the last 17 years the only different this time is, I believe not only UAE and US offered PIA can’t refuse but i believe PIA must have been looking the way out. When UAE, Soudis and the US came swinging, he simply has grab the opportunity by the its horn. If, like you mentioned UAE and Saudi Can give billions for Ethiopia can you imagine what they must offered for PIA to agree? hint; when Israel offred 3K per refugee to get rid of the Eritrean refugee, almost every african countries were during the offer while PIA demanded 50K per refugee. what tells me is how PIA is ruthless and fearless negotiator he is. So, I do believe PIA is paid gainfully to the point he can’t refuse. He killed two buring issues with one crack.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Kim,

        Our despot had said that he is more concerned about unity of Ethiopia than the border, as if he was not saying “leave our land” without talking with his counterpart. Really Ethiopians will take his words? I hope they will not be fooled again.

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam aman h
          PIA said ” he is more concerned more about unity of ethiopia than the border” i wish am eritrean, i know he is speaking diplomatic language but i still wish am eritrean. U know.

  • Safaee Michael Binieam

    Selam Abi

    Prof. Amanuels warning is not with out merit the scare is real if the current trend presists. Honestly the thought of demonstrations at this time is very off putting. Law and order first.
    https://mereja.com/amharic/v2/24684

  • Amde

    Aቢቲ

    There is this guy Natnael Mekonnen on Twitter calling on every Addis neighborhood for tomorrow. He then has this “ማርገዣ ችሎት ጉቶ ሜዳ ነገ እንዴት ነው ይሰማል?”

    Where the hell is ማርገዣ ችሎት? Lol…

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear all,
    Nationalists are fine but nationalism is not. The latter is a heartless horse a true monster mounts on to ride with a possibility of growing upto barying versions of fascism. The true nationalists’ priority and care are for citizens’ interests.

  • saay7

    @george, selamat:

    Not mind reading, just assuming he is a smart man: As chief of staff of Ethiopia’s National Defense Forces, Samora Younis (TPLF) is replaced by Seare Mekonnen (TPLF), the guy previously in charge of Ethiopia’s northern command bordering Eritrea. A man who will most likely be part of the Ethiopian delegation when there is high level negotiation.

    Meanwhile, Eritrea’s #Me-Too Movement hasn’t gotten the message and is still discussing demarcation and final and binding. The leader of the #MeToo Movement, Ambassador Andeberhan, will be on one of the Paltalks to discuss demarcation, final-and-binding this weekend:)

    That’s why.

    saay

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam George,

    What happened the “we will not talk with Ethiopia until they leave our land”, the position you had few days ago? I was expecting you to react against the king of Eritrea when he decided to send his team to Ethiopia. Isn’t talking in a round table is the position of the Ethiopian Government? At least your position as a citizen was “not to sit for a talk” with them before they leave our land. You still believe the current PM is the product of EPRDF which is true by the way. I miss your voice when the despot decided to send his team to Addis.

    Regards

  • Berhe Y

    Hi George,

    No I am not clue less about Eritrea. Last time you asked me similar question and gave you my reply but you disappeared.

    Let’s leave the TPLF, Ethiopia and PFDJ alone and focus on our people and government.

    I want to see Eritreans to smell the air of freedom in their own country, at least to the equivalent of the Ethiopian people.

    Then I can change my mind about IA and my country.

    Berhe

    • @george

      Dear Berhe

      With all due respect last time he gave me a non-answer answer. You have learned the thing go to from the master of shiftiness, SAAY, by the way I’m saying this was all the love in the world. Moderator please do not kick me out. Anyhow, you said leave Ethiopia and tplf alone and focusing our people. Just in case you forgot, Ethiopia have 200,000 soldiers posted on our border. Not too long ago they where trying to invade us. And I have made a couple of military pacts in the past few weeks. They have renege on agreement they made in front of international Community. What do you think we should be doing? Pretend like nothing happens hope there will not invade us. You all the WikiLeaks gossiping between Ethiopia United States and its European allies about Eritrea. how they are hoping Eritrea will implode from inside. Or did you just forget what happened to Syria and syrians. That’s why I keep telling you you know very little about politics or you are absolutely so blinded was hate Eritrean president you just about able to forget everything that happened to every friend that passed 16 years. All glitter Is Not Gold. Ethiopian president made some changes that he had to he had no option because the country was about to implode. And these countries under the command of the American government. And have been for the last 60 years. This changes that we witnessing in Ethiopia is partly as a result of Eritrean smart move. Don’t you forget that.

      • Berhe Y

        Dear George,

        No, you are master of deflecting the real issue and focus on non issue.

        First let’s stop with “you know very little about Eritrea” you keep repeating. I have been on this Eritrea politics at least for 20 years without missing a week without reading news related to Eritrea.

        I don’t know how old you are, but you were probably in your diapers.

        Let’s agree the threat you cited is real. So why should the ERITREAN government take on the defenceless people.

        US, TPLF, CIA, the UN, EU or who ever, you call them your enemies so why are you surprised that your enemies try to topple you? Why do you expect anything good to come out from them?

        Amtso Amtso nMaEtso? Is that why IA takes all his rage against his own people?

        Now it’s my turn to call you that you actually have no knowledge about Eritrean politics.

        Please listen to Haile Woldentsae Duru speech in Germany. He got all the answer to the threat coming from our “enemies”.

        In short he said, the only way to fight Ethiopia and others threat is to be a democratic and law abiding country for our people.

        If you want to continue this conservation, then please listen to the video.

        What has era ero, the arrest of the G15, the journalist have to do with the threat. And for how long? Do you in normal circumstances find any justification for the imhumane treatment of those people and others.

        You want me to just forget IA did that and they deserve to be erased from the face of the earth because of a coward leader?

        I want to see this guy gets the same faith. Then I will forget about him.

        Berhe

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Ethiopia’s Northern Military Command must not delay withdrawal orders for this would certainly weaken PM Abiy’s power legitimacy; this should not be underestimated. PM Abiy at this stage simply does not have a true power base to force the Northern Military Command, though both internal and external pressure would ultimately force compliance. Problematic or late, is the increased activity of Gebru Asrat and Arena in their attempts to inflame Tigray’s population, notably those in effected border villages, to jointly mobilize reactionary protest.

  • Abraham H.

    Selam Ethiopians, as you might be following closely, the situation in your country is looking quite ugly, and there are chances that you might be heading towards a destructive civil war if the devide between tplf/Tigrai and Oromia/Amhara gets wider and continues unchecked. You should avoid being exploited and divided by one of the worst dictators in the world-DIA; you are way bigger and more important than the thug leader DIA, and should never allow him to mess with your internal affairs. DIA has not done a single favor to “his” own people let alone to the Ethiopian people. Just a small advice from someone who doesn’t want Ethiopia to be as the playground of the PFDj thugs and their mercenaries.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Abraham,

      I think you read it perfectly the intra-war between the alliances (front) that made the EPRDF party. The interviews of Dr Debretsion has many hints that you are trying to explain it. He has many complaining about the alliances diverting from the principles they agreed upon and acting without consultations to the members of the alliance. The minute EPRDF alliances split, the clouds of civil war will be hovering over Ethiopia, and the Federal system that hold them together as central government, will be shaken to scramble. There is no any organization that will be happy than PFDJ, if it happened, as they were working very hard, day in and day out by infiltrating in to them. So your warning is valid. The PM can not do any tangible thing without holding intact the EPRDF alliance. Organization is the key instrument in implementing the collective vision of the alliance, be it the PM or the rank and files of the organizations that run the nation. Severing the trust between the alliance has a consequence to the nation and its people.

      Caution is quintessential in the things he tries to do as PM, if the objective realities are not on the ground. He needs to slow down, he can’t go “all front change” b/c it will be difficult to control it and will lead the nation to chaos . Change one at time is saver. Focusing on the unity of the Federal states is paramount than any thing. He can’t do anything without the members of the front.

      • Berhe Y

        Dear Abreham and AH,

        I also read the interview of Dr. Debretsion with regards to the current events in Ethiopia as well as the response of Eritrea and PFDJ.

        To be honest, I did not come to the same conclusion as you two that indicate there is intera-war between an alliance. If any thing, I thought the interview of Dr. Debretsion was mature and quite re-assuring that, they (meaning EPRDF and TPLF) have build a true democratic system which is willing to lose power if the people chose to. He even said, yesterday was a leader from the South, today we have a leader from Oromo and tomorrow we may have a leader from Somali region. He even said, may be EPRDF will also lose power and another party will take over. Responding to IA Game-Over here is what he said:

        ‘ጌም ኦቨር’ዝበልዎ እታ ዓዲ ስለዘይተረድእዋ ከምዝኾነ ገሊፆም:: “ሕገ መንግስታዊ ስርዓት ዘለዎ: ኣብ መንጎ ፖለቲካዊ ውድባት ውድድር ዝግበረሉ ዓዲ እዩ:: ሕዚ እውን ነታ ሃገር ዝመርሕ ዘሎ ኢህወዴግ እዩ:: መን ዶ ቀይርዎ እዩ? ሎሚ ኦሮሞ ኮይኑ ኣሎ ቅድሚኡ ድማ ካብ ደቡብ ነይሩ::” ክብሉ ተዛሪቦም።

        “ፅባሕ እውን ሶማል ኢትዮጵያ ናብ ኢህውዴግ እንተኣትዩ ክመርሕ ይኽእል እዩ:: ስለዚ እዛ ዓዲ እዚኣስ ናይ ኩሉ እያ:: ኢህወዴግ ተዝሰዓር እኳስ ጌም ኦቨር ኣይበሃልን:: ስርዓት ሃኒፅና ኢና”

        In fact, I think TPLF under Dr. Debretsion needs to be given a lot of credit for allowing the change to happen and reading his interview, he is quite confident that the country is headed to the wrong direction.

        As to the disagreement with PMAA, if you call that disagreement, it’s just in approach (as in making decision public etc without full consultation) but in principle, TPLF too are in line with the decision of EPRDF. For example on the topic of peace with Eritrea, he said we agreed on it three years ago (may be it’s the engagement plan under PMHD that EPRDF was referring and was never made public).

        If there is a problem, I think it would be with the Oromo youth, lack of unemployment but I don’t think anything with TPLF.

        One thing I will urge people is, to please stop using terms of such as “civil war”. We really are under estimating the people of Ethiopia and their capacity to be rational. I am really, really impressed the average people in Tigray, in Addis and others when responding to issues that are complex, how mature and well thought they are and give it a lot of thought with less emotions but really rational.

        Ethiopia is on it’s path to real democracy, they have broken the cycle and there no looking back.

        Berhe

        • saay7

          Thanks Berhe:

          The interview is on cue to be watched this weekend; thanks for heads up!

          The “game over” thingie is something even Isaias doesn’t believe. But he knows the parrot constituency has to be fed a new slogan to replace “final and binding” and he picked one from the streets of the Arab Spring to suggest that (a) popular uprising new guys to power in Ethiopia and (b) they can be swept away unless they use his consultancy service. If this service requires moving 10,000 Eritrea youth to, say, the heart of Southern Ethiopia, he will do it and the parrot constituency will cheer that, too.

          saay

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Berhe,

          No one underestimate the tigrians how they handle issues when all the crying foul was/is against them. My point was anything that will be done by the executive without the consultation of the “alliance parties” will affect the unity of EPRDF. If these non consultation action continues it will cause a rift in the alliance. Any rift with the “alliance parties” will bring a negative consequences to the unity of the Federal system. Besides once PFDJ get access to the country it will expedite whatever disagreements might exist. This is what I have said. My point on the ifs scenario. If you disagree on the possibility scenario, then it is okay.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Emma,

            I totally agree with you. My point was, based on my reading, TPLF leadership is in full agreement with the “executive” and in support of the PM. Raising concern or disagreement in specific issue here and there is natural way of doing things in a democratic process and nothing that warrants total failure of the alliance.

            Berhe

          • Abraham H.

            Selam Aman, “Besides once PFDJ get access to the country it will expedite whatever disagreements might exist”, that is exactly what I was trying to bring the attention of the Ethiopians, someone here have said “everything that DIA touches turns to ash”. Ethiopians need to keep their country free from the contamination of the pfdj menace.

          • Hope

            Dear Abreham:
            Again,in what way ?

            It was the EPLF led by PIA that liberated Ethiopia and Ethiopians from the brutal Menghistu Regime
            -It was the same PIA,who advised the TPLF to avoid the ethnic based divisive Pseudo-Federal System

            -It was the same PIA that suggested a possible Ethio-Eritrea Integration of some sort.

            -It has been the same PFDJ behind the Oromo and Amhara Civil Disobedience in general and the Querro Revolution in particular directly or indirectly!

            -It was the same PIA,who defended Ethiopia’s Interest and jailed Eritreans,who protested for Eritrea’s best Interest!

            Your arguement would make sense if you are talking about PIA’s negative role on Eritrea and Eritreans.

            BTW:
            Why are you afraid of talking about the destructive role of the TPLF on both nations for the last 18 yrs,if I may ask??

        • Desbele

          Selam BY,
          It is very encouraging that your positivism derives from the people down in the street. I assume the voice of rural people is also more peaceful and simple. I wish there are responsible medias that echo their voice.
          All the bad mouthing and ego is with the so called elites barking in youtube and fb.

        • Tzigereda

          Selam Berhe,
          I think the intrerview ( Dr. Debretsion) Emma is mentioning (Emma, I hope I understood you ) is the one done 3 weeks ago ( Tigray Tv, 3 parts).

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Sis Tzigereda,

            Yes it is. Did you notice something?

        • Paulos

          Selam Berhino,

          Your great comment is worthy of an article on Awate’s main page. That is what I always say where people in this forum have absolutely no idea how the country works particularly those who keep hammering TPLF.

          Can you imagine the North Korean leader saying that it is the number one priority of his country to see stable US of A? And the reason he is sitting to negotiate is for that end and purpose? How pathetic can that be when PFDJ crooks are saying similar to that!

      • Paulos

        Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

        That is brilliant. Hope the young PM reads your comment.

      • Amde

        Selam Gash Amanuel,

        I understand the concern.

        But if we have been a republic of institutions for over twenty years now, and yet the country is at risk due to the mistrust between the members of the governing coalition, then that says more about the system and EPRDF than about the country.

        And the cure for that is straightforward:
        – Have a forward-looking inspiring national vision, than one looking at the redress of many many past grievances.
        – Temper down ethnicity as the basis of politics and administration.
        – Make the governing coalition of regionalist parties into a national party.

        Those seem to me to be Abiy’s directions, and if the rest of EPRDF is smart they will join him.

        Is he moving too fast? I think so on some things. The whole Eritrea thing was (and still is to my mind) unnecessary at this point. The Bronwyn piece sounds like a perfect sabotage soundbite from the PFDJ side.

        So on one hand we have a liberal and democratic opening (and thousands of happy families). On the other, we have an unhappy section of the ruling class. Will this section of the ruling class torch his progress and the country?

        Last week we saw the Shiferaw Shigute model of elite resistance, whereby he supposedly recruited rural Sidama to attack random Welayta in Hawasa city. If that is the kind of resistance they have in mind, then the sooner they are booted from the scene the better.

        We will see.

        Amde

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Sir Amde,

          To tell you frankly, I can’t go beyond what I have said in the Ethiopian politics. But let me say this logic: if there is the mistrusts between the parties that constitute the EPRDF coalition, it is the the reflection from your society to whom they are representing. As far as there is no single party that represent the whole Ethiopian people, and I am sure there will be no in the near future, then you have to be careful about the coalition. The existing parties represent only their ethnic constituency. I think I have to stop it here.

          • Amde

            Gash Amanuel,

            Just enjoy the show tomorrow.

            Amde

  • Taazabi

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  • AMAN

    Greetings All @Awate
    AMAN
    Also, what is wrong if we teach the young Gen.
    who always worship only the New school, Hip
    Hop and whatever is new without coonecting
    it to the past about the Old school and the
    geniuses and bravery of the old school Gen. ?
    I know it taxes and takes the time of fun when
    do learning some tough lessons of their previous
    Generation achievements and geniuses but it is
    also unavoidable and they must pass through it
    no matter how tough the lesson be if they want
    to cross to the other side or new the new age
    world. Life is dynamic and not static.
    So I felt I had the responsibility to teach these
    lessons to the new Generation about the genius
    and the courage of the old school and our old
    school world.

  • Amde

    Hello Awatistas,

    Well, if LeMonde is to be believed, the purpose of the team of 6 is not to negotiate on the border or anything like that, but to prepare for a symbolic visit of PM Abiy to Asmara. Thise with better French skills than I can correct me, but I think this paragraph is the meat of it.

    “La délégation érythréenne qui se rendra à Addis-Abeba ne va ni faire la paix, ni délimiter la frontière. Elle aura pour mission de préparer le voyage hautement symbolique du premier ministre, Abiy Ahmed, à Asmara. Ensuite seulement pourront avoir lieu des gestes concrets, comme le retrait des troupes éthiopiennes de Badmé, le village où la guerre avait commencé, devenu point émotionnel national et qui doit être, selon les conclusions de la commission frontalière, concédé à l’Erythrée.”

    What was it that our fabulous sister Abrehet suggested as an opening line for his speech in Asmara?

    Amde

    • Abrehet Yosief

      Selam Amde,
      Here it is, ዘይበኣሱ መላእኽቲ ዘይተዓረቑ ኣጋንንቲ. However, while he may have almost conquered the ዓ sound, it will be impossible to say ቑ. What worries most is, unless they fly him directly to Adi Halo, the poor youth will have to start painting the walls on the main roads. ኩሉ ወዮ said Ustaaz SGJ.

      • Amde

        Selam Abrehet,

        Let’s hope his sense of ዓ does not besmirch the crowd’s sense of awe, and the አደታት sense of እዋይ.

        If this news is correct, Berhe may be on to something. The deal is probably already cooked and el presidente cannot wait to get to the Emirates payday.

        Some Ethiopians are starting to hope PMAA will fly back with Ethiopian POWs however many that may still be alive.

        What a time to be alive.

        Amde

    • Paulos

      Amde,

      Where is Hailat?

    • Peace!

      Hi Amde,

      Well to just break the ice, I would first get close to DIA’s ear and whisper -Dud that Game-Over was for real, pwuhh snif snif.. then after he cleared his throat, he should go for stern warning- look dud without Eritrean people on board, we all are going to lose. Now get your s**t together: implement the constitution, end slavery, release all prisoners, and form an inclusive (transitional) government immediately. To the people of Eritrean just repeat what has been saying for the last a couple of month that help him win the hearts and minds of majority Ethiopians.

      Peace!

      • Amde

        Selam Peace!

        (Couldn’t resist)

        Do you think the game over rhetoric is helpful? I love Abiy and everything, but TPLF is still part of the government, and there are a lot of people that say Abiy is supported by a strong reformist faction within TPLF.

        But, unleashing an Abiy that said the government’s use of torture is a terrorist act, cannot possibly be unleashed unfettered on the long suffering Eritrean masses.

        Abiy’s charm is an existential threat to the PFDJ order.

        It would be a hell of a show though if he were to speak unfettered to Asmarans from the national stadium.

        Amde

        • Paulos

          Selam Amde,

          I wouldn’t be surprised if Isaias claims a credit for bringing the young PM to power. “Mission Accomplished” speech and now we embark on a new chapter is the narrative that is selling hot in the PFDJ land.

          For the plot to stay alive, Isaias has to stick with the “Game Over” so that the last 20 years was not in vain. In fact, he will present a case that, if Eritrea has lost a generation in the deserts and high seas, it was a collateral damage that had to be paid so that the Weyanes will be out and over. Not only that, the icing on the cake was the ascension to power of the young PM. Very true, Isaias is the kind of person who can sell “Cloud Insurance” to people.

        • Peace!

          Selam Amde,

          Well it depends whom you deal with. DIA likes to work with people who praise or even worship him 24/7 I doubt that can be changed overnight. The reason why he is still in power is a good hint for the good Dr to prepare himself and get the job done.

          Peace!

        • halafi mengedi

          Amde,

          Asmarans as your choice of demonym is interesting. You would say Asmarinos if you want to make them happy or Asmathic if you want to make them angry. I guess Asmarans is fine as neutral.

          You know, one thing that can derail the whole thing is if IA realizes AAA is more popular than him with Eritreans.

          Hm

          • Amde

            Selam hm,

            I never thought about the Asmarinos and Asmathics thing before. It is funny.

            Your “You know, one thing that can derail the whole thing is if IA realizes AAA is more popular than him with Eritreans.” line is quite intriguing though. Do you think Eritreans within Eritrea know enough of Abiy Ahmed to make such a judgement and do you think on balance that he is more popular than Isayyas? I met an Eritrean lady this past weekend who referred to him as “Abiy Shikor” so he has made some headway among the Eritrean diaspora.

            Amde

          • halafi mengedi

            Amde,

            My cousins in Asmara definitely know about him. Based on activities on fb, pretty sure the youth also know of him. I am not sure about the general pop.

            I wouldn’t be surprised if AAA becomes only the 2nd non-eritrean person to have a falk song made for him. The first one was Semir Sambar.

            Hm

          • saay7

            Halafi Mengedi:

            The 2nd non Eritreans for whom Eritreans have folk songs? Not even close. In my generation, there was a folk song about Israel’s Aba Eban which went something like this:

            Aba Eban
            Aba Eban
            Aba Ebanye!

            Something
            Something
            Somethingye!

            (Sorry, its been too long)

            The generation before mine had one about Patrice Lumumba…. Am sure there were a few for Haile Selasse.

            saay

          • halafi mengedi

            Saay,

            My bad, I was thinking of the post 91 era.

            Hm

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Amde,

            I am pretty sure PMAA is more popular than IA. I was speaking with someone who came from Asmara a couple of weeks ago. He told me the whole city watches Ethiopian satellite channel and talk about Ethiopia and Aboy and nothing else. They are everything.

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            U mean ebc/etv or esat?
            And u mean Abiy or aboy?

          • Nitricc

            Hi Teddy, hahahaha, Ethiopia just joined after the UAE visit the arab satellite stations, so people in Asmara can’t watch ETV on satellite. but give our Berhe his time he needs it. He is distraught by PIA accepting the peace proposal.lol. So, forgive him

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Nitricc
            I know, they don’t know what they talking about. Full of stress. I Don’t blame them.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Teodros,
            I don’t exactly which channel..I am assuming all, that are available via satellite.

            Yes I meant PMAA.

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam HM,

            I have never heard “Asmathic”. So Asmathic makes them angry to Asmarinos? New to my ears.

          • halafi mengedi

            Aman,

            Huh, I am surprised you haven’t heard about it. How about kerenite v keretsit?

            Hm

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Dr Paulos & HM,

            HM – Again, I don’t know “keretsit” either. I wouldn’t be surprised of not knowing of krrenite’s talk, for I haven’t seen the town itself. But I was always in and out in Asmara though I do not know it like the Asmarinos who grew in the city. By the way, I like your inputs in the current debate. Keep up.

            Doctore, you are Asmarinos who grew in the city. Your knowledge of the city and its inhabitant is impressive. Your talks is Asmarinos talk. How could you miss it?

          • halafi mengedi

            Aman,

            Thanks. I first heard of this banter terms in maetot when I was in high school (summer students’ campaign). I guess they are not as well known as I thought.

            Hm

          • Berhe Y

            Dear hm,

            I never heard of Asmatic either. My guess is it’s something that come an zemen HGDF.

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam HM,

            I never thought you are from our young generation. I had the impression that you are from the ghedli generation. Good to to have you in the Awate forum. We need the engagement of our young generation to determine the fate of our nation.

          • halafi mengedi

            Aman,

            Thank you! There are many more knowledgeable and articulate young Eritreans out there. My wish is to see them in this wonderful forum.

            Hm

          • Paulos

            Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

            I suspect the word came to life after I left. I wouldn’t have missed it if it started to kick in in my growing up years. I miss Asmara. I miss the crisp Pizza from Bar Royal. I miss the no match Capuccino from Bar Comercio…….

          • Paulos

            Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

            Never heard of that either. Of interest, Jimma has one of the highest Asthma cases in the world. And not sure if that is the case with the moniker about Asmara or Asmarinos for both cities are on the same above sea level.

      • Mitiku Melesse

        Hei Peace.

        His blood brothers and sisters south of the Mereb are also dumbfounded because of the sudden warning of stopping the woyanes cow milk called no peace no war every thing for Tigray and Tigrians. Their greatest economical policy and success were creating war between Ethiopians an Eritreans and the way to peace is only the narrow road through Tigray and only Tigrians can open the door for the peace and the price for opning the door is as expensive as loosing all what they own for the Tigra first policy; all Ethnic groups are enemies with one another except they have a ‘warm r relaitonshiop with the ‘tigray liberators’. Any relationship we or Eritreans have must have Tigray first policy as its guide line or else it would boycotted by ‘almighty’ Tigrians.

        But what was making Tigians so powerful. The art of making all the nieghbours hate each other to the point they want to wipe out one another from the face of the Earth. But now all the neighbors know we have only one enemy and that is Tigray first and the rest shall go to hell policy.

        It is one thing to loose such inhuman way of getting wealth but the shame has not only an impact on Tigray people but it has also a psychological negagtive impact for tgrians in the future if they are planing to live out of their border. The Ne PM is breaking the hate and war among Ethiopains one by one and now the last but the important hate among Eritrans and Ethiopai will be broken. What happens to Tigray first policy and the policy makers.

        • Peace!

          Hi MM,

          በጣም ያሳዝናል What’s even ironic and shameful was the nonsense stubbornness as if ruling through malicious deception were sustainable forever. Erecting divisive statues and dispatching secret security apparatuses to silence decent and instigate conflicts was the primary business of TPLF and its elites, but ostensibly, such evil not only failed to help solidify its power, but pushed to bury itself in a deep hole. There is nothing worse than when high school students refer you as ተራራ የሚያንቀጠቅጥ ትውልድ ሳይሆን ተራራ የሚሰርቅ ትውልድ ነው because it was too aggressive to the extent redrawing maps and misleading students. The degree of deception was so sickening that its negative impact might linger for some time, but hopefully with genuine forgiveness and healing it diminishes overtime.

          The obvious lesson here is the region is too diversified for one group to fool around be it any ethnic group: the region has enough resources with huge market for everyone. Let’s just hope the madness stops once forever.

          Peace!

    • saay7

      Selamat Amde:

      Yeah, the Le Monde story is credible to me: I would give it 75% chance of being true. If it’s written by Peninou, you can be 100% sure it is true. And that makes sense: technical people, then FM, then head of government.

      I was convinced that this whole thing was cooked in UAE, with US presence. I was 75% sure of that. Now I am 100% sure.

      On our end, in Eritrea, our demands remain the same: it is the first thing that PM Abiye did to win me over: release political prisoners, step 1. Then find an Abiye for Eritrea: some person, preferrably woman, in her 40s so that the alligators (the PFDJ grey hairs) can retire and tell their Tebeq stories to each other while downing drinks.

      saay

      • ‘Gheteb

        Cuz SAAY:

        ” I was convinced that this whole thing was cooked in UAE, with US presence. I was 75% sure of that. Now I am 100% sure”.

        Not only you are sure of the locale where the whole enchilada was cooked, but now you have absolutely no shred of doubt about it. Hey, a 100% SURETY leaves no room for a doubt whatsoever.

        Can you say a bit more to show why you are so, so sure.

        Mind you that you have been sayin that the PFDJ was going to ask for compensation before demarcation. Remember the gotcha moment about Elias Amare’s Tweet and how it was going to end up in Asmelash’s editorial.

        Now, how does all this jive with what you are claiming to have been cooking in the UAE Royal Kitchen?

        • saay7

          Hey Cuz Gheteb:

          Ah, I like summer time: Gheteb shows up in time to set things straight:)

          1. Let’s start with the Eri-TV editorial and I don’t think it was Asmelash. And you got it backwards: the editorial preceded the tweet. The editorial, for which I gave a link (but I would happy to give my cuz the minute mark) said “now was the time for Ethiopia to show boldness and to console (ምድባስ) the people.” Consolation can be kind words or financial. And you know what IA prefers. So, when Elias Amare, a person who doesn’t deviate an inch from PFDJ talking point and dogma (“Eritreanism”?) said Ethiopia needs to pay damages in the millions (with interest) to Eritrea, I connected the dots. The editorials (3 of them in 30 days, more frequent and much longer than usual) were for Isaias Afwerki to tell the flock that what he forecast would happen happened. One makes a great prophet when predicting what happened yesterday.

          How does this jive with UAE’s Royal Kitchen? 🙂 Well, if Abiye’s Ethiopia (which doesn’t even have soldiers in Yemen or offering any assistance for that unholy mission) got 3 billion, how much “consolation” do you think UAE gave Eritrea? I am betting it is enough for Isaias to abandon his “Demarcation Now! Dialogue Later (Maybe)” position. The new position is “Dialogue Gauge Current Developments Directly and in Depth Now! Demarcation Later (Maybe)” That is a lot of dinars.

          2. I could tell you why I am sure about the kitchen but, you know, sources and methods?:) Besides, you know Yemane, Osman Saleh and a Junior are in Washington DC now. Why? Because a cabbie and a maid at a hotel saw them.

          I am glad we had this mutual gauging of current developments directly and in depth, cuz.

          saay

          • ‘Gheteb

            Cuz SAAY:

            Though not the infos I was looking for, I think I kind of got a whiff of your drift. The 3 billion UAE largesse to Ethiopia should also be seen within the UAE/KSA and Qatar rivalry in the Horn region and not merely pigeonholed in the Ethio-Eritrean context.

            Yeah, what does the UAE Royal Kitchen got to do with The Foggy Bottoms cookhouse or canteen? Are they (Yemane, Osman Saleh) warming up the leftovers of what was cooked in the UAE Royal Kitchen?

            BTW, you can rest the cabbie/maid claim as you have confirmation about the Yemane/Osman Saleh tour to America, from a source close to “the horses mouth”, so to speak.

            ” Hagerawi Dihnet – ሃገራዊ ድሕነት፡
            3 hours ago
            ላዕለዋይ ልኡኽ መንግስቲ ኤርትራ ካብ ዝሓለፈ መወዳእታ ሰሙን ጀሚሩ ኣብ ኣሜሪካ ዑደት የካይድ ኣሎ!”

            I see a cart put before the horse. Disagree?

          • saay7

            Hala Cuz Gheteb:

            Ah, hagherawi Dhnet. He is a great improvement from the awkward times when Shabait used to quote officials “on background” (a government media outlet quoting government officials anonymously) and learned the art of leaking. But it is just as likely that he got the info from the hotel maid and the cabbie, no? And if he hadn’t said it, you wouldn’t have believed it if, say, a non-PFDJ media outlet relying on eyewitnesses reported it? In any event, they are in Washington DC and they can be there for any number of reasons which we don’t know. The point is: it is hush-hush because the official government media didn’t report it.

            Agree with your assessment on the UAE largesse to Ethiopia with the additional caveat that it is all co-ordinated with US of A.

            Ah, what does Foggy Bottom have to do with all this? I thought I gave my reasons:

            1. UAE coordinates with USA on everything;
            2. USA has a vital interest in the very crowded Red Sea (with everybody and his cousin now in Djibouti. Except for the recently unceremoniously evicted UAE.)
            3. USA policy (Trumpism) is based on reversing Obamaism: all Obama deals are bad (Iran nuclear deal, Cuba normalization, Trans-Pacific, Paris Climate Agreement) and all Obama enemies are good (Putin, Ruterte, Jong-Un, Isaias.)
            4. USA policy (Trumpism) is huge on showmanship: getting the US embassy employees freed (something Bush and Obama couldn’t do!) would be a triumph for MAGA.

            I am collecting 100,000 satoshis from Amde on a bet that Ethiopian troops will be out of Eritrean territories before May 2019. What do you want to bet, cuz, that all of what I itemized above (making Trump happy) happens before US November elections?

            saay

          • Amde

            Now Saay..

            Hold on .

            I think the pre-cooked nature of whatever is being delivered merits a discussion of scenarios.

            What if – as I highly suspect – Ethiopia leaves Badme in a public ceremony, but everywhere else, the lines stay kinda the same? Such as Irob stays Ethiopian. Would our bet still work? (The “Final and Binding” crowd would still be OK with it of course).

            Amde

            PS. If you have a competent attorney one can argue you may already have won the bet. I know a sharp guy who can persuasively plead your case for a mere መቶሺ ሳቶሺ… 🙂

          • saay7

            Ha Amde!

            Well, played sir, well played. I was planning to donate the 100,000 satoshi for a worthy cause anyway, like “how to un-wash your brain” for the cultists north and south of mereb.

            I agree with your assessment that, at the end of the day, that’s what should (and probably will) happen: accommodation of people. For a while, we will use every synonym for “dialogue” because IA is excellent at inventing parrot phrases (ሃናጺ ጽምዶ እየ ዝብሎ ኣነ) but if it gets everyone to think they won, so be it.

            saay

          • Selamat Pillar Amde and Admiral,

            Two of the FAB5. Precooked last year this time utilizing the backdoor for dialogue. Did I tell you two the lemon story… ah never mind. I have some wranglings with Denmarkino Professor Paulos Arkey regarding the derivation of the Metatron’s Cube and Zona Pellucida. And maybe Cuz Gheteb will partake if and only if he brings alonግ ዑዉር አውይይይ ዓይነ ስውር ዶ ክብል? iSEM. Time to set the UNESCO Kesela Talibs who went rough back on the straight and narrow.

            By the way Pillar Amde, How much is the retainer for the Moto Shi Satoshi…

            Stay tunner for draft day of the NEW FAB5 for the new season also.

            tSAtSE

          • Selam Amde,

            On top of what you said badme eritrean and irob ethiopian, what if the whole issue of demarcation is put in a freezer. Dia can do it without complaint from his side, and they tell us that peace and the economy have the main priority, and as long as the border is open and the local people can trade, they can postpone demarcation until may be it is forgotten altogether, provided tplf is circumvented and cornered and the people of tigray is not provoked to rally for tplf.

            Those who deafened us with they cannot sleep with eritrean land occupied by ethiopia, will be the ones getting the slap this time, if they continue the same song. I doubt they would dare for they have explanation for whatever dia does.

            Can addis decide for meqele in its absence without consensus from tplf and the people of tigray on an issue completely tigrayan, is what continues to provoke my curiosity, unless they are already for it and i am not aware it is a done deal from meqele’s side as well.

            I hope he is o.k., but it is a pity Fanti Ghana is not around at this crucial point in ethio-eritrean politics that concerns tigray and tplf, to tell us what tplf and the people of tigray think about the whole story. To me this is the piece that misses in the puzzle to explain this platonic love between ethiopia and eritrea that may remain in history.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam horizon, amde, abi and all narrow tplf supporters.
            Go to a facebook by welaita affair and u will see what kind of group and ideology u guys r supporting.
            Who is responsible for that?

          • ‘Gheteb

            Cuz SAAY:

            Thanks for the feedback. As usual very insightful, but missing the bone of contention here by a wide margin.

            We agree that both Osman Saleh and Yemane are conducting a tour here in the USA. However, I believe that they are in the USA not to discuss any other issues such as military/security base in Eritrean territories, but the mere restoration of diplomatic relation between Eritrea and America.

            Here, the first order of thing is the exchange of ambassadors between Eritrea and America. Without this first achieved and other issues being ironed out, it is a highly premature speculation that the Eritrean delegation to be tackling and talking about USA geostrategic posturing in the Red Sea at this stage. Way, way, too early.

            I believe that these issues are to be dealt with down the road in the FUTURE. I have attached the quote right out of the horse mouth below about how Eritrea will work with its partners to push or nudge the administration in the right direction.

            The operative phrase is: “ክንሰርሕ ኢና”

            ” ድልየቱን ክእለቱን ብንጹር ክንፈርድ ዘሀውኽ እኳ እንተዘይብልና፡ ብንጡፍ ክንጸምድ ብዝቐየስናዮ እስትራተጂያዊ ሕርያ፣ ብዘይቅድም ብይን (prejudge ከይገበርናን) ሰጋእ- መጋእ ከይበልናን፡ ምስ መሻርኽትና ተሓባቢርና፡ ነቲ ምምሕዳር ናብ’ቲ ቅኑዕ መኣዝን ክንድርኽ ክንሰርሕ ኢና። “

          • saay7

            Cuz Gheteb:

            I am enjoying this convo, and its not because you are my cousin but you reason well. You are a worthy adversary:)

            You said, “[t]he operative phrase is: “ክንሰርሕ ኢና”. Yes, that’s what appears in the printed copies of his address–my guess is his speech is submitted to his media for publication prior to his speech. But like all public speakers, he improvised and this is how: he added “ወይ ንሰርሕ ኣለና.” “We will” became “we are.”

            So you may want to look closely at the horse’s mouth. And not just to count its teeth.

            Moreover, you describe a process that would apply to regular governments and the PFDJ is anything but. IA and only IA holds the entire portfolio which is then parceled out to whoever is on the trusted or defrosted list. Each of the people on the mission are compartmentalized: one doesn’t know what the other is doing. And some issues are not delegated at all: he and only he deals with them. So, the military-to-military negotiation (military base in Eritrea) is done by him; money is done by Hagos Kisha (with a short leash where he has to get signatures from IA on anything that exceeds petty cash); the two Yemanes deal with diplomats (the stuff that bores Isaias), and the Wedi Kassas deal with political prisoners.

            So I didn’t say the Yemanes (with decorative piece Osman Saleh) are actually in the US negotiating military bases (that is IA portfolio and its in the past tense.) I am saying their role is on the normalization with US, with some other delegation (unknown to the Yemanes) to work on normalization with Ethiopia.

            Of course, we don’t have a parliament to debate or ratify this, so we will wait for your favorite source, the “hagherawi dhnet” dude to leak it:)

            My bet is still on, if you want to take it.

            saay

          • Now inc

            ‘Gheteb,
            Here is the translation for the ክንሰርሕ ኢና speech
            ኣብዘን ዝሓለፋ ነዋሕቲ ዓመታት ብዝወስድናዮም ቀይዲ-በተኽ ናይ ተነጽሎ ተግባራት፣ ኣብ ከቢድ ጽምዋ ወዲቕና እገዳን ካልእ ማልእን ስለዘስዓበልና፤ ምእንቲ ርእሱውን እርጋን ኣርኪቡ ነዊሕ ግዜ ከምዘይብልና ተገንዚብና፣ ለውጢ እንተኾነና ኢልና ርክባት ጀሚርና ኣለና። እዚ ክንብል ከለና ግን እቲ መሰረታዊ ጉዳያት ከይቀየርና (ገሊኡስ ዋላ እንተደለና’ውን ክቕየር ዝኽእል ኣይኮነን -ንኣብነት ጉዳይ ምፍታሕ እሱራት ምስ ዝልዓል፣ እታ ዝበዝሐት ብሂወት የላን ሎሚ ስለዚ ክፍትሑ ኣይክእሉን)። ኮይኑ ግን ኣብቲ ነቓጽ፣ ደረቕን ተዓጻጻፍነት-ኣልቦን ኣቀራርባ ለውጥታት ጌርና፤ ልኡም ብዝኾነ መገዲ ጽምዶታት ክንገብር ንብገስ ኣለና።
            ብዘይካዚ’ውን ምምሕዳር ትራምፕ ኣብ ሰብኣዊ መሰላት ዘይጨቓጨቕ ምዃኑ፤ ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ዓበይቲ ለውጥታት ብቕጻሊ ይገሃዱሉ ኣብ ዘለዉ እዋን “እስኹምከ ለውጢ ኣይትገብሩን ዲኹም” ብዘስምዕ ግዳያት ምጥማት ጎቦ-ዓይኒ ንኸውን ስለዘለና፤ ከምኡ’ውን ኣልበሺር ብምሕንጋድ ዶባት ዓጽዩ ኣብ ትንፋስ ዘይህብ ኩነታት ስለዘእተወና ነዚ ተብግሶ ክንወስድ ደሪኹና ኣሎ።

          • saay7

            Now inc:

            First of all,😆😆😆

            Because of his phony swagger, people forget that this man is condemned for committing crimes against humanity on the Eritrean people. But he knows; and that is why he lives in the prison he has created. So I will say this for some who may be in the business of forwarding our conversation to their local PFDJ office:

            ብደረጃ ዞባና ክረአ ከሎ “መንግስቲ” ኤርትራ ወላ ብመዐቀኒ ናይ ኣፍርቃ ስርዓታት ኣብቲ ዝተሓተ ደረጃ ኢዩ ዘሎ። ፓርላማ ዘይብሉ፡ ስርዓት ዘይብሉ፡ ህዝቢ ናብ ዝደለዮ ዓዲ ኪኸይድ ዘይክእል፡ ህዝቢ ገዛእ ገንዘቡ ከውጽእ ዘይክእል፡ ምስ ህጻናት ክዋጋእ ዝውዕል፡ብዘይፍርዲ: ብዘይ ሕጋዊ መስርሕ: ንሳዲስት ባህርያቱ ንምዕጋብ ሰባት ዘሳቒ መራሒ ኣብ ኤርትራ ጥራይ ኢዩ ዘሎ።

            ንዓማጺ ሰላም ማለት ቅዋም: ቅዋም ማለት ተሓታትነት: ተሓታትነት ማለት ምብቃዕ እምሪ ስለዝኾነ: ንኣፉኳ “ምምልካት ዶብ”: “እገዳ!” እንተበለ: በቲ ንዓሰርተታት ዓመታት ዝፈጸሞ ገበን: ወይ ህድማ: ካብቲ ውጽዕ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ: ወይ ይቕረ ምሕታት ጥራይዩ ሕርያታቱ::

            saay

      • Semere Tesfai

        Selam Saay

        ” It is the first thing that PM Abiye did to win me over: release political prisoners, step 1. Then find an Abiye for Eritrea: some person, preferrably woman, in her 40s so that the alligators (the PFDJ grey hairs) can retire and tell their Tebeq stories to each other while downing drinks.”

        Is the story of the gray-haired ELFits a ጠበቕ story as well? Just asking?

        Semere Tesfai

        • saay7

          Selam Semere:

          Sure, but how do you retire from power when you never had it?

          saay

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Saay

            “Sure, but how do you retire from power when you never had it?”

            Why do you need to retire when you’ve accomplished nothing and your story is a ጠበቕ story?

            Semere Tesfai

          • saay7

            Selam Semere:

            Now you have lost me. The “Tebeq” story is shorthand for PFDJ taking back 2010 Eritrea to 1980s and imposing the Ghedli ethic of hardship on the young generation. If there are ELFites who want to do that, yep, they should retire too.

            saay

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Saay

            1. – “Now you have lost me.”

            Trust me, you’ve been lost for a while. Your haven’t made any rational argument for a long while.

            2. – The “Tebeq” story is shorthand for PFDJ taking back 2010 Eritrea to 1980s and imposing the Ghedli ethic of hardship on the young generation.”

            I know that is not what you meant. But that’s fine, let the readers be the judge. This is the argument you’ve been failing every single moment:

            A. – Any small nation is as peaceful, as stable, and as prosperous as regional and global powers want it to be. And Eritrea is no exception.

            B. – If the Woyanes regime change agenda on Eritrea is alive and well, if the Woyanes dominated Addis regime stated objective is to break Eritreas spine to have it its way, if the Woyane dominated Addis regime is hell bent to tank the Eritrean economy, if the Woyanes lined-up on the Eritrean border 300,000 of their best killer army with the objective to break Eritrea’s spine………. why in the world would “imposing the 1980 Ghedli ethic hardship” be wrong?

            IF WOYANES HATE OF ERITREA AND ERITREANS IS WITHOUT A LIMIT, HOW IN THE WORLD COULD THERE BE A LIMIT ON NATIONAL SERVICE?

            How could you defend a 900 km Ethio-Eritrean border with, say fifty thousand volunteer armed service personnel?

            Semere Tesfai

          • saay7

            Selamat Semere:

            Weren’t you telling us that IA has no reason to speak (in capital letters, I think) only a few days ago and now that he has, let me guess, what he said was perfect? 😂 It is best that we don’t try to read people’s minds about what they meant or their motives for why they say because you have given me enough clues to reach my own conclusions for why you say what you say here.

            A & B are tired arguments–part of the PFDJ narrative–of exporting all its failures on everybody else. I am very assured that if Isaias decides to extend indefinite national service, you will support it; if he says the reasons for maintaining it are gone, you will support that too. If he keeps prisons in jail indefinitely, you will support that or be mum about it; and if he releases them, you will applaud him. So notwithstanding all the shouting you do (writing in capital letters) you really have 0.0% moral authority on Eritrea, for which you attempt to substitute with flag-waving and slogans. On national service, at the end of the day, you don’t carry any burden for it because, let me take a wild guess here, the indefinite national service does not reach you or your children—except when you go on a visit. Find me a single Eritrean parent in Eritrea who considers indefinite national service necessary and I will be persuaded.

            saay

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Saay

            1. – “Weren’t you telling us that IA has no reason to speak (in capital letters, I think) only a few days ago and now that he has, let me guess, what he said was perfect?”

            I still believe first border then everything else. Unlike your Woyane (the guys you were eager to talk to) Dr. Abiy told the World community, ‘he accepted the EEBC border commision ruling unconditionally, and he is ready to implement it.’ And I don’t see the wisdom staying in his way when he is ‘walking the walk’.

            2. – “It is best that we don’t try to read people’s minds about what they meant or their motives for why they say because you have given me enough clues to reach my own conclusions for why you say what you say here.”

            I’m not trying to read your mind. I’m TELLING you the politics of us vs them is not going to do you any good. It doesn’t work. When you call the gray-haired PFDJits ALLIGATORS and their stories ጠበቕ stories (without qualifier), that is going to make you only defensive all the time.

            3. – ” On national service, at the end of the day, you don’t carry any burden for it because, let me take a wild guess here, the indefinite national service does not reach you or your children.”

            Still, as expected, you’re dancing in ጓል ዘረባ circle. You’re telling us National Service is slavery that has top stop, but as usual you don’t have an alternative idea as to how to defend the nation.

            As to my kids not serving their country: well, as a diehard opposition who’ve made his obsession trashing and ridiculing anything that is PFDJ, and as diehard opposition who works tirelessly to defeat PFDJ by any means aligning with any devil that hates the PFDJ regime:

            HAVE SEND YOUR KIDS TO FIGHT THE PFDJ REGIME?

            እሞ፡ ደቅያ መን ዳኣ ክሞቱልካ ደሊኻ? Don’t you think ከም ዓለሞም your kids should’ve ጠበቕ story?

            Semere Tesfai

          • saay7

            Aya Semere:

            The difference between us (opposition) and you (closet or out of closet PFDJ) is that whereas you, with your kids safely tucked away scream about the importance of other parents kids wasting away indefinitely (it’s always always always a Diaspora Eritrean parents who says that; never an Eritrean resident who says that); some of us in the opposition, me included, have never called pm other parents kids to raise arms and fight.

            Since National Service doesn’t exempt an Eritrean due to residence or even age, I think all you guys who hypocritically screech about it’s imperatice should take your kids with you to serve. Until then, it is your usual hollow words decorated and capitalized to compensate for their hollowness.

            By the way, read the article that Amde referenced. Let me guess: you support the new Isaias mission right? 😂 Aye enda hgdef: at least you get good excercise with all that flipping.

            Saay

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Saay

            1. – “Some of us in the opposition, me included, have never called pm other parents kids to raise arms and fight.”

            Now: sorry to say but that puts you squarely on my (Semere Tesfai’s) side of the isle – ‘a closet PFDJ isle’. Not good side to be!!!

            And I’m sure that position is not going to earn you an up vote from the usual corner – the ‘we’ve to reverse the De-Tigrignanization of Eritrea crowd, the advocates of nothing but RADICAL change and PFDJ should be outlawed weeded-out and cleansed from the face of Eritrea – crowd, the ethnic, the religious and regional warriors, and from the hardheaded Amara and Tigrean Neftegnoch who “care” so much about the suffering of Eritreans under the tyrant PFDJ regime – brand of Awatistas.

            2. – You told me and your readers, you’re for peaceful change from inside the country (Eritrea) – which is very smart wise and pragmatic position to take. And I appreciate that but, but, but……

            Still, if INDEFINITE National Service is slavery that is/was not needed in Eritrea, if the obligation of every Eritrean citizen to serve INDEFINITELY during the reign of Woyane was wrong………. and if the threat from the Woyane dominated Addis regime was REAL, then how do you defend the nation with few volunteer army and with no “SLAVERY” (Indefinite Obligation for Nation Service)?

            Sir, on this argument you’ve nothing but one of these three positions to take (a) to argue the Woyane threat was a hoax (not real) (b) to argue we should’ve trusted the Woyanes to do the right thing (c) to argue we should have thrown the towel and call it a quit.

            Which neither one of them are defensible, and which is uncharacteristic position to take for a person of your caliber.

            Semere Tesfai

          • saay7

            Selamat Semere:

            1. Not really. In case you missed it, the “by any means necessary” and “peaceful resistance” is someone that engaged and divided the Eritrean opposition for over a decade. And neither one of them are in the “Semere Tesfai side of the isle” (Hasha!) because we were, in the same breath, condemning the PFDJ’s lawlessness, crimes against humanity, war on the elderly and the children, as you cowered about that subject and remained mute. And still do.

            2. The three false choices you created are all part of the “Eritrean narrative.” I will say more about it in a longer format but the short version of it is: it celebrates lack of self-confidence (our ability to negotiate the best outcome for Eritrea) with a ready-made excuse: because the whole world is against us. I will make my case; and you are welcome to rebut it.

            saay

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi Semere,

            Could you send your daughter (the only child of yours I met in DC with you, few years ago) to the endless national service? Do not advocate for that when you can’t send your children. You know what it is when you don’t.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Amanuel

            “Could you send your daughter (the only child of yours I met in DC with you, few years ago) to the endless national service?”

            Aman: you’ve brought this up many times. Ok ባህ ይበልካ ብቕንዕና ክምልሰልካ፡
            For sure, I can’t make my daughter(kids) ቶ do anything that she doesn’t want to do. But I can tell you one thing: I’ve been discussing with her(’em) to serve her country and people sometime soon. And the answer never been NO. I hope I see her(’em) serving her people at Oreta sometime soon.

            That’s all I can say.

            Semere Tesfai

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Semere,

            Aha “Oreta” not the “endless one” but for limited period of time the diaspora YPFDJ students are doing. The truth of the matter is, we can’t force our kids to do what we want. If that is the case, we can’t insist other Eritrean kids with a dictating words “they must”, whether they are inside or outside to serve indefinite against their wills. That is the message I want to convey to you and your likes. Do not expect others to do when you don’t expect from your kids.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Aman-H; at least Semere-T send his child to Orota but where did you send your kids to serve their national military service? First of all there was no need for you to go personal aginst Semere-T family or child, then if you must, tell us where you send your kids?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Nitrickay,

            First they didn’t go yet. Second, it is him who is telling us that our young should go to endless national service (which I call it national slavery). Anything against your will and forced to do it, it is simply slavery. Third, you remember I did ask you the same question when you retorted the same like him. You gave me I will do it when I am ready. And you are not still ready, because no one will forced you to do against your will. Keep quit when you can’t face the fate of our young inside Eritrea and don’t be hypocrite.

          • saay7

            Selamat Emma:

            Here’s the morally indefensible position of the Eritrean Diaspora who having exempted themselves from a law, defend the necessity of a brutal law.

            The law (National Service Proclamation,) as written, does not exempt any Eritrean between the ages of 18 and 40. An Eritrean (citizenship proclamation) is anyone born to an Eritrean mother OR father; or acquired one by the rules of citizenship.

            The law also says that in cases of emergency it can be extended and the age limit can be expanded.

            There is nothing in the law that exempts anyone for living outside the United States.

            So, if all the fierce advocates of National Service believed in what they say, they would apply it to themselves and their loved ones. But they don’t. They have made a Faustian bargain with the PFDJ: in exchange for you not reminding us of our obligation to serve, we will uncritically support any and every cruel thing you do.

            Now, Emma, do you know a single Eritrean parent who lives in Eritrea who considers the indefinite national service as necessary? I don’t. Not one. And I know my fair share of Eritreans. What is that Peace wrote earlier? “Eritrea has become a country where a parent received 10,000 Nakfa for her martyred son, and has to pay a fine of 50,000 Nakfa when his son escaped the country his father liberated.” And it is this tragic reality that they defend or blame someone else–CIA, Weyane, America, Timbuktu–for its existence.

            saay

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Buddy,

            What can I say to this descriptive behavior of the hypocrites. I can only say, I can’t agree more. Well said brother. No parent inside Eritrea will support this slavery.

          • iSem

            Hi Sal:
            But you got to admire them in their ability survive the moral contradiction.
            . Eriteans inside not only that they do not like the indefinite NS, but to hasten it they flocked to NS to get it done, to complete their national obligations and they were proud, even after 200 they would have still flocked to it had it remained limited and we would be much better and Lampsuda and its sister may not have happened with the tragic scale

          • halafi mengedi

            Saay, Aman,

            Many times, my self and some of my friends and dekigezawtna, debate whether by leaving Eritrea, we contributed to the miserable situation back home (I am among the last ones to leave Eritrea from my batch at UoA). It feels like if about half of us (university grads and others) remained there, we could have forced something. And it is hard not to feel some kind of regret and guilt.

            But, then you see all these hypocrites and their phony nationalism and empty slogans. They help wash some of the guilt. And to make things even worse, MS, one of the people that admire a lot on this forum, in one of his latest articles, said that these hypocrites who never served the country are the future of Eritrea. On one hand it was really heartbreaking, especially coming from him. On the other hand, it remind of the thing that finally pushed me to leave Eritrea.

            hm

          • Nitricc

            Hey Aman-H my point is, we should leave out any family members out of this forum. We go at each other till cows come home but mentioning innocent people or family members to score a point is not cool. And i am not being hypocrite, if any you sound one. you have no moral authority to call out about a person who went Oreta to do their part while your loved once didn’t even do that. I hope you get my point.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear ST,

            If they do go, please let them do it, they will get a chance to:

            1) to help their people
            2) it will help them with their future
            3) they will get to witness first hand the hardship their people are in and will advocate for real change.
            4) then you will probably listen, how unfair and how retrarded the PFDJ are.

            But remember they will be treated like royalty while the same people in Eritrea will be treated like criminals.

            Berhe

          • Alex

            Hi Saay7&Semere,

            When it comes to the indefinite national service both your points are understandable. I have some reservation about the indefinite national service because of its indefinite nature unlike the one pre 1998 which was for a year and half. Based on unresolved border issue with Ethiopia it is hard to demobilize all the national service and stop the recruiting but it will have been better if the government shortened the service let say to 2-3 years so it does not tie the young on it for indefinite period. So I believe the model Israel use will be better in our situation in that in emergency or war situation you can recall the people who served in the national service rather keeping every body for indefinite period.

  • Paulos

    Selam My Good People,

    I suggest you read Debretsion’s extensive interview with BBC Tigrinya where he answered every question including Dr.Game-Over’s final nail on the coffin. I highly recommend!

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam paulos
      Who cares what debretsion has to say? The deal is between ethiopia(federal) and eritrea. What ever he say is irrelevant from the real deal.

      • Paulos

        Selam Tedros Alem,

        Smart people pay attention to details. And stupid people are like dry leaves as they get blown around by the wind. Isaias listens and reads what Debretsion has to say because he is not only smart but it matters to him as well. That is precisely the reason stupid people are always left behind. Pay attention!

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam paulos
          Yes u right and idiot people pay attention to irrelevant details.
          If debrestsion and tplf in general were smart they wouldn’t be left behind by everybody.
          Tplf lost everywhere except in irrelevant place.

          • Paulos

            Tedros,

            The punchline in “Fargo” is “Okay then.”

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam paulos
            I don’t know what “fargo” means , since u know it, u can take it to urself. For me the punchline is losers because of idiocy.

    • Alex

      Hi Paulos,
      Based on his interview he seems reasonable to me, but I still blame TPLF for holding the peace process hostage for the last 16 years. If it was not for PMAA we will be be stuck on no peace no war situation.

      • Paulos

        Selam Alex,

        That is a reasonable assessment and I respect that. Thank you.

    • halafi mengedi

      Paulis,

      Sometimes, people forget, deliberately or not, that unlike pfdj where it is pretty much all IA, tfpl, despite all its ills, has leadership with a spectrum of positions on issues including Eritrea. MZ was clearly dominant but there were strong dissenting voices as well. The interview with Debretsion shouldn’t be surprising….

      Hm

      • Paulos

        Selam HM,

        TPLF was a mess but at least it is trying its best to learn from its mistakes and move on. My problem is with the distorted idea as if the young PM came to power through a sheer force by sidelining TPLF.

        Those who live in a la la land think so precisely because as Debretsion said it in his interview, Isaias said game over because he doesn’t know the country. Absolutely delusional!

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam paulos
          Delusional means those who don’t know the pm AAA came to power through over 3 years of people struggle and tplf defeated by the people struggle, made a deal and accepted to play just in tplf constituency and without standing in front of trial.

    • iSem

      Hi Paulo:
      where is this interview?

      • Paulos

        Semerile,

        Got it from Meskeremdotnet news feed. It is on BBC Tigrinya edition.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Sem,

        Search by “BBC interview with Dr Debretsion” you will find it.

  • Berhe Y

    Dear Abi,

    As saay said it will be a test for the PM and I think most likely he will try to find them safe heaven some where else, may be in Sudan if no where else.

    It will be testing times for the opposition, and the PFDJ ለቕለቕቲ have already started asking for Ethiopia to remove the opposition groups as measure of restoring peace. They forgot, that Ethiopia has welcomed all it’s opposition groups, not only from places like Eritrea even from safe places in America. But as if IA has not disappeared all political groups inside Eritrea, they also want to go after those remaining.

    At least, they should the same kind of gesture to their own opposition people that the Ethiopian opposition groups are accorded.

    They should also ask their president who they brag about, as “my president” should also ask him to pardon those who are rotting in his under ground jails.

    Berhe

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear All,
    IA and his supporters are always moving the posts for a wrong purpose. Just remember how many times they told us it is all about the border and the occupied territories? Now they are telling us the end game was all about finishing Weyane and nothing else matters. The only reason IA hated Weyane were because they didn’t help him ride Ethiopia when he was demanding too much. But now you are settling for none of the concessions IA used to squeez off Woyane. Well, everything is wierd with them and the facts nor the logic would help you make them understand the real thing. The demarcation didn’t happen and Weyane is here to stay. Unfortunately, your IA has also not expired yet.

    • Peace!

      Hi Hayat,

      What’s the point? When Eritreans asked for help, TPLF turned its back and spent its ample years dividing opposition groups and dispatching cadres to challenge Eritreanism instead, and then years later IA is not expired. Really? Well, You fought a wrong fight my friend and ended up helping PFDJ and destroying yourself. People in Addis are openly preparing for TPLF funeral on Saturday.

      “የወያኔ እምባገነናዊ ስርዓት 1967-2010
      የሞት መንስዔ: የኢትዮጽያውነት ህብረት”

      “ሁለት ፈላጊ ኣንዱን ያጣል” ሲባል ሰምተሻል?

      Let’s stop whining please it won’t bring wasted opportunity back. Eritreans have now a new visionary friend his name is Dr Abiy, smart and hopeful enough to bring change in our region.

      Peace!

      • Paulos

        Selam Abi Seb,

        The young PM is not your leader. He is the leader of Ethiopia and Ethiopians. Of course, unless otherwise you truly believe deep in your heart that you are Ethiopian. If you think and believe that he is going to kill every TPLF, he is not going to do that, because his core philosophy is “Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself.”

        Ato Isaias Afwerki spent the last 20 years trying everything he can to destroy TPLF but before he knew it, he destroyed himself and a generation instead. And I don’t personally believe he is going to stop. But again, the young PM is not going to help him to do that for the same reason stated on the above. And the young PM is not going to help Eritreans to get rid of Ato Isaias Afwerki or help them build political institutions including human rights, simply because, his sole interest in establishing good relations with Eritrea is for economic integration nothing more nothing less.

        Ato Isaias Afwerki convinced everyone in 1998 that Weyane is the blood enemy and everyone jumped on the wagon. In 2018 as well, Ato Isaias Afwerki is convincing everyone that the Weyanes are done and everyone is jumping on the Wagon. If actually, the TPLF is still there instead, Ato Isaias is there to remain as well. The difference is however, he is there for the reason he is good at—to destroy dreams and aspirations of a generation.

        If you think things will change in Eritrea, think again! If we should remain true students of history, G-15 waited till the war was over and asked for reform not with guns but on paper and they are dropping like flies one by one. If people are hoping, reform will come because the threat of war is over or peace is finally here, history will repeat itself. Demanding on paper changes nothing replicating Akhria does.

        • Peace!

          Hi Paulosay,

          What happen? I thought the point of my comment was obvious that the fact that TPLF betrayed Eritrean opposition groups, the same organization you blamed for having blurred policies. That’s true yesterday and true today. As for the rest of your comment, it looks looks like you were looking for a spring board. ኣጆኻ ፖውሎስ ሓወይ ድላይካ ጽሓፍ ንዓይ ጥራይ ኣይትሓውሰኒ.

          Peace!

          • Paulos

            Selam Abi Seb,

            You should see me laughing. ንዓኻ እየ ዘሕምቕ ንኢሳያስ ኣየሕምቖን እየ:: ዘሕምቖ’ለኒ ከምዝባሃል:: In any case, let’s hope for the best. God bless!

        • Selamat Denamarkino Arkey Professor Paul,

          It is a mathematical universe, remember. Sacred geometry and starting from the tetrahedron up to the dodecahedron is detecting a trend pertaining the young PM3A’s early retirement packages he has distributed thus far to the old guards first in his own nation. Maybe just maybe in the very short long term, he may convincingly suggest to IA take a very sweetened severance package and exit the stage gracefully.
          I beg your pardon these days for I have been shell shocked to find out that the “giant leap for mankind” was a hoax and nothing but a giant LIE for humanity. To date, or in modernity, no man has set foot on the moon and does not posses the capability to do so yet. Negate everything you have learned is a wise measure of correcting your mind. Yes, Santa does exist and Rudolph the Reindeer is lead on the sled for starters.
          Include Scientists within the parenthesis of this Carl Sagan quote:

          “If we are not able to ask skeptical questions to interrogate those who tell us that something is true, to be skeptical of those in authority then, we are up for grabs for the next charlatan (political, or religious) who comes rambling along.”

          What a mess… and what a Mesi in Russia V Croatia.
          ሰቡር ዉደ።

          ጻጸ

          • Paulos

            Selam Tsatse Arkey,

            Science abhors certainty. If it didn’t, it wouldn’t be obsessing to falsify it [What we have learned so far is not a hoax per se but far from being certain.] Politics, however, loves consensus till an unknown factor aborts it. And whom ever adopts and adjusts to the unknown factor, wins the day. We wait to see who would win the day between Isaias and Abiye when the unknown kicks in.

            My bet is Abiye will win, simply because, he functions with in Institutional and Constitutional parameters where they help him to fall back on in an event of contingency.

          • Amde

            Wow ጻጸ ዚ ግሬት

            You think moon landing was a hoax?

          • መርሓባ ፒላር ዓምድ፡

            I am convinced it was a lie and have my own good rational why? You are with good mind and spirit Sire, just check it out for yourself. You can start with the YouTube video “Archaeological Cover-ups – A plot to control history.” later I will find the specific presentation regarding the moon that convinced me. This one will hopefully conjure thoughts of Lalibella Ethiopia for you…

            ጻጸ

          • Good Morning Sire Pillar Amde;

            I misSpelled by misSing the second S in MesSi of “Don’t cry for me Argentina” yesterday, but the Croats assured Messi was missing from yesterdays game. Next up Nigeria for Messi and Argentina.
            Yes, even when I am asked for my initials Ss I misspell, but Nigeria is the cause of me missing most the Great Republic of Ethiopia represent the East in ’18Russia. It is Iceland V Nigeria now and Nigeria is my pick for Africa Unite — Yes it is soccer… Separation of Sport and State, I say no.

            here is a link of what I misSed to include in my response yesterday… I miss most my visits to Lalibela and miss you too Sire.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHt842u_Yw4

            Abbu Ashera Weapon X – Evolution
            tSAtSE

    • FishMilk

      Hi Hayat Adem. The demise of the TPLF must be terribly painful for you. May I suggest a book titled ‘Five Stages of Grief’ by Elisabeth Kubler Ross and David Kessler.

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, Hayat Adem.

      Woyane in Ethiopia right now is just like a wife who betrayed her innocent man and stand in front of her big and small children while her father tells each and every horrible adultery scandal of sleeping with all the men in the neighborhood. You see said the man ” The shame you brought in this family has nothing in its kind but I must let you stay for the sake of the small children. I dont want my children to be brought up without mother without their understanding on what is going on. And their are not matured enough to understand now, you know very well” .

      And poor Hayat still tries to tell us the crime of shabia while her party swims in the scandal sea.

    • Nitricc

      Hi Hayat; hahahahah, you must be losing it. what do you mean when you said…

      ” The demarcation didn’t happen and Weyane is here to stay. Unfortunately, your IA has also not expired yet” lol first, your TPLF has died a horrible death. They have many chances to die in dignity, sad they had to go out this way. it is their fault, they peck a fight with the lion of Naqfa, and you know what happens when you try anything with PIA, you lose. So, once again, the usual winner has won, deal with it. what I don’t get is that when you say ” Unfortunately, your IA has also not expired yet” when You said, “YOUR” what do you mean?
      RIP Dedebit! Amen.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. It is surprising, given news of UAE financial support, that black market exchange rates are still spiraling in Addis Ababa and now at 35.5 on the dollar. It is clear that the TPLF and close associates, who are now on the run, are in desperate need of hard currency as they escape Ethiopia. Who would have ever thought that Menghistu Haile Mariam and the TPLF would be living in exile together as neighbors.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. What many here do not take proper account of, is that with Ethio-Eri border solved, Eritrea’s military now believed to number upwards to around 300,000, will need to be deactivated/scaled-back to around 50,000. Additionally, now open-ended national service, will need to be maintained at an 18-month maximum. This will result in significant additional numbers of people that will be pressuring PIA/PFDJ for positive reform and accountability. Those of you who before were downplaying the importance of Ethiopia’s illegal occupation of Eritrean land were in a very shameful way, simply very wrong.

    • Amde

      Selam FishMilk,

      Ergo the skepticism since it is not in his interest to demobilize.

      Amde

      • FishMilk

        Hi Amde. Eminent demobilization and limited national service, will not for long be predicated upon whether or not it is in the interests of PIA, for Eritreans living INSIDE of Eritrea will demand it. Most Eritrean oppositionists living in the diaspora simply do not have a good understanding of the heart and vibe of Eritreans living INSIDE of Eritrea, for if they would have had, they simply would not have been downplaying the importance of Badme over the past two decades.

      • Alex

        Hi Amde,
        You were saying few weeks ago PMAA is not going to accept the EEBC ruling unconditionally, since it is politically untenable for him. You know what happen on June 5. I can bet with you once the peace process is done the demobilization will start in earnest and you can take that to a bank.

        • Amde

          Haha Alex,

          Ok.. Halafi Mengedi says the Warsai Yikaalo will continue regardless.

          So i am on the horns of a dilemma. I am as surprised as anyone about what has happened, and I am almost sure I will owe Saay some መቶሺ ሳቶሺ. My bet did not anticipate some deep pocketed outsiders that would drive to close this chapter aggressively quickly. But here we are. And my inclination is to say no.

          But if you are willing to put some timeframe on, let’s say demobilization starting in three months or something like that, maybe I will be interested.

          Amde

          • Alex

            Hi Amde,
            I will guess demobilization will start happening in less than a year as long us the demarcation and overall negotiation goes through smoothly between the two countries.

          • halafi mengedi

            Amde,

            Also don’t forget, demobilization doesn’t have the same meaning to IA v others. Already he used that trick where they ‘demobilized’ ppl from active army to army owned companies thingy….

            hm

  • Kaddis

    Selam Awatewoch ,
    I didn’t see Herman Cohen and the Atlantic council contribution to the changes in the discussion here. Don’t you think the same path can ensure participation of Eri opposition in the talks? Don’t you think if pressured with Eri version of HR 128 and not to risk sanctions possible lifting; Isaias start listening to oppositions?

  • Selam All,

    Why can’t people be serious really, what is the use of celebrating before they cross the finish line? Some eritreans, especially regime supporters have already started to celebrate the success of the dictator and their eritreanism, while at the same time demeaning the anti-eritreanism of others, in actual fact those who refused to worship the dictator. They are heaping the accolade of success on the dictator and his supporters, and they are welcoming ethiopia the initiator on board the dictator’s wagon while dia is the one boarding the ethiopian wagon to save himself and his destructive policy. If there is success, it should be success for all ethiopians and eritreans and they should celebrate together. Those who fish for accolades in muddy waters may catch something else.

    Some people are already showing their old and not-so-old true faces. Do you want so much to celebrate alone and before it reaches a successful conclusion? When the whole issue is about life and death for the poor people who live at the border area and the poor people of ethiopia and eritrea in general, some eritreans are already pumping their ego beyond imagination.

    This is a recipe for failure of the talks and it is the ominous sign that eritrea is not going to change socially, politically and economically, as long as there are such people, who are ready to exploit even the dough let alone the ready bread. Calm down, be serious so that you will not miss this final opportunity that has come after 20 yrs. If you lose the train now, you are going to lose it forever.

    Finally, it is naivety to disregard tplf before the job is done, because it has a say in the whole issue.

  • halafi mengedi

    Hi

    May the memory of all of those who sacrificed their lives for our dignity live with us forever. The struggle to live the kind of life they paid for continues….

    Hm

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam HM,

      Indeed the memory of those who sacrificed for the dignity of our people will live on, and the struggle will continue to preserve their heroism.

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei.
    What Ethiopians deserve now is that the King of Tigrinya people/s send a peace delegation from all eritrean ethnic groups (not dominated by tigrinya people) from all walks of life. And when they arrive in Addis they sing ኢንድሚናቾ ደህና ናቾ ከኤርትራ መጣን ሊናያቾ.. ኢንድምናቾ ደህና ናቾ ከኤርትራ መጣን ሊናያ አ አ አ አ አ አ አ አ አ አ አ አ አ አ አ አ አ ቾ ኦ ኦ ኦ ኦ ኦ ).

    But what i am afraid of is that the King sends the type of delegation he sent to Ethiopian Geological Survey in 1993. The delegation demanded all gelogical maps and datas of Eritrea. It was not only the unique demand of the delegation but the attitued of the delegation. The woyanes were more friendly at that time than the delegation. It seamed like a derg general wanted the data. Anyways the delegation demanded the data on Afar. The data and information responsible woman refused the Afar data because the data or the map were not sorted out after the division of Afar into two. The delegation told her he wanted all the serveys of the whole Afar. He advised her with strong words that she must watch the latter he brought from a higher authority which has nothing to do with ministry of mines. She refused the whole data including the other areas of Eritrea. Long story short. The delegation got all the documents they asked, the woman forced to pension because woyane was cleaning the ‘amharas’ (she speaks amharic but she was not amhara) from governmental offices (they believed the amharas controlled all offices and they replaced all places with tigres including both from EThio-Eri, they forgot the other ethnic groups).

    So the peace is dependent on what kind of delegation Eritrea sends. The old Naqfas lions or new generation who really tired of this woyane-shabia mantra,

  • Abraham H.

    Selam Awatista, the recent developments in Eritrea are the sum total of recent events in our region. One very noteworthy issue is the closure of the Sudanese border with Eritrea; this step almost paralysed the DIA regime, by denying him access to the Sudanese market and hence his lifeline, where he was committing acts of illicit contraband trade as well as human traffickig with Eritrean lives, Eritreans who were willing to pay as much as it costs to avoid his strangulation at home. መምሃሪ ኣይግበርካ መምሃሪ ግን ኣይኽላእካ ይብሉ’ እሞ, I hope PM Abiy would take the necessary lessons from previous relations of the Eritrean despot with his neighbors, that all ended up in fighting and enmity. One has to be very careful when trying to forge a real working relationship with a known criminal whose hands are soaked with the blood of innocent Eritreans.

  • ‘Gheteb

    Hello Abi,

    Thanks for the welcome and please do check my response to Cuz SAAY below.

  • iSem

    Hi awatista:

    . St. Adi Halo Resurrects Some One From the Dead, but is Unable to Resurrect Himself
    And it has just dawned to risen from the dead that Eritrean has triumphed Unbeknownst to him, while our resurrect comrade in his repose, Eritreans triumphed when they expressed their opposition to the dissolution of the federation. Eritreans triumphed when they launched the armed struggle. Eritreans triumphed when they liberated many cities in 1978. Eritreans triumphed in 1991, the culmination of all the triumphs. Eritrean triumphed even before these when they released thousands of their compatriots from prisons of the brutal regime that victimized them,right in the belly and bosom of the enemy
    The triumphs of Eritreans are for ever itched in depth of their hearts and recess of their minds. No one can take that, they own it, the earned it.

    The recent peace talks are welcome and credit goes to the new Ethiopian PM and it is not the triumph of Eritreans nor of DIA. Although the finale of the border impasse will alleviate the problems of those stranded in the occupied areas, but it will not make a scintilla of difference in improving the lives of Eritreans:, it will not release their prisoners and St. Adi Halo cannot resurrect those he murdered, he cannot unrape those her raped, he cannot even release those who sit in his Ela-Elo ovens. Why? because he can. Because of the support he chose to resurrect from the dead

    DIA, true to his nature is now bending backward after refusing the request of negotiations for 18 years, in the same manner he accepted the Allergies agreement after he refused, only to beg for it, after he was humiliated in the war he designed and lead.

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Selam
      Why did the triumph stop abruptly immediately after 1991?

      • iSem

        Hi MM;
        I am glad you noticed. It stopped because PFDJ, IA and his supporters decided so

  • Abraham H.

    Selam Awatista, have you noticed the only time the subjects of DIA clapped during his June 20 speeach, besides the natural uplauding at the end of the speech, was when he mentioned he will be sending a delegation to Addis Abeba? This just shows us how sick and tired the subjects were with the weird excuse of the dictator of no negotiation without prior demarcation; besides the fact that these PFDJ crowds are nothing but slaves who sold their dignity to a despot.

  • Hope

    Now Inc:
    The new born Student of YG:
    You declared:
    “But now what YG said makes sense – somewhat. I say somewhat because YG’s argument is IA’s acceptance is to make peace with Ethiopia for his benefit. Hmm I am not sure peace with Ethiopia is what’s driving him. I think he is trying to divide Ethiopia and to isolate his arch-enemies, the Woyanes.
    He has an incredible hatred and anger on the Woyanes and he is trying to get back at them. Whatever it takes, the Woyanes have to be punished, he thinks, I think”
    It is NOT only PIA and the Eri majority that hate the TPLF but Dr Abiy,the son of the TPLF as well expressed it live and publically to his own people and assembly.
    Swallow the BITTER pill that what PIA and Dr Abiy declared about the hateful janda is but TRUE and it has to be wiped out completely without further DELAY.
    Why cant we wait for a month or two even up to 6m before we pass judgments upon.
    One thing is true:
    whether its is for PR consumption or is a mere PR gimmick, IA decided to fully accept the peace deal as brokered by the USA(mesharekhtina included),there will be peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea and things after that peace deal and the follow up facts will have to be seen and it is Up TO us Eritreans NOW…to tighten our belts and claim the lost opportunities…and follow suit the Ethiopians.
    Who knows that PIA may declare a Blanket Amnesty and National Reconciliation and implement the ratified or the new version of the Constitution.
    Again,it is our role,call and obligation to push more and further to get what we deserve rather than expecting PIA to give us what we need /deserve on a Silver Plate.
    I have learned to calm down and to be reserved and to be OPTIMISTIC.

    • Hope SO!

      “Who knows that PIA may declare a Blanket Amnesty and National Reconciliation and implement the ratified or the new version of the Constitution.”

      He does this HE CEMENTS HIS permanence as the GREAT ERITREAN FATHER FOR MILLENNIA LONG ERITREAN GENERATIONS.
      From your fingertips to the DECAHEDRON highest level of consciousness. Yeah anything is possible!

      tSAtSE

  • ‘Gheteb

    Cutting The Gordian Knot: The Triumph Of Eritreanism

    Greetings!!

    With all the going-ons in the Horn region these days, one is forced to ask: what was all the to-do and all the fuss about? What was at the center of the conflict that was impelling and propelling the very conflict that has embroiled Eritrea for over a decade and half?

    The answer is simple: The struggle was ( is?) between Eritreanism and Anti-Eritreanism. All other trappings were just that: trappings and embellishments, pure and simple.

    On the one pole, there is the forces of Eritreanism fiercely spearheaded by Eritrean patriotic forces, such as the PFDJ and other nationalists. Antipodally, there are those forces who were/are hellbent in undoing Eritreanism as led by the Weyanes, the previous American administrations and die-hard anti-PFDJ elements,

    Recently, something transpired in Ethiopia that has untangled the decade old conflict. I discern that these days two stumbling blocks being removed from the puzzle:

    (1) The Weyane’s loss of power in Ethiopia

    (2) The changing view of American administration on Eritrea

    Of course, the role of the Gulf States (KSA and UAE) in untangling this conflict cannot be overemphasized. About two years ago, I have penned two pieces about Eritrea’s relations with these two sisterly Arab countries:

    (A) The Blessings of The Saudi Eritrean Relations

    (B) The Exquisite Benefits of The Emirati Eritrean Relations

    And here it is paying a HUGE dividend.

    With the Ethio-Eritrean rapprochement in the offing and the lifting of sanction on Eritrea in the horizon, Eritrea’s future is looking even more brighter as a nation with a defined and internationally recognized borders.

    Now, I hope you see, why I am declaring loudly that Eritreanism has triumphed!

    • saay7

      Gheteb:

      The upvote was to welcome you back 😀

      Can you say more about Eritreanism, as a doctrine?

      Also, don’t forget the salutation!

      saay

      • ‘Gheteb

        Cuz SAAY:

        Thanks for the welcoming upvote.

        You want me to say more about “Eritreanism as a doctrine”?

        For a starter, Eritreanism is the whole GESTALT that underpins the Eritrean psychological make-up that makes one first an Eritrean and nothing else. It prompts him/her to act and react as a nationalist in the preservation of Eritrea as a nation with a distinct Eritrean identity.

        What is more, is the fact that those who espouse and manifest Eritreanism are those who are more preoccupied with what is good for Eritrea as a nation and not fiercely engaged in a partisan political football with a tunnel vision of wrangling and finagling their way to political power. No, it isn’t.

        Then, Eritreanism is above and beyond petty and self-interested political posturing that has inundated the Eritrean political landscape. In its sublime form, Eritreanism is like a fluoride in water; you won’t taste it, but it is good and has salutary effects in your body.

        Finally, I recommend a book entitled ” History of the Eritrean Revolution 1961-1991 by Ibrahim Totil” for those who are seriously seeking boning up on the essential features of Eritreanism.

    • Mez

      Good Day Gheteb–the mayor of Adulis,

      Welcome back.

      Thanks

      • ‘Gheteb

        Selam Mez,

        Thanks. Much appreciated!

        • Mez

          Dear ‘Gheteb,

          I have the following line of thinking on todsy’s reapproachment of Eritrea and Ethiopia, from PIA perspective:

          1) the global power (america) is observing that China is served by Djibouti & Russia is in the process of being served by the Sudan; Eritrea is the safe bet to engage closer,
          2) The boisterous regional power (UAE) was bruised by Djbouti recently; it wants to revenge. Hence looking Assab from Economic perspective,
          2.1) UAE can make money only if it can bring Ethiopia to the Assab port use.
          3) if Ethiopia can use Assab somehow, she will be the happiest for a while,
          4) under the new regional dynamics, PIA can keep balance of power at home at best if:
          4.1) he can keep Ethiopia happy with the port,
          4.2) get huge reward (lump sum), and then a constant revenue from Assab,
          4.3) get a better grip of the imminent demobilization of conscripts,
          5) with the above economic amunition, postpone Eritrean majority reform request indefinitely.

          Do I sound strange?

          Thanks

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Mez,

            No it isn’t strange. The question is how plausible probability it is, considering the unpredictable behavior of the despot. Your attempt to untangle the complex geopolitical players is impressive. Possibly, they might get a scoop from your approach.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Mez,

            I really doubt the US has anything to do with it. If any US government had influence it would have been George Bush with Eritrea supporting the US war in Iraq and Ambassador Ghirma had tried all that he can.

            The Trump administration may agree to lift the sanctions because, specially if Ethiopia and Igad has no objection, because there is no more the reason that warrant it to stay.

            As far as the Trump administration gives Eritrea and Ethiopia a priority at this time, I really, really doubt it. The state department is under crisis with staffing and many senior people resigning. I don’t think Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia even currently have a US embassy let alone to think the issue of Eritrea.

            Yamamoto tour was probably saying good by and to write a memo to the next guy what he thinks before he left the post.

            I think it’s the work of PMAA and IA has no option to accept his offer and make the best of it.

            Those preaching Eritreanism previelled or what have you, now you change the topic from “no dialog, before withdraw” to now TelTel elka guya nab Addiss.

            If you said, we are not going to deal with Ethiopia until TPLF is removed, then at least you can declare victory.

            Can you preach not only for the dead Eritreans because of IA adventure but how about those who nurtured them under ground in Era Ero.

            Can you plead with your kubur president, Etonian hgdefin sAbtomin.

            Now weyane is gone as per your own words, can you plead to end endless national service with you god kibur Isayas Afeworki.

            PMAA, in his message to IA said, we need to end the suffering of our people, dying in th deserts, dying in the Mediterranean, so they can live in peace in their homes.

            This is not a message for Ethiopians but for us Eritreans, and he will rise the Eritrean youth fighting spirit.

            WeluKum seb HGDF mendef.

            Isayas Afeworki your Game will be over soon.

            Berhe

          • Mez

            Dear Berhr Y,

            Your reasoning is sound.

            I just tried to understand the whole PIA government naration new reframing from sustainability, FDI & demobilization, global finance access perspectives.

            Thanks

          • Nitricc

            Hi Mez; i am convinced that PIA and PMAA has met in person somewhere. There is no way for both of them to move in this kind of speed. and This can’t be happened without the green light of the USA. Simply put, Ethiopians will not eat their lunch with out the green light of the USA let alone to move in such matter unilaterally. Nop!

          • Mez

            Dear Nitricc,

            One may call this “the art of politics”.

            1) The ordinary Eritrean/Ethiopian deserve peace.
            2) the young warriors (on both sides of the boarder) have to get rid of the arramged and imposed marrage with “rifles” AND start “making boundless love affair & marrage” with a real biological one–as nature dictates us.

            Thanks

          • ‘Gheteb

            Selam Mez,

            No, you don’t sound strange. Not at all. Actually, you are raising some good questions here. I won’t pretend to be able to answer the questions you are bringing to the fore here. For what it is worth, here are my two cents. I will try to render my general take here, because there are too many unknowns, the situation in the Horn is still in a flux and I am not privy to all the internal workings there.

            (1) There is definite possibility for Eritrea and “the global power”, America, working closely, both in the security/military spheres. I ain’t spilling any beans here, but I heard an Eritrean attesting to the fact that he has had a conversation with Donald Yamamoto prior to his departure to Eritrea recently and that Yamamoto told him that his trip to Eritrea will cover issues of demarcation and that THE DEMARCTION PILLARS that are going to be placed between Eritrea and Ethiopia are ready and paid for in the UN.

            (2) Regarding the UAE role in Asseb, for the foreseeable future, they along with the KSA will be using the port as a logistical hub/military base. The port of Asseb will be upgraded and Ethiopia may end up using its services. Here also the port of Massawa may see a massive upgrade which Ethiopia may use for its northern corridor.

            (3) If the current trajectory that we are witnessing in Ethiopia is any guide, the prospect for peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea looks good and the relation may end up massively blossoming in areas of economics and trade.

            (4) Eritrea’s rewards in terms of REVENUES is indeed going to be huge, be it from port services and other fees to be garnered from the Gulf Sates use of the port of Asseb. Moreover, once the UN sanction against Eritrea is lifted the investments in Eritrea from both the KSA and UAE will be massive and big.

            (5) With peace prevailing in Eritrea and the huge increase in the national treasure and some aid, one can easily foresee the demobilization of the national service members.

            (6) With the above conditions prevailing in Eritrea, I foresee an endless possibility in the opening of political space and issues of governance.

          • ሰላማት መምህር መዝ፡

            ኖት ኣት ኦል። ሞር ስትሬንጅ ፕሊስ ኢፍ ዮ ላይክ ቱ ኮል ኢት ስትሬንጅ።

            ጻጸ

    • MS

      Ahlan Ghehteb
      Welcome back
      Indeed, Eritreanism has triumphed thanks to the sons and daughters of Eritrea who never gave up on Eritrea despite years of orchestrated campaigns to diminish it.
      To the TPLFites (Eritreans and non-Eritreans), Game Over.
      There is a new sheriff in Arat Kilo. Dr. Abiy of Ethiopia has met all my expectation and I am sure he will find people he could trust from the Eritrean side to make a peace and cooperation deal. President Isaias had ambushed all those who said he would not respond in kind. The Ethiopian people are on board and Eritreans have been waiting to see this date happen. President IA has made a smart move. It will give PMAA a boost and isolate the anti-Eritrean wayane elites. From all that I can gather, the majority of Tigray people are for peace and they have been calling for a speedy peace settlement.
      [will say more on this in my next article)
      Glory to the brave men and women who gave their lives so that we can talk as Eritreans.

      • ‘Gheteb

        Ahlan Mahmmuday,

        Shukran and with much appreciation. Indeed, “Glory to the brave men and women who gave their lives so that we can talk as Eritreans”.

      • Nitricc

        Your majesty, long time: you said ” President Isaias had ambushed all those who said he would not respond in kind” don’t count on it, not to give the man his due they will move the goal post to something that suits them. The people who said that I doubt they run their household correctly let alone lead a country as sophisticated and complex as Eritrea’s journey is. They disregarded the well being of the nation and they have sided with TPLF and when the brave man made his move to what is consistent with his stand they left holding the bag for TPLF. PIA said time and again, as long as TPLF is in power there is no border talks and now TPLF is out and he has fulfilled what he has been preaching. It was time to stick it to the Weyane and he did it with great funfair. Eternal glory to our Martyrs.

        • Berhe Y

          Dear Nitric,

          I just want to quote what you just said

          “PIA said time and again, as long as TPLF is in power there is no border talks and now TPLF is out and he has fulfilled what he has been preaching.”

          After all you PFDJiet were preaching, Ethiopia must withdraw before dialog, now you are are worried that those who were preaching, Saay, AH as example, have dialog and put your cards on the table and let it be.

          And you people were saying, if we open the door we don’t know where it will lead, hates qeTew, have some digity and qurub Hifer Belu. You people put our people through hell, for nothing.

          Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hey Berhe; You need to pay attentions to the details. The Weyane said ” we accepted the Algiers agreement in principal” meaning in a diplomacy talk, NO! and here PMAA comes out firing by saying ” we accept the Algiers agreement with out If’s and but’s. meaning, I will translate the exact details of the agreements and the rules that apply to it. Now, how do you say No to PMAA’s offer?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            If you want to talk about details (that you need to pay attention), Ethiopia has changed/ changed it’s decision many time..each time to made it better.

            1) We will not accept it
            2) we will accept but with 5 points plan
            3) we accept it fully but we want to dialog
            4) we accept it fully..and send letter to AU and others to confirm.

            Then Eritrea started the condition:
            1) We want Ethiopia to withdraw first.

            Off course you are leaving the details on purpose…haven’t you heard the response the PM gave to the parliament that said, I have not changed any Ethiopian position except let my intention know that to execute the decision made by parliament and former PMMZ.

            Anyway, just enjoy the celebration and the brain dead president shameful action.

            Now ask him to release all prisoners since Ethiopia is no longer a threat, and ask him to end the indefinite national services, and ask him to allow all opposition groups to return to their country and live in peace.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            HI Berhe; again attention to details are needed here. you said …

            “1) We will not accept it
            2) we will accept but with 5 points plan
            3) we accept it fully but we want to dialog
            4) we accept it fully..and send letter to AU and others to confirm.”
            here we go, you just conformed what I am presenting. TPLF can change their mind at any given time and there was no point to negotiate with them, they can’t be trusted i.e. till TPLF is out of power or TPLF vacates out of our land, there no point doing anything. Now, TPLF is out, a new sheriff is in town, he never lied to you and he came out calling for peace and offering full acceptance of what you ask for. The reason the so-called opposition pissed bout this is, you guys were wishing and praying that PIA will reject PMAA’s offer. When PIA kicked the ball right to 4-KIllo, you all are lost and pissed-off. Take it easy people, Eritrea once again prevailed and going to face head-on what needs to be done. like getting back to 18 months for military service, like releasing prisoners, like implementing the constitutions, in short, back to normality. PIA’s main enemy, TPLF is dead and he has no more to do list.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            I don’t really care about internal Ethiopian people political problems other than to wish them good to sort out their issue peacefully, which include TPLF.

            Can I hold you accountable for these comments:

            “like getting back to 18 months for military service, like releasing prisoners, like implementing the constitutions, in short, back to normality.”

            what’s your time table for this?

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Berhe,

            Like every Eritrean, Nitricc has no a say in Eritrean politics, as far as the current system continues. Nitricc is only happy when there is skirmish of political wars within EPRDF party. Let him have fun for now until the Ethiopian politics “ዝጽዒ” settled. Hopefully for positive settlement.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Aman; I don’t know if you know this but, Yes I can and I have a say what the future holds. The old days are gone. As long as the country is safe and under no present danger, we will ask and we will have a say. I understand, you are thinking the old ways but those days are gone. PIA concluded it with amazing steadfastness and absolute determination and now is time to move on. I know like others, you are pissed off because PIA failed to reject PMAA’s call. I know you are the first one who said ” the Despot will find or reject PMAA’s call” No my friend, not only PIA accepted it but he went out of his way to seek peace because he understands that the time has come. Regarding EPRDF, well I am sorry to break to you but your TPLF is dead and EPRDF’s spinal cord severely broken. it is a matter of time that EPRDF before it dissolves completely. What is EPRDF without TPLF? think man.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe; the time line very simple. The first order of business is demobilizing the brave Eritrean armed forces who have defended their country for decades without any compensation. For what I heard the Eritrean government negotiated with UAE and the Saudi and it is part of the deal to compensate substantially during demobilization. So, I see this being accomplished in the first year and within the following two years, Eritrea should be in full swing of things, like implementing the constitution, election and so on. Eritrea has lost so valuable time she must move as fast and safe in to her political journey. So, 3 to 4 years, things should be 100% normalized, and then we start the journey to the Promised Land to The envy of Africa.

      • Selamat btSAy MaHmuday “The Best” Saleh,

        Carl Sagan said:
        “Finding the occasional straw of truth awash in a great ocean of confusion and bamboozle requires intelligence, vigilance, dedication and courage. But if we don’t practice these tough habits of thought, we cannot hope to solve the truly serious problems that face us and we risk becoming a nation of SUCKERS (emphasis mine) up for grabs by the next charlatan who comes along.

        Let us focus on our POWs of the internal kind.. SebAAn klten PS one of which.
        Eternal glory to Eritrean Martyrs.ጻ
        ዘክር ስው’ኣት።

        ጻጸ

        • MS

          ሰላም ክቡር ጻጸ
          ክሉ ገግዚኡ ኣለዎ። Not too long ago we were debating folks who would not hide their intent to see Eritrea overrun by Ethiopia. Today we are witnessing a different development. We have seen an Ethiopian PM paying homage to our martyrs. I’m not naive, there will be bumps ahead. But the era of TPLF dominance is over. Let them settle their scores with the Ethiopian people and country that they had ransacked.
          Additionally, We never argued the demarcation of the border would automatically mean a change in Eritrea’s domestic politics. Eritrea’s internal affairs will be decided by the men and women who have no country other than Eritrea, those who have been defending and maintaining it for years under tough times. [I’m not saying this today, I’ve been saying it all these years, and very few brave participants did so too, including the giant Ant, despite our difference with PFDJ]. It was a tough fight and I’m very pleased to tell you that we have won. All that rationally-minded diaspora need to do is rectify past wrong strategies and tools and align along with the mainstream Eritrean voices. The rusted AK-47s need to go back to the inventory, hopefully they get melted to make agricultural tools. One of the key agreement will be that both countries desist from hosting armed groups to harass the other. The next step is to bring Omar Albashir in line. The region has seen too much bloodshed. Peaceful opposition is honor. It is smart and less costly. But even that should wait until the sovereignty issue is resolved. At this time, IA is my president and PMAA is a man who needs reassurance and support because he has positive vibration that the region has not witnessed in its entire history.
          Thanks.

          • Aron

            Hi dear Mahmoud,
            You are one of the guys whose opinion I respect a lot of in this forum. However I’ve to take issue with your claim “President Isaias had ambushed all those who said he would not respond in kind”. As you know no opinion counts in Eritrea except nsu’s. The only one ambushed here is the Eritrean people. Please don’t forget dialogue was offered so long ago before all those youngsters trekked the dangerous borders exposing themselves to the stinking human traffickers. All his comrades perished at his hands because they suggested dialogue. Now after all said and done we are dialoguing. If we call these victory it most definitely qualifies for pyrrihic victory.
            Aron the habesha.

          • MS

            MarHaba Aron
            I understand your point but here is how I see things
            Your point would make sense if everything else has remained the same. But I see a difference in the EPRDF led by Meles and the EPRDF led by PMAA. The message that came from PMMZ, one that would force Eritrea to capitulate, and the one coming from PMAA, one that recognizes past mistakes of Ethiopian governments (listen to his answer to the parliamentarian). In short, the political situation in Ethiopia is changing and I think the government of Eritrea feels it has contributed to supporting and encouraging the climate that has triumphed in Ethiopia. I don’t know how things are at your end, but I get positive reactions about the role of Eritrea from Ethiopians.
            In my last article, I argued the issue was not about Badme. It was about honoring an agreement and the readiness IN GOOD FAITH to implement it; it was about respecting the sovereignty of a neighbor country. All is needed is good faith. That was lacking from the TPLF bosses. Now, I see a good intent in PMAA, which could assist us to heal wounds, and a readiness to work together in good faith, the scarcest commodity in Ethiopian politics as far as our experience tells us. That being the background echoes driving my thoughts:
            1. PIA will send a delegation to explore possibilities. We don’t yet know what follows. This is a preliminary step. Let’s wait for the results. All that shows is that PIA sees something he could not in TPLF bosses, or as Trump would put it he likes the guys, A LOT.
            If you remember, SAAY and I had the same positional arguments. We have been saying exploring what TPLF meant with “let’s talk first” would not prejudge the status of EEBC, with my position aimed at exploring the “let’s talk” to counter their PR and expose them that they meant changing the EEBC ruling. The Eritrean government refused, and as it turned out it was right because TPLF was not a party it would make progress with. When it comes to the respect of Eritrean independence, the subsequent years showed us that TPLF elites were worse than the historically anti-Eritrea elements in Ethiopia. Tigrian elites (mind you: not the Tigray people or not the historic TPLF as a whole) have made Eritrea a sacrificial lamb to cling to power, even threatening the forceful annexation of Assab. Compare that with what PMAA replied to the parliamentarian.
            2. EEBC ruling in principle, with a precondition that negotiation should precede the demarcation process, and you have to know they had a different interpretation of the EEBC verdict. PMAA said he was fully committed to accepting and implementing AA and EEBC ruling WITHOUT PRECONDITION. There you have the difference.
            Additionally, his nonsensical responses trashing TPLF cry that all Ethiopians died for Badme, makes him credible. He told them to shove off the illogical arguments. he told them he was in the battle and they could not be more apprehensive about the situation. He told them a lot more Ethiopians died in uncontested Eritrean territories including in the Assab front. So, his views are congruent with what one would expect from a genuine and forward-looking leader that Eritrea has been waiting for.
            3. I believe you were in that war and you understand it. One should ask why did TPLF leaders send tens of thousands of Ethiopians to their death fighting inside Eritrea once it had secured Badme and Eritrea had accepted a ceasefire. One should ask why did Wayane waste so many lives in the Assab front, a land that was not contested after Eritrea accepted a ceasefire.
            My friend, it is all about the intent. It is about the climate of hatred and the will to “break the backbone of Eritreans” or the temerity “to teach Eritreans lessons.” TPLF was calling for dialogue, not for a peaceful and amicable settlement but to force to Eritrea an agreement that would not serve Eritrea. TPLF tried to play WW II US role in the Pacific Theater where General McArthur made the Japanese foreign Minister sign a surrender. TPLF pursued strategies of encircling and isolating Eritrea in a bid to force it to capitulation. It failed. Now, there is a PM who is saying things that Eritrea has been calling for, i.e., mutual respect and mutual cooperation. We Eritreans should encourage voices that call for enduring peace and regional integration. I like a lot about this man and I have never felt so comfortable that this bitter experience might once and for all be behind us. He is capitalizing on the legitimacy that he drew from the overwhelming support of his people. We could say he is the first Ethiopian to enjoy the legitimacy to make changes. International borders concern the federal government and I believe we have a new dawn in Ethiopia. PIA put it clear that a lot of the economic activities would depend on how things went in Ethiopia.
            As PMAA put it plainly, peace has value and both governments should pay the value it demands. I have no [roblem with a win-win situation because of the shift we have seen in Ethiopian political paradigm. So, I think we have to look at the bigger picture and the possibilities that the new political climate in Ethiopia could bring to the region.
            Sorry for the long Hateta.

          • Aron

            Hi Mahmoud,
            I actually loved the long hateta. I don’t want you to get me wrong. I don’t have any problems with young pm. To the contrary I so far do like him. I support what he is doing in regards with Eritrea and I hope and will pray he will succeed in bringing peace to Eritrea. Maybe you are right. We need a break and change from these man dia for sure. I honestly believe if we had any kind of government system other than one man rule, the border or other disagreements would not have taken us to war or would have been solved after the war. I am a true believer of better than n

    • Peace!

      Hi ‘Gheteb,

      Welcome Back! It is good that Eritreanism has triumphed, and now the real question is will Eritreans ever forgive the monster who bled the country and its people for decades, or do you think that’s part of the game for wining Eritreanism?

      Peace!

      • ‘Gheteb

        Hi Peace!

        Thanks and much appreciated, my man, Peace!

    • መርሓባ ወዲ ከረን ባዲ!

      አንቋዕ ብደሓን ትመለስካ፥ ደሃይ ሃብካ፡ ሃለኻ። ጃስት ኢን ታይም ፎር ኤርትረያኒስም ፍረሽድ ፐርስፐችቲቨ።

      Good to see you Haraka buddy.

      Abbu Ashera Weapon X – Evolution.
      tSAtSE

      • ‘Gheteb

        ሰላም ሓው ጻጸ

        ብዙሕ ምስጋና ስለ እቲ ሙውቅ ኣቀባብላኻ።
        ብዛዕባ ኣቡ ዓሸራ፣

        Where did the first five or four ኣቡ ዓሸራs that landed in the hands of the ELF fighters in the early 1962 came from and how and where did they get them from?

        ” Abbu Ashera Weapon X – Evolution”.

  • Beyan

    Selam Awatawyan,

    On a solemn day like June 20th, reconciliatory tone coming from the regime in Asmara, the barrages of finger pointing to outside world in general and toward TPLF in particular notwithstanding, cautiously optimistic is the phrase that one can use to characterize today’s news. The enmity with TPLF has roots that goes back to the 1970 almost to its founding as a Liberation Front. As such, a ready made historical and political account that revisits that narrative from an outsider might be useful to remind ourselves, the wounds between these two Front organizations cuts deep. Leaders who have experienced such enmities are still political players who are going to be in these negotiations. And personal enmities laced that have political egos at their disposal can become major obstacles that can get in the way of a good faith negotiation. The hope is that, from the six-member-team being dispatched from Asmara, there will be wise individuals who can leave their egos at Asmara airport and begin to the much needed chapter of peace between the two countries. The hope is that, under the leadership of PM Abiy, his team will also see to it that their political egos are left outside the premises of the meeting place, wherever it may end up being.

    Without further ado, here is Martin Plaut’s piece that will help paint a portrait of the two liberation fronts and their struggles together in finding an amicable approach to beat their common enemies that both of whom did in 1991.

    https://martinplaut.wordpress.com/2018/06/20/why-is-eritreas-president-so-hostile-towards-his-tigrayan-neighbours/

    • Abraham H.

      Selam Beyan, from the Ethiopian side, I don’t think PM Abiy would delegate someone from the diehard Tplfites. If you’ve followed his recent speechs, he has alluded to almost same observations as yours ,regarding the deep seated rivalry and ego-driven politics between the tplf leaders and their pfdj counterparts. But, on the Eritrean delegation, I’m almost 100% sure Yemane Monkey would be in the group.

      • Beyan

        merHaba Abraham,

        Indeed, the two Yemanes will likely be there. My hope is that the regime will be inviting scholars who have intimate knowledge about reconciliation issues, experts like Professor Awet or Professor Ghirmai Negash, individuals who can at least advise these politicians of the negotiations that will maximize the interest of the people affected on both sides. If each side focuses on the political outcome without due regard to the interest of the public on both sides of the border, I am afraid loggerheads will be the expected outcome. Unfortunately, the regime at the helm in Asmara has no willingness nor the maturity to invite experts in their respective fields who can serve as genuine arbiters. Preempting the impending negotiation will amount to putting the cart before the horse. All that one has to do is follow the events as closely as one can. There were so many missed opportunities for our region, PM Abiy seems to be the right leader who can take the bull by the horn in the Horn of Africa to that promise land, where any citizen from the region will be free to live anywhere he/she pleases without being harassed by political viewpoints he/she may harbor. It’s about time we begin to see what will serve our region is not war but peace, prosperity, and tranquility.

        Beyan

        • Paulos

          Dottore,

          What surprised me the most is actually why he didn’t opt for the place to be in a third country? But on a personal level, the animosity is not what it appears to be. Remember the picture that circulated around where the late Girma Asmerom [Rest In Peace] and Brhane the Ethiopian Ambassador [Forgot his last name] chillin and having a drink in a seemingly cocktail party? I wouldn’t be surprised if a picture goes around where Yemane Gebreab kickin it, say, with Sibhat Negga or Seyoum Mesfin as in for ‘ol time sake.

          • Beyan

            Dottore,

            “A third country” is a bone of contention for the opposition to squabble about, not for the vulgar pragmatist politicians like Higdef, which will have no qualms to go anywhere if they sense political opportunism, of course, with absolute blessings of the man at the helm. PFDJ doesn’t play venue tactics, that’s beneath it. It wouldn’t even surprise me if the negotiations are done in Amharic instead of, say, Tigrinya or English.

            When all is said and done, I just hope it is not a ploy or worse, a bait-and-switch, where he will give no wiggling room for the Gang of six (G6) with the intent of having them fail at their shuttle diplomacy – in the parlance of politicians known as gut-and-amend. Cautiously and carefully selecting the G6 – minus the man at the helm is part of that pragmatic dialogue strategy. You know, if and when the initial conversation hits a cul-de-sac, they will have the man at the helm going on his own doing the negotiations to show Eritrean public that he is that decisive leader. Nothing can be ruled out as to what the end goal might be with this man. After all, nobody dares question the man’s intent when he has already proven to them what happens to anybody who questions his “wisdom” – Survive or vanish at the man’s whim. That’s an awesome power that one individual can have over an entire nation through the yes-men leadership that knows nothing but be happy being from the Amen Corner and survive the onslaught that can come tumbling down without notice.

            Beyan

    • Paulos

      Selam Dr. Beyan,

      It certainly is a great day for Ethiopia but not sure if that is the case for Eritrea as well simply because the past patterns indicate otherwise. To be more precise, if his move is centered on the best interest of Eritrea that is.

      You said, the team should leave their ego behind….One would assume that if the team owns independent mind set where they wouldn’t have to call Isaias in the middle of the meeting to get an answer from him. Everything and anything is dictated by him as it was the case when the late Haile D’ruE had to leave the room frequently during the border negotiations.

      The question is, should any of the Opposition member be included in the meeting? Should the Opposition ask for it? Instead, the Opposition are going around to give interviews about the border in a bid to give a helping hand to Isaias where to the very least, they should have brought to light the fact that, it was him who started the war in the first place. And that is precisely the reason they are acting like a kid with a candy on site. ንኺድ ጥራሕ goes the motto.

      • Beyan

        Selam Dottore,
        Remarks duly noted! I am not sure if some such moves by opposition political groups were attempted would’ve been granted by Ethiopia for the simple reason that the fragile egos from the Asmara side would’ve gotten in the way, killing any possible negotiations on its track. You’ve aptly described it that the remote control will still remain in Asmara and an open phone-line is granted so the man at the helm will be there steering the conversation. You know, any missteps from the Team 6 will go straight to the dungeons if they move an inch beyond the directive that has been issued for them to follow.

        I am in complete agreement with your assessment about our opposition camps, were they to seize the rapidly galloping political horse and try to position themselves – to at least get some sort of a grant to seat as neutral observers – which would’ve been a mark of political maturity of the highest order, we are just not there yet. Any political animal would’ve smelled an opportunity not to be missed when some such earth shaking initiative came by way of PM Abiy two weeks ago no. All we heard was political horse-play at the barn and nowhere near where it matters most – to get attention from the man of the hour – PM Abiy Ahmed.

        • Paulos

          Selam Dr. Beyan,

          Of course, it is not realistic but as you know, making impression in politics is everything including creating momentum. As they say, there are no roads, for roads are made by walking. We live, we learn!

  • Abraham H.

    Selam Awatista, Congrats to all peace loving peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia on a day when the rays of peace and harmony have started to glow in the horizon. Let’s all hope that the persistence of zero sum political games ends and our peoples finally find the peace that they deserve so much.
    But I have a question, though, to the PFDJ hodge podges both inside and outsdie Eritrea, whatever happened to your mantra of demarcation first, and negotiation thereafter, on a day when your master finally responds to PM Abiy’s olive branch barely mentioning the border issue? To me and to all the observant Awatistas and other justice lovers, you have been and will continue to be a mere pappagallos who, instead of trying to use the capacity of your God given brains and decide for yourselves based on your critical thinking and conscience, you keep repeating and following whatever DIA throws at you, even if he does a complete u-turn. I hope this day will bring a useful lesson to your intellectual slave lives.

    • FishMilk

      Hi Abraham H. I am not from the PFDJ camp, but here is my take. 1) PIA has not indicated in any manner that he wishes to negotiate. And, he has not indicated his willlingness to negotiate in the past. Do not confuse his sending a good will (exploratory ) delegation to Addis Ababa to infer anything different. 2) The context has dramatically changed with the US now supporting Ethiopian withdrawal in view of changing gulf and HoA alliances; UAE has assumed a pivotal role. 3) HR128 on top of an economically weakened and vulnerable Ethiopia and rapidly decomposing TPLF structure that is on the run; 4) Nile river power play at work, and 5) A new Ethiopian PM that has now taken major decision against the grain of the TPLF and in process earned some level of respect from PIA/PFDJ.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Fishmilk,

        That is what exactly will say brother. But the truth of the matter is they were saying will sit in around table with Ethiopia without withdrawing from the occupied land. Whether you call it exploring to the situation or not sitting in a round table is always sitting in round table. It does not change its meaning. So it is a good advice to them as to why they change their mind to sit in around table. Isn’t it easy to say he had wrong policy and now forced to change it.

        • FishMilk

          Hi Amanuel Hidrat. I simply do not agree and the key word that you guys are playing with is ‘negotiate’. The delegation is not going to negotiate as PM Abiy has already given Ethiopia’s unconditional acceptance of the EEBC ruling.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Fishmilk,

            They lost their argument for not to sit in a round table. They are sitting. With sitting comes negotiation, and you will hear the swapping of land in the central region. Fishmilk, you are smart and knowledgeable person, you don’t need to defend their fiasco policy used to suppress our people,

        • Natom Habom

          selam aman
          yes you will never sit around the table because their is nothing for you
          than sovereignty of eritrea you want to spoil ,why you need ethiopia negotiation in an internal affair ??
          if you need ethiopia it means you are weak
          and if you are weak means you have no eritrean support
          then why you guys want to sitted by ethiopian on eritrean by force ,
          hager mishat yelen dihir lomi
          ,

    • Nitricc

      Hi Abraham; I know that you are known not to get things in real time but The Ethiopians declared we accept with out ifs and buts while your weyane left to lick their wounds. Give it up, PIA once again is a winner. It is amazing how PIA is bending so many of you. The weyane, the so-called opposition, sanction, no war no peace BS, the lists goes on and at the end, his way is the only way. Once again if this things didn’t go PIA’s way, no deal. I am just giving you that so you don’t have commit suicide. Long Live PIA!!!!

      • FishMilk

        Hi Nitricc. You hit it on the head mentioning Ethiopia now unconditionally accepting the EEBC decision whereas the TPLF initially refused and thereafter played games; being a never ending pathological liar.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Abraham,

      I hope your health is getting better by the day. We told them “demarcation first and dialogue later” mantra will not work, and here now they surrender to dialogue and will send a team to Addis. Few years ago the then PMHD told them to come to them to Asmara to talk about the border. He rejected it and call them to leave our occupied land. Now the choirs will change their songs. Where are those who were arguing they have to leave our land first, like Semere Tesfay, George ..etc? Where is their voices now? Anyway we shall see how the dialogue will go. If history is reference we have see twice in the unity negotiation between ELF and EPLF, he accepted only when he is cornered, and does not last for year to retreat from it. He now is cornered by his friend countries (UAE, Saudi ) and US to accept it. We will see when he retreat from it. The peace loving Ethiopian and Eritrean people should push at least the border issue to find a final resolution to it.

      • Alex

        Hi Amanuel,
        The difference is unlike PMMZ and PMHD the current gov of Ethiopia led by Abiy ahmed is unconditionally accepting the EEBC decision. So try not to be cute here .

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Alex,

          Unconditionally does not preclude negotiation and sitting in a round table. Suppose, if they sit to negotiate to swapp some lands, is it unconditional? Keep in mind, the Ethiopian Government dodn’t change from their demand for dialogue. The PM minister when asked in the parliament, he told them that there is no new thing than the parliament and his predecessors have laid down as “Ethiopia’s position” on the peace and border issue in the past. He said that he is simply implementing them now. So Alex just wait, you will see how they will implement the demarcation on the ground, to see if there isn’t negotiation in it or swapping lands, or whether he will retreat from it as he has done many times in the past.

  • saay7

    Selamat Awatistas:

    The owner of Eritrea, Inc has spoken and, we have a policy. Noteworthy:
    1. Second time I hear Isaias Afwerki mention a leader by name (Trump) and sympathetically at that: as someone enduring intense mockery & resistance for trying to reverse 3-admin’s destructive policies. Isaias is Trump’s favorite kind of foreign leader: an authoritarian.
    2. With respect to USA, he said that Eritrea will endeavor to engage (ክንሰርሕ ኢና) which he quickly amended to we have been engaged (ወይ ንሰርሕ ኣለና.) This leads credence to assertions that this has been in the works for some time (don’t be surprised if the US has a military base in the Red Sea: the key phrase is “without prejudice”); even the decision for Eritrean delegates to go to Addis instead of Ethiopian delegates coming to Asmara is probably the result of intense diplomatic negotiation for months.
    3. He mentioned this engagement with Ethiopia and US will be conducted in consultation with “our partners.” One can surmise he is talking about the Gulf States (Saudi Arabia, UAE)and that they had a say in the normalization of relations with them.
    4. The focus is on relationship normalization and complimentarity: demarcation is only a means to an end and barely mentioned.
    5. The Eritrean people– pro government and opposed–remain without voice or representation. (Its very likely that his audience of ministers and military officials were hearing the announcement for the first time along with us.) IA will consult with Gulf States, with the US, with Ethiopia but not with Eritreans. While the pro-government Eritreans appear to be perfectly content with this, those opposed to the government are not pleased about this, or seeing a country without constitution, parliament, and meaningful debate. But we don’t have an organization that can articulate our views as some have chosen to be silent and others have been engaged in an embarrassing display of me-tooism.
    6. Our prisoners of conscience remain in prison, our country has no constitution, there is no political space for anyone–not even the so-called PFDJ members–in Eritrea. What awaits is the same thing that brought about the change in Ethiopia: popular uprising.

    saay

    • Alex

      Hi Saay,

      Be happy for a day since there could be peace on the horizon between Eritrea and Ethiopia finally. The other stuff will come in due time which every Eritrean is eagerly waiting for the rule of law to be implemented by the hook or by the crook.

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear friends,
    I have been holding an opinion that IA would never make peace deal. Now he has done more than that. He is sending a delegation of 6 to Ethiopia. Two things to notice here: border is not demarcated and territorial transaction has not taken place yet. But IA is willing to talk, something he has been rejecting to do for years before demarcation. He is doing it because he thought that will weaken Tplf and Eprdf further. But truly, no real and organic peace or relationship can be made without the will between the peoples on the adjacent areas of the border. And Tplf has everything to do with bringing that kind of peace. That is one hard reality.
    My other point with this development is IA must have decided to transfer power. I am saying this out of knowing that IA will be unable and disinterested to lead peaceful but utterly broken Eritrea. Can you imagine IA dealing on issues of employment and deployment!
    At 70 what can he do to normalize and rehabilitate Eri? Not much! So he might think this will be a conclusive exit for him to enjoy the rest of his life with the much loot money.

    Think of these events: 3A flies to Saudi and UAE. He secured 5b USD from the former and some more from the latter. IA was there too. Then he comes and announces his move. IA didn’t respond for weeks. Tplf came out and hinted that the new decision was not about the border but a broader package. Today IA not just responded but broke to us that he is dispatching a delegation. Notice that IA never mentioned today about the border or the territories occupied. Notice also that how IA struggled to praise Trump for no reason. Today, 3A ululated back and thanked IA also saying he would roll a red carpet for the delegation. I refuse to believe these all are happening in happenstance because one move is leading to the other. I think everything sounds precooked.
    America hates the Chinese influence in Africa. They make no qualms about their strong desire to dislodge them out of Africa. Ethiopia is at the center of this equation. All my fingures point to Yamamoto. And I think Medrek are fully on board about what was brewing under. Maybe they are the ones being groomed to take over.

    • iSem

      Hi HA:
      Any solution to the border is good news to the people who have been stranded there for 20 years and especially if they get their wish: those who feel eritrean get their wish, those who feel ethiopian also get their wish.
      Peace and bilateral relationship is good for economics as well. But pfdj and IA have bigger problems on their hands and that is, you guessed it the internal problem, their mafia apparatus need to be dismantled. EPRDF did not have that problem, and new pm is dismantling the old mentality, the corruption and PMAA has decisively moved to release prisoners and admit the mistakes of past era. IA, even if envious of PMAAA tries to move in the same direction, he cannot, so the reason he once again bending backwards is because he is cornered.
      Power transfer, no way, power transfer that brings about the desired change has process and not abrupt and whimsical. Although ppl think that PMAA ‘s moves are earth shattering, they are not. Ethio has somehow been preparing for this, it was the old guard that resisted. The ethnic make up that created EPRDE and saved ethiopia has over extended its shelf life, and still they have lots of things to do like dissolve EPRDF and create a party based on ideological and interest groups for the next phase. Eri has not prepared for any power transfer, but if you mean he is tired and wants to entrust the mantel to some one who can shepherd his legacye, that is different story and it may well be

      He once again used his signature attitude of insulting eritreans, on June 20, the somber day of rememberance he devoted it to politics and the martyrs were given two lines. he mentioned them 2 times and mentioned ethio 8 times
      Any peace is better than the stalemate we have but if that is at the expense of the larger issue that eritreans aspired for the last 50 years, aspiration of peace, rule of law, justice then IA’s peace deal will only elongate pfdj’s tyranny with or without him at the helm
      If the Eritreans opposition were preparing for this day, PMAA has just pulled the rug from IA’s feet and they could have toppled him right now

    • Amde

      Hi Hayat,

      “Five Days of Yamamoto” sounds like a great movie title.

      I doubt Isayyas sees himself retired.

      What do you think would be the appropriate inducement for him to go back on his word of No Dialog?

      Amde

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei Hayat.
      It was woyane which wanted the Badme drama more than shabia. Before tplf and eplf were together (ባንድ ቂጥ ካላራን ሲሉ በነበሩበት ጊዜ)at least in Ethiopia (1991-98) eplf was bossing around woyanes because woyane was minority in Ethiopia and shabia was majority in Eritrea. But the majority in Ethiopia did not understand why tplf prioritized shaibians or Eritreans for that matter. The fact was that the shabians who settled in Ethiopia have had a better know how the psychology of Ethiopians (they were Ethiopians a year ago was not it) than the uneducated tplf soldiders and cadres. If my memory serves me right it was the Eritreans which facilitatied the first Ethiopian ‘democratic’ election and the result was almost the same as the referendum of Eritrea only this time they were working the ground work of cementing the woyane government. Oh Shabians what we have done to you to deserve woyane!! Funny thing was that those woyanse who ‘won’ the first ‘democratic’ election (mengistu had the same kind of election without the help of shabians :)) were the ones kicking shabians and civil Eritreans out of Ethiopia.

      Tplf one of the most crook political/ rebel party as they love calling themselves in Ethiopia blew Badme problem out of proportion meaning from border skirmish to a full blown war. The reason was tplf used the badme as a disguise to take over Assab. Only the trial made number one enemy of Ethiopia (being number two shabia; tplf is number one because they killed Ethiopians helping foreigners) which fought Ethiopians together with Shabia baptized as Ethiopian.

      Fast forward now while the PM working hard to liberate EPRDF from tplf meaning undoing all the evils of tplf’s deed, woyanes want to make war out of Badme just the opposite of all Eritreans and Ethiopians except Tigray or Woyane. (i have no statistics on Tigrians, the last i remember Tigray is woyane, woyane is Tigray)

      Why tplf use all these evils deed, betraying its own people in Eritrea, betraying Ethiopians etc because its feudal thinking making Tigray first by extorsins other ethnic wealth/property. Tplf couldnt do with power because it hasnt. Either it has to drop its feudal thinking or continue to make war between any ones. We who are no tigrians in Eritrea or Ethiopai are the unfortunate. The Tigrians at least have shown us that they belong at least shabia or woyane but we the non-tigrians are the loosers.

    • saay7

      Selamat Hayat:

      Your reference to PM Abiye (3A) message of peace (in Tigrinya!) welcoming the address by IA as “ululate back” made me smile. I don’t know why it is funny but it made me smile.

      My assumption:

      1. Yamamoto was not going to Eritrea to explore normalization but to finalize the deal. The deal had been cooking since IA sent a congratulatory letter to Trump after his inauguration (more on this, including the the content of the deal I hope to write about time/discipline willing);
      2. I think IA’s silence may have had something to do with another constituency: Gnbot 7 and the other Eritrea-based Ethiopian oppo. Today (same day as IA speech), Gnbot 7 issued a statement saying its packing to go home.
      3. Ethiopia has joined its neighbors (Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan) in the UAE-satellite-states.
      4. No comment on Medrek and other ቅጭ-bringers, for now. Hope we can retire any claim that we have an organized opposition. No evidence for it.

      I think you should take a swim in the PM Abiye water, Hayat. Jump in: it is warm and fuzzy:) Anyone who frees thousands of prisoners (imagine the pain of their families); lifts an arbitrary State of Emergency; takes complete ownership for the predatory state Ethiopia had become and asks for forgiveness from the people for it; opens up political space to his citizens; relegates TPLF to its natural role as indicated by its name (Tigray advocacy), and defrosts a frozen peace agreement with Eritrea deserves to be forgiven for occasionally pretending that a line from Mark Twain (no difference between those who don’t read books and those who are illiterate) is all his. No?

      saay

      • Admiral,

        “Tesenei the contraband capital of Eritrea???” Could never happen. Watch wacha say about ma home town homie!

        In fact Hayat Adem ‘s knowledge of the bigger package she failed to mention
        the mega trade deal of sending Lebron James to Tesenei with Kevin Durant going to North Korea and Denise Rodman returning to an expanded NBA. Eritrean The Teseney Akateers Gorgur Spinsters and Nortb Korkea Ho Chi Minh Trailblaisers Freed Prisoners — short name 72ers as new teams for 2018 season. Pres Trump signed the nba deal with Kim yo where you at?

        As long as all future nba champs agree to visit 3A @ TripleA Cafe on Awate Arena. yeah da house was built for the new franchise 3A Abiye long ago PM3A hosting champions at awate TripleA Cafe…

        Come on Admiral you can throw a bone to ya boy here ya know.. give it three days for the above to unscramble and make sense

        7Dueces tSAtSE

        • saay7

          Haha TSaTSe:

          No really, your hometown Tessenei is the contraband capital. Truck drivers were going there to buy tires. That’s what Enda hgdef are experts at: illicit trade. They just rotate the capital depending whom they are fighting. Like Al Davis and The Oakland Raiders.

          Now that Sudan ዕሽግሽግ ኢላ after the two alligators got from each what they want (Sudan wanted to shut down one of its three fronts, Eastern, in its three pronged civil war and made peace with Eritrea; and Eritrea wanted an alternate trade partner with Ethiopia shut down and and the marriage of convenience crumbled), its time for Isaias to find a new landlord so Asab to UAE and the islands to America but there is a big vacancy sign in Massawa and he has Ethiopian letter of recommendation (Gnbot-7) of his intent to show Ethiopia it is its preferred tenant.

          Remember, as Hayat said, there was no talk about “demarcation” about the delegation going to Addis. So not only is it NOT “demarcation before dialog” it is “dialogue while demarcating”; it is “dialogue now….and demawhat?” So what chsnged? The answer from meskerem.net in a Facebook post: “Who cares?”

          I think that’s one of Eritrea’s narratives: why do today what you can do a decade later? Gobyeism.

          saay

          • Amde

            Hi saay,

            So.. you see PFDJ illicit trade back on the Ethio Eritrea border?

            Was that not the real cause of the Badme war? That would lead me to amend you and say: “why not do today what you disastrously did over a decade? ”

            The “delegation to talk” seems to me a publicity stunt.. with much talking having already happened behind the scenes. Just a hunch.

            Amde

          • saay7

            Ato Amde:

            Of course the delegation is a show (that’s why I compared it to the imaginary constitution drafting committee he announced 3 years ago.) When he announced that, he paused for applause and you can see the giddy noises from the ministers (“the cabinet”) sitting front row hearing it for the first time. The whole thing was naked months ago.

            On contraband and PFDJ. You know the expression: fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, PFDJ gotta swindle. Only the partners change.

            saay

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Saay,

            Now we have to assume PMAA is agreeing to be a partner in the crimes of IA? And he will do so while TPLF is still there?

            What’s there for Ethiopia? The people of Tigray?

            And for Trump administration, Africa, Eritrea / Ethiopia is priority. They are picking fights with their G7 allies (including Canada the single largest trading partner) where Canada is looking elsewhere (China) and he cares about China being in Africa?

            Half of the state department is empty, there is no embassy in many countries that are still empty?

            And Yamomoto was gone a week later after his tour? I think it was more like goodbye tour rather than working tour.

            I agree G7 may have something to do with it.

            Berhe

          • saay7

            Selamat Berhe:

            Here’s how shabait translated what IA said with respect to the purpose of the Eritrean delegation. Those who say the intent is not dialog can also read along:)

            The complimetarity of both peoples and countries, their common bilateral interests and prosperity, are sacrosanct objectives to which we have toiled and paid sacrifices for two generations. As such, it remains a priority for which we will be actively engaged. For this reason, and outside myopic considerations of public relations stunts and advantages, we will send a delegation to Addis Abeba to gauge current developments directly and in depth as well as to chart out a plan for continuous future action.

            So, in plain English:

            Complementarity: Ethiopia has something Eritrea needs; Eritrea has something Ethiopia needs

            PMAA is a decent enough guy, but he is an Ethiopian Prime Minister looking out for the interest of Ethiopia, agree? if IA gives him Massawa, he is not going to say, “oh, let’s see, what about the interest of Eritreans? Are you sure I can make this deal? Do you Isaias have their consent?” He will be a partner. And with that as his priority, he will look the other way on what he considers small stuff. As for PFDJ’s capacity to swindle and operate in the grey market, the whole reason the Eritrea-Sudan border came to a screeching halt is because Omar Albashir arrested dozens of PFDJ “activists.” The PFDJ doesn’t know the first thing about running a peace-time economy, but it has a long history in war-time economy and war profiteering.

            Trump…well there are two Trumps. At least two:) There is the Trump that speaks of pulling the US out of all its international bases and focusing on MAGA. And then there is the intensely competitive, Check-China, reverse-Obama guy, peace-through-strength guy. A military base in Eritrea, a country headed by a strongman who hates Obama, to check China in Djibouti? He is all in.

            Yamamoto was always going to go, Berhe. His title was the Acting Deputy Undersecretary. He had done the same job for Obama. He was the definition of deep state.

            Anyway, if you dismiss everything I said, pay particular attention to the excerpt from the speech as to why the delegation is going. (We won’t know who they are, by the way, until Ethiopian media tells us:)

            saay

          • Abi

            Hi Saay
            I can’t wait to see if these 6 men are going to negotiate on matters of highest importance or just playing a delivery crew bringing prepackaged, preapproved and sealed deals.
            I like to believe the latter.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Abi,

            I can tell you these crew will be bringing the prepackaged and preapproved sealed deal.

            Here is how it goes:

            IA will ask, PMAA what is that you want:

            And PMAA will ask all that he wanted. And IA will say, you got all you want plus we will give other matters that are more important to the Ethiopian people that you haven’t thought about as bonus with nothing in return.

            Haven’t I told you, IA cares more about the importance of Ethiopian people interest rather than his people.

            Saay, this time, IA and shabait will tell us first the Ethiopian delegation have left for Addiss, Because they know the twitter savvy chief of stuff of PM will not wait to announce it to the world.

            Berhe

          • saay7

            Haha Berhe Y:

            Unless it’s photoshopped, I saw Ethiopian and Eritrean flags flying in the poles of road to Bole Airport in Addis.

            Meanwhile, the tortoise is probably fund-raising for the tickets of his delegates who will go to UAE-DC-Addis.

            On the Eritrean oppo in Addis, IA is only focused on the ones with arms: DMLEK and Red Sea Afar. That will be another test for young PMAA.

            saay

          • Amde

            Hello saay,

            This deserves an upvote even if just for the phrase “Grand PanHoA Plan”

            The phrasing of “complementarity of the two peoples.. we struggled and paid sacrifices for” makes me want to puke. As Ethiopians, we say.. “.. really.. so you struggled and caused the deaths of so many is for that? silly me, I thought it was to split off and get away from the Ethiopians that were oppressing and holding you back…”

            I would imagine if I were an Eritrean who lost family in Ghedli, I would be enraged he would have the audacity to say it on memorial day.

            But, what do I know. Apparenly there are a few shekels to be made.

            Amde

          • Selam Amde,

            You were right, somebody was pulling the strings from behind, and this somebody must be authoritative and rich to whom dia could not say “no”. The regional rich arab states and the eu, most probably both of them together, and each for its own reasons, are most probably the forces that set in motion the whole event.

            Complementary, common bilateral interests, continuous future actions…. Could anybody anticipate such words coming from the mouth of the dictator. Wow.

            Ethiopians and eritreans are going to get new suits or something traditional for the occasion, EAL will be over-booked both directions, addis – asmara, ethiopians and eritreans may have to refresh their knowledge of each others dances for that day, and you might find difficult to say who is who when you see them smiling to each other. Only few days ago i was saying each must go its own way. One has to be a clairvoyant to read the future in politics.

            Dia is going to say again what border, and if asked about the wall his supporters were dreaming to build, he is going to tell them, they must be crazy.

            Oh my God, I remembered YG’s “the circular journey in search of ethiopia”. Can the present situation be explained this way? Is it afterall, አልሄዱም ዞር አሉ፣ thing? I do not know and i can’t say anything. I think we are all intrigued.

            Eritrea needs a lot of shekels to stand on her feet. Demobilization is going to require money and reviving the economy too, and i hope the oil rich arab states and the eu are going to be there. I believe that the crazy trump has nothing to do with this.

            Eritreans have to be practical and forward looking to the future and not backwards worshiping identity and nationalism, which did not bring either peace or economic prosperity. Can one say, welcome back from the cold to the real world. If so, look who is saying it, dia, of all eritreans, the same person who had eritreans behind the iron curtain for almost three decades.

            Just unbelievable! Let us wait for tomorrow. It is going to be a different day.

          • Amde

            Selam Horizon

            Just this past weekend I heard there were plans for Ethiopian Airlines flights to Asmara possibly starting as early as July. I thought (still think) it bonkers and extremely unlikely so soon.

            But now I am wondering if the clock on Team Lemma and Abiy ascendancy didnt start much earlier than the April coronation. Remember, last year during the rise of the popularity of Lemma Megersa, Abiy was just the amiable sidekick in the public’s eye.. But people I talked to said Abiy was the mastermind behind Lemma. There was a campaign song for Lemma when it seemed he was the OPDO candidate for EPRDF chair, but when they swapped places with Abiy, the Abiy campaign song came out literally in days.

            Would it be paranoid of me to think that events are moving too fast to be something started just three months ago?

            It feels like an unbelievable fairytale season. I can’t wait to read the books (hopefully) of the inside story.

            Enjoy this honeymoon – it has gone on longer than I had dared to hope. At some point some hard choices will be made and some constituencies will become foes. Until that day though we can enjoy history being made.

            Amde

          • saay7

            Selamat Amde:

            It will take a MaHmuday-type of editorial to cover it in depth (and now that Gheteb is here he may do it), but as far as Eritrea-Ethiopia relations go, IA has been talking about “complementarity”, and “beyond borders”, for as long as he has been talking. Do not be surprised with a proposal for co-federation between Eritrea and Ethiopia. On our side of the Mereb, all the voices that would normally say: hold on a minute, let’s pause, let’s take inventory, let’s clean our house first are long disappeared or killed. And all the “let’s build a wall!” “Demarcation now!” will fall in line or fight yesterday’s wars: Weyane Weyane Weyane.

            IA has already planted subliminal phrase (“Game over!”) which he has said in interviews and in his address on June 20 which will, in time, morph into “IA had declared the end of Weyane is coming and he made it happen. Game over! What a prophet” in the mind of his followers. They will forget, if they know at all, he had been saying that since 2005.

            But that’s mundane politics. The question is: what do the people want? PM Abiye has said he will consult with the people and their representatives before he makes any new moves. Some opposition party, some media will at least have something to say about it. We will see. (Notice how cleverly PM Abiye reframed Eritrea’s Martyr Day as commemorating Eritrea’s journey towards DEMOCRACY..) In Eritrea, there is no such consultation. The closest thing we have to that is PFDJ officials holding a seminar and telling the people what happened, after it happened (a monologue, on subjects they choose.)

            What is supposed to be a day to honor those who died in pursuit of Eritrean independence because a day to discuss complementarity and visiting Addis (not Ethiopia which included Tigray.) Remember the Mel Brooks movie and the line “it’s good to be the king!”? It’s good to be the king, even if you call urself President.

            saay

          • Amde

            Hi saay,

            I think what the people want is covered by this piece. End of the war situation, minimum civilian disruption, give them a voice and choice in the process.

            Tigrayans living away from the border want commerce to start, which implies normalization, which I am skeptical PFDJ wants.

            The Mel Brooks movie you referenced (History of the World Part 1) has a skit about “The Ethiopian Shim-Sham” It is fancy footwork to get out of a jam.

            hahaha…nice right?

            Amde

          • woldeab

            Amde.
            Where in Ethiopia?
            125 th Street and not in Eri bekentu!

          • Amde

            Hi Woldeab,

            I love the IrriBekentu & 125th reference. That movie is one of my guilty pleasures, and when I first saw Gregory Hines doing his thing I was convinced he was Abesha.

            The Ethiopian Shim Sham is going to be televised live this Saturday from Mesqel Square.

            This thing started off as a ticked off counter-demo but it is fast becoming a coronation and a celebration.

            Amde

          • saay7

            Selam Amde:

            We should ask Awatista’s “Peace!” what peace means to our people.

            Dr. Bereket Berhane Woldeab, who writes at awate and practices medicine in Ethiopia and visits Eritreans at refugee camps in Tigray twice a year, was expounding on the word “peace”, in his interview with Erena. He says that what UNHCR asks the refugees is, “what would it take for you to go back home?” and their answer is “peace.” So, he talked to an Eritrean who had migrated to Sudan, and then migrated from Sudan to Ethiopia (when Isaias-Bashir were in their honeymoon and Isaias’s security services were hunting* Eritreans) and asks him, “what does peace mean to you?” And the Eritrean says, “Peace is peace! It means the ability to work, make a living, support your family….” and he goes on and on to explain: NORMALITY. A country free from not just war but predatory state: that is what peace means to Eritreans.

            saay

            * Every time Isaias reconciles with Sudan or Ethiopia, Eritreans who are not in the good graces of the government are victimized. Because this normalization is going at the speed of light, if you are detecting dread from some quarters, it is because they fear what’s coming. Otherwise, who in their right mind can be against peace?

          • iSem

            Hi Saay:
            “Every time Isaias reconciles with Sudan or Ethiopia, Eritreans who are not in the good graces…….”
            Exactly!!,PMAA like any good leader he is in it for the interest of Ethiopia and notwithstanding his speeches of peace and the bygone era, the eritrean journey to democracy etc, if he gets a good deal from IA, a deal that may help his country achieve its goals of staying together, of prospering, of strengthening its some what atrophied muscle, he will look the other way when PFDJ does what it did during its honey moon with TPLF, not even sparing business men as Melkias M narrated first hand. Dr BB may not even be immune. And this peace may help PFDJ prosper and that means more money for the expansion of Ela-Ela with state of the art equipment
            Ethiopia is in it for its own sake as it should be. it is is too early to tell but this moment was going to happen, it was a matter of time and the opposition did not build its fosters, and this could mean the end of the justice seeking movement and the diaspora from afar has less power. If this peace deal goes through, watch for IA to announce major development initiatives that will harness the youth once again to the PFDJ yoke, just like he did with Warsay Ykeakalo project. Those in the camp of IA will be denied excuse will once forget when IA creates a new excuse not to implement the const

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Saay,

            Do you know what I am longing to see: when the despot breaths his last breath, how the “Nihna Nisu” will cry endlessly for weeks, where the men doing ድጓዓ and the women pulling off their hairs – a reaction for the lose of their kings.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Saay,

            Issayas and his lieutenants had never go by long strategic interest of our nation. They always go by short strategic interest that works for them. The despot doesn’t care for all the double talk he made and the switching position from time to time, as far as he has choirs that sing with the tunes of their master (the Nehna Nisu), without questioning what he was saying before. The demarcation will not be in his agenda, rather he is going for normalization, the old strategy “ዶብ ዘየብሉ ብርኪዝምድና” will come up to the front loading of his agenda to project his ambition (አርሓ ዞባ ቅርኒ አፍሪቃ).

            Now he got an inexperienced partner, and sure enough, I can visualize how he will play his game in the integration PMAA is calling for the countries of the Horn. That will be a fertile ground for the despot to extend his power in the region. This is me think about the prospect of game change on the despot’s policy.

          • ሰላማት ኣድመራል ሳኣኣይ7፡

            ምስ ባራቶለ ጡጥ (ኮቶን ማለት አዩ፡) ፋብሪካ አስቃጥላ ኮሚደረ ምስ ካሎኦት ቨርዱራ ሓምለ ቁስጣ፡ ክትግንዘቦ ዘለካ; ናይ ጎማ (ራበር ትሪ) ኣታኽልቲ ንልምዓትን ሃብቲ ሃገር ምድላብን፡ ተባሂሉ፡ ዝተትኽለ ዝራአቲ ሎሚ ምቅሊቱ ብ መጠን ከ ከም ነፍሲ ወከፍ ወድ ሃገር ብጉልበቱን ገንዘቡን ኣበርክቱ፡ ክስበት ይከፋፍል ኣሎ። ፊካስ ኢላስቲካ ዝበሃል ኣግራብ ጎማ ንፋብሪካታት ሽዳን ንይ ተሽከርከርቲ ዕንክሊል ሳአኒ ከብቲ ዛዕዛዕቱ ተኣኪቡን ተመልሚሉን ኣብ ግብሪ ይውዕል ኣሎ። ስለዚ ን ዓባይ ባርካ ሰቲት ዋና ከተማ ናይ ኤርትረያን ኢኖቨሽን፡ ከተማ ተሰነይ ከይዶም ጎማ ንዓበይት ጎንድራን መካይኖም ጎማ ይገዝ’ኡ ኣለው ክትብል ኮለኻ፡ ንሓቅነት ምዕባለ ዓባይ ተሰነይ ኢኻ ተረጋግጽ ዘሎኻ። (ዱ ኣይሳውንድ ላይክ አ ኩዊንትሰንሻል ፐአፍዲጀይስም?)
            ” Truck drivers were going there to buy tires. ”

            ፌርማ ፊስካ ኢላስቲካ ገረብ ጎማ።

            ጻጸ

    • Abraham H.

      Selam Hayat Adem, I agree with your opinion that we Eritreans cannot have a meaningful peace and tranquility with our neghbouring Ethiopians by ignoring or bypassing our immediate neighbors, the Tigrayans and the Ethiopian Afars who have a land border with us. Besides, we should not engage in the business of messing with internal Ethiopian political affairs; it would not bode well to any positive relationship, esp. when such interferences are driven by the Eritrean despot.

      • Alex

        Hi Abraham,
        You have to be real hear. Are you talking about our Tigrayan neighbours led by TPLF that hold the EEBC ruling hostage for 16 years and working day and night to isolate and sanction our country. I believe it is right to work with central gov led by PMAH and ignore TPLF, since all the change is coming from him.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Facing reality is oftentimes tough. Many here have for years only focused on a scenario that only considers the complete removal removal of PIA/PFDJ. With Ethiopia’s agreement to withdraw, it s obvious that at least for the short-to-medium term, that PIA/PFDJ will in fact remain in power. Instead of pouting and behaving like little kids, get a grip on yourselves, move forward in a positive direction and stragetize on ways to get the best/most from what will soon be the de facto reality on ground

  • Haile S.

    Dear Awatistas,
    Eritrea sending a delegation to Ethiopia is a great news to hear on martyr’s day. Isayas’s initiative need to be taken as genuine as Abiy’s. If we are to speculate a hidden agenda behind Isayas’s, we can do equally on Abiy’s too. My thoughts now is how this deligation is travelling to Addis. By land passing through Mekelle? It would have been great and symbolic if TPLF genuinely asks the people to hold the Eritrean flag instead of something else. By air using Eritrean airlines? Would be another great symbol provided any flight ban is publically lifted beforehand.

  • Paulos

    ሰላም ንኹሉኹም,

    ኣነ ብወገነይ ኣቶ ኢሳያስ ኣፈወርቂ ሕነ ከይፈደየ ክድቅስ እዩ ዝብል ፍጹም እምነት የብለይን። እቲ ዝበሎ ናይ ልኡኻት ምስዳድ ናይ ጉልባብ መመኽነይታ ተዘይኮይኑ ናይ ሰላም ተበጉሶ ኣለዎ ኢለ ክኣምን የጸግመኒ ምኽንያቱ ከምቲ ኣቦታትና ዝበልዎ ብተመን ዝተነኽሰ ብልሕጺ ተዳህለ ስለዝኾነ። ነስተውዕል ንሕሰብ ብስምዒት ኣይንደፋእ ምኽንይቱ ካብ ተመን ማዓር ክርከብ ስለዘይካኣል።

    • Desbele

      Hi Paulos,
      I feel the same. Do you listen to YG’s SBS with Saay ? He raised interesting point that DIA may accept peace and negotiate with Ethio but with no intention to let go his cruel hands off the people of Eritrea.
      People should demand at least release of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience as fervently as they do for Badme.
      Sadly , what i sense is that DIA would each of the next 2-3 years tell us
      ምምልካት ዶብ ተጊህና ንሰርሓሉ ኣለና which would imply Slavery would go on.

      • Paulos

        Selam Desbele,

        Yes I did listen to the interview and I must say that it was disappointing! Both of them didn’t even put into consideration the scenario where the Eritrean people could rise up against the cruel man’s rule. Moreover, YG’s take was too hypothetical where the Asseb scenario he raised is implausible to say the least. The bittomline is, as long as the cruel man is still in power, to assume that peace will prevail in the region and particularly to assume that, the Eritrean people will finally find a break is to crave for more screwups for years to come. Let’s get real!

        • Saleh Johar

          Paulos,
          Just to register my appreciation of your clear position on the circus 🙂

          • Paulos

            Selam Ayay,

            You see the illusion? People are going nuts with excitement when in fact, nothing has changed in Eritrea. It is Ethiopia that is doing drastic changes. If one could make sense into their head, prisoners are still languishing in underground dungeons, no rule of law, no constitution what do ever. Now, how in the world are they expecting for things to go back to normalcy when the very person who screwed Eritrea over and over again is still doing the bidding? If this is not pretty messed up, not sure what is.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Paulos,

            I don’t think anyone is expecting that IA will be doing any good for Eritrea. Let’s go back and compare IA today when Ethiopia was under Derg. The same Ethiopians that have resisted against EPRDF were probably in the same situation as Eritreans find themselves today under IA.

            But lots of things have happened in Ethiopia to see Ethiopia where it is today.

            Now I am not suggesting that Eritrea needs to go the same process and the length of time, but any change is a step forward to where we wanted to be.

            What I think we need to focus next is, what is that we need to do next to stay relevant to fight the regime, now that the boarder issue is resolved. This is better now that it was 2 months ago so we have to find a way to exploit the situation to our advantage.

            Berhe

          • Paulos

            Selam Berhino,

            Let me ask you a question. Did you hear anything from him that is relevant to the internal situation in Eritrea? Did he say anything remotely related to the concerns and grievances of the Eritrean people? None! Now, how do you expect the things that you said about focusing on what to do next is going to change from before? I don’t think this is a rocket science to grasp the essence. We are at a moment when a kid gets excited of a candy on site. If you have any new focus in mind, it ought to be—he needs to leave power and hand it to the people!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Dr Paulos,

            “ we are at a moment when a kid gets excited of candy on site”. What a fitting expression it is. See how and what they think. if the border issue is resolved, all the domestic problem will be solved as if that was the problem for all our domestic problem. We have seen them they easily excited and easily frustrated in the past. This will not be different as far as the despot will be at the helm of power. He has been worshiped and will remain worshiped by the highlanders who guarded his power till this hour.

            Second, absolutely there will be no change in Eritrea whatsoever from the meeting of PMAA and the despots delegates. May be at one point of time, those who were fighting for the custodian of PFDJ party will have it. And you know who these people are.

          • Paulos

            Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

            It is just amazing! In his speech, he went on bashing the Weyanes and the same language is going on here in this forum as well not from Ethiopians who have grudges toward the Weyanes but from people who claim to be Eritrean Opposition. They say, PFDJ and TPLF are the same. PM Abiye is where he is because of TPLF! A generation is destroyed in Eritrea because of PFDJ! That is the glaring difference one can not deny.

            And these people instead of focusing on the key issues that is relevant to the Eritrean people, that is, lack of basic rights including rule of law, they are issuing statements about the border as if that was the real deal. Isaias the born genius keeps beating them in his own game. Sad, sad and sad!

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Paulos and AH,

            No body said, IA and PFDJ will solve our internal problems. I will be happy to see the boarder issue resolved and even with PFDJ normalize it’s relation ship. At the surface, you think this will benefit IA but honestly this will benefit the Eritrean people.

            For example, if we look at the individual level, be it those in national service, those parents of their kids in national service will start to challenge, how long we have to put up with national service. Now that there is peace we do not to be here for ever.

            It’s natural thing to think, before (even I know it was hallow excuse) the regime had some sort of justification, our lands are occupied, and those who support the regime, they were fanning propaganda that our enemy was coming, they want to undo Eritrean independence.

            Have you guys had a chance to have real conversation of former Eritrean youth who spend years in Sawa. Their thinking (those majority that I spoke to, including my family members) are pretty much the same. Until Ethiopia is occupying our land, the endless sawa is justified. And they are, majority of them, against having any relationship with Ethiopia as long as the boarder issue was not settled.

            So we have to work with what we have…and what is changed or what will be changed is, the excuse the regime have and that could probably help the people rise against it.

            Again, I am not expecting anything to come or change from PFDJ.

            Berhe

          • Haile S.

            Selam Paul and all,
            In the current situation of Eritrea, don’t expect the prisons there to be stormed in a night. If there was that duability, it would have been done before. There will be a time for it and for many things more especially if the people see a solid opposition ship readily floating to jump over. Now you want to see the mountain that came out of Isayas’s mouth to be a mole. That is fine, let it be, considering the many bins of injustice that are still remaining sealed in that country. But, I haven’t seen or read a lot of people here taking Isayas’s and his party as the Messiah for Eritrea. Weren’t we expecting him to respond positively to PM Abiy? That is what he did albeit without completely cleaning his throat. And I think, people here are expressing their favorable turnover of the situation. Taking people as getting excited for Isayas’s Candies is not a helping strategy either.

          • Kaddis

            Gash Paulos,
            Berhe expression of Ethiopia during Derg is spot on. Maybe now that Isayas is in talking terms with US; try lobbying the Senate or whatever. Cause now the issue of lifting the sanctions may follow and you can capitalize on that. Just a thought

          • Paulos

            Selam Kaddis,

            Suppose Isaias gets the sanctions lifted. Then what? What is in there for the Eritrean people? The country is essentially frozen in time if not it has gone back to the stone-ages if you will.

            Nation building starts with state building as in basic political institutions. What we have in Eritrea is the collapse of the social fabric where mistrust among the people has become a cultural entity to the extent of being accepted as normal. When this macabre reality is the elephant in the room, what is good of building good relations with the nations in the region.

            Remember, PM Abiy’s intellectual edifice is built not on “Democracies do not go to war against each other” instead, “Integrated economies do not go to war against each other.” As such, Ethiopia is looking after its own narrow interest. If people think that the young PM is an idealist, they need to think twice. If the Eritrean people are hoping that the young PM is there to reach out to them, they need to think twice. And if they still hope that Isaias’ move is for the best interest of the Eritrean people, “Those who don’t remember the past……..” comes to mind.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Paulo,

            Can you please take time and try to give us your opinion and what do you think the best alternatives are at this current moment?

            Forgive me but you sound like you were waiting for Ethiopia/TPLF to do the dirt job for us, and Moe that they are not, you seem to lose all hope.

            Berhe

          • Paulos

            Selam Berhino,

            It was never my position. I have always been against external intervention. That was precisely the reason my disagreements with YG among other things.

            What I am trying to say is, the new development doesn’t mean much, simply because, there is no much in it for the Eritrean people. There is no much in it for the thousands who are languishing in underground prisons. There could be something of a concrete for the Eritrean people, when Isaias hands power to the people. And they need to ask for it.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Paulo,

            I am sorry and I apologize.

            The only thing I would suggest is, what needs to be done is our all responsibility and that includes the thinking and the charting of our course.

            The way I see it, I see an opportunity that needs to be exploited. Just because the boarder issue is resolved, it doesn’t mean the people thirst for freedom will go to sleep.

            When reform started, how ever small the demands gets bigger and the regime give in and slowly gets defeated. Now it’s not exactly reform in Eritrea, but even if the economic changes comes, it will help people to think what will be more to come and not what they could lose.

            So I think with all your thinking brain power, I think we need you to think and help advice how to fight the regime with what we have.

            PMAA message to IA in Tigrinya targets the suffering our people are going through and it’s a huge message, let’s capitalize on it.

            Berhe

          • Kaddis

            Gash Paulos,
            I understand. But Isayas do not want it’s next moves to be obstructed by the US. If I extend this argument, I can establish an influence of Ethiopian government recent changes to the HR 128 resolution. So try to lobby the same effective lobbyists Isayas use to be part of the small changes and consultations

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Paulos Nebsi,
            I warned all about the jumping ship many times before, until a week ago. Just get prepared to see many aquintances off on their way to Adi Halo to pay homage. Good riddance. They have been hindering our meaningful struggle sometime with double standards, other times calling themselves the silent majority. Devoid of any principles or commitment to anything that matters. Disgusting lots. The tradition of Wedo-Geba goes on.

        • halafi mengedi

          Paulos,

          As I have said before, if the two countries can close this chapter, it may not bring the kind of peace we imagine between the two, but I also think it takes away one potent factor for war. So, my sentiment, as that of many others, is cautiously optimistic. I hope people are also ready for gridlocks and disagreements etc as we go through the process.

          For Eritrea, i dont think we will see a lot of change. I actually think the scenario YG put out is very realistic (a rare agreement with YG for me). But, i am rooting for your position that people will rise. After all, the Abiy’s effect on Eritreans is palpable.

          hm

          • Amde

            Selam hm, Paulos

            Can you give us a short summary on YGs scenario?

            Many Thanks

          • halafi mengedi

            Amde

            Not a direct translation but the gist of YG’s scenario is: IA will give some of access to Ethiopia to Asseb (may be UAE operated port, my speculation) and continue his tight grip on the rest of Eritrea. This will ensure happy existence of IA with Ethiopia, he gets badme and keeps UAE happy (as it seems they are mediating things). Because Asseb is far away from the center of Eritrea, the movement in/out of Ethiopia won’t have any effect on the rest of Eritrea. He also suggested IA won’t allow usage of Massawa by Ethiopia. Again, because that means the movement of people in/out of Ethiopia through the heart of Eritrea will threaten his power. Also, YG suggested that since tigray would have been the beneficiary of massawa, closing that route will ensure they dont benefit (i think this is a little far fetched).

            I am sure others will correct me if I made mistake.

            hm

          • Amde

            Thank you hm,

            It is plausible, but does not answer what he can deal with the demobilization.

            Thanks

          • halafi mengedi

            Amde,

            I think I answered this question to you before. In three words: wefri warsai yikealo (warsai yikealo campaign).

            hm

        • Desbele

          Hi Paulos,
          Yes , the Asseb scenario is implausible.
          But his reminder to Eritreans how they need to watch out Shaebia’s move on the peace deal is on spot.
          BTW, I dont believe the Eritrean people lack cause to rise up the dictatorship. The unrelenting totalitarian grip just dont allow it. They are damn brutal and have made us too weak to rise up.

        • Hope

          Selam Paulos:
          But why all these pessimism?
          Isn’t it BETTER than keeping silent and keep looking for excuses to prolong the Eri-Ethiopia enemity.?
          Who expected that PIAS will send a delegation to Addis out of blue when we all have been cursing PIA that he kept mute for Dr Abiy’s call but only to unlock the door in a week or two?
          Let us give him some time.
          The Post-Ethio-Eritrea peace deal status in Eritrea also mainly or even solely depends on the Eritreans, not just on PIA.
          Let us blame ourselves or get ready as FishMilk called for.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Yes Dr. Paulos,

      I 2nd you..

      KS,,

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei.

    Still you believe that the Eritreans struggle is the decisive fact for the change Ethiopia has been going through. In fact Eritrean independence war sabotaged Ethiopians struggle if we dont forget how Mengistu used the war to undermine the mass demanding. This i tell you. The struggle in Ethiopia is the one which helped Eritreans independence. Eritrea stuck in Derg’s time only this time PIA is the new Mengistu Hailemariam because Eritrea is an independent country. Eritreans has become passive because they dont have the hundreds of years experience in struggling against any oppressors. So i beg you to assess your facts. You are undermining Ethiopians struggle once again.

  • Nitricc

    Hi All, I just want to take a few seconds from my daily activity to say happy martyrs day. You are not forgotten and you will live in all responsible and decent Eritrean’s heart. Glory to our heroic Martyrs!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–Lo91LWWxk

    • Aron

      Hi nitricc,
      I’ve to give it to you, you always remember when we sometimes forget. Thank you for that. ZeKri Nswuaat.
      Aron the habesha.

    • Nitricc

      Hi All, I just want to thank the moda who deleted the tribute to Eritrean Martyrs. Now you showed your freaking color, next time when you delete a link, shove it to your you know where. what a disgraceful bunch. We will remember!

      • Hope

        Thanks the real Gen.You nailed it body and things are moving as you predicted them.

  • Selam All,

    Eritrea to send delegation to ethiopia for talks. I sense a partially successful backdoor diplomacy. But, who was shuttling between addis and asmara? Now the pieces seem to fit well in the puzzle. The economic crisis in ethiopia and the support that came unexpectedly at the right time, the ethio-qatar friendship uae may not like to see, djibouti that may have irritated uae, and dia who has committed his soldier in yemen with the coalition, i think all could have played a roll, so that the uae may have taken the initiative.

    The agreement may follow with another big gift from the uae and ksa, who in between them may finance a railway connection to assab, if things reach a successful conclusion.

    I do not think that dia would have sent a delegation if he has not seen a flicker of light at the end of the tunnel.

    Nevertheless, have in mind what SJG says, “ደላሎች ካሉ፣ ነፃ ህዝብ ከነፃ ህዝብ ጋር ካልተወያየ ቅዋሚ ሰላም ሊመጣ አይችልም፣”. I was insinuating the uae could be the ደላላ, and therefore don’t be so sure about its success. The ደላላ does not eat “ጥሬ ስጋ”, but that alone is not enough.

    Has anybody any idea how tplf is reacting to the news?

    • Amde

      Selam Horizon,

      It is impossible for TPLF not to be aware of these. Keep in mind it has a huge footprint in the federal bureaucracy in general and within foreign affairs and the military in particular. The fact things have gotten to this point implies a large faction is OK with it. I just don’t think there is consensus within them.

      Amde

      • Selamat Pillar Amde,

        The other day I was recalling the Fab5 of the previous years awate. Naturally I start my meandering right about now by thinking of the number 72 and bet the hundred due to the very rule for compounded gain. Let me explain by breaking it down like this. Lets skip over the fabulous five platonic spheres and conclude one way or the other about Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin is on a 100 dollar bill. Benjamin Franklin was 007(2. Double spy perhaps and his number was 72. Kite, electricity, magic squares, gadgets, inventor are indicative of his 007 caliber…….oh yeah something about October 1972 and there was never a moon landing… …. yes yes it was a giant lie. But this is a GitSAtSE step any how any how
        The talk last year was about Ethiopia selling electricity to Eritrea through a third party that is the Sudan. And some how or more specifically utilizing extrapolation methodology, I was tabulating the few personalities who were negotiating via the backdoor. In good faith, even Asseb and Port was on the table. Either there is a lag or in complete synchronized they are moving from then to now. I doubt it is a case of art imitating life; I am quite certain even. but but but..I should have just said on this comment ONLY what follows:
        72’s Petros Solomon is on the case you can bet a Benjamin on that… ha ha the Hedrons of Tetra, Hexo, Octa, Icosa and Dodeca

        ወርቃዊት መጠን 1.618

        ኣዝ ዮ ወር ሳየር ፒላር ዓምደ

        ጻጸ

        • Mez

          Dear Memhir ጻጸ,

          No more middle man needed for Eritrea to buy Electricity from Addis–the delegation will hammer that out.

          Thanks

      • halafi mengedi

        Amde, Horizon,

        This is a big first step, let hope it ends well. I have a nagging feeling, IA could be doing this to annoy and humiliate some factions of TPLF. If Eritrea agrees to land swab between tserona and irob, i think that will help many tigrayans deal with it. I dont think IA will compromise on badme. It seems TPLF is suffering from the losing-party syndrome, and they and other well known Tigrayan bloggers are conflating a number of issues…hopefully, they get a decisive and forward looking leadership.

        I saw on twitter a number of Eth-Afar people not happy with TPLF for framing Eth-Er issue as primary tigray issue when in fact Afar-region has longer border with eritrea. I guess Tigrayans need to pay attention to that too.

        hm

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam HM,

          Of course, the despot won’t do it for peace purpose. He will do it only if he can annoy his nemesis. His past performances justifies that he has that kind of personalities with his domestic and foreign nemesis. Let us watch how the event will unfold.

          Second, Badume is an Eritrean “Real estate”. What the two governments has to do is to make adjustments by swapping the Irob land of Ethiopia with the Tserona of Eritrea. With that both people in the border areas will live in peace. The question is, will the despot agree the swapping of these two piece of lands.

      • Kaddis

        Gash Amde,
        I feel the same. We sometimes take our assumption as a fact. The Eritrean case is one of the many indicators TPLF and the coalition interdependence for a long time to come. I see the same jumping on the wagon assuming to weaken TPLF in the Ethiopian oppos side as well . The planned rally of Saturday included. Hope principled struggle comes very soon.

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Horizon,

      I think your analysis could not have been further from fact. You seem to focus on the wild possible conspiracy to justify your believes. For example, you tried UAE fininicial aid to Ethiopia and link it with PM Abiy having a Muslim name and gave them assurance etc.

      But UAE or people in the Arab world are also savvy investors and may be saw the opportunity and jump on it. Religion has nothing to do with it, may be it does but I doubt in this case. I just want to remind you that, the Arabs have supported Ethiopia all the time, Numeri, Lydia, Yemen , SA, Iran and others.

      All I want to say is, may be you need to ask your self and question your bias towards the Arabs, Eritreans and others in general.

      Going back to your comments, it’s really wild imagination to assume that, Eritrea is doing this because there is something to do with Yemen.

      IA if he wants to send troops, no body stops him. And he doesn’t need assurance from Ethiopia, because if Ethiopia wants to invade Eritrea, there is nothing he can do about it, without having the Eritrean people backing him up.

      So I think this has nothing to do with anyone except the magical touch of PMAA and his bold unwavering ability to speak the truth.

      IA is very calculating and he sees the opportunity and he is jumping on it.

      He will not ask those Ethiopians to be displaced, he will not ask boarders will be demarcated, and he will not ask anything but will go along with the opportunity and will take time to see where things will take him.

      In other words he will take the credit for people from both sides to say “Isayas was always right, it’s the TPLF and their supporters USA” who was the real problem in the first place.

      I have seen Ethiopians have been saying this already (G7 and others) and now the same PFDJ who were deafening us with boarder and withdrawal first will repeat it again and again.

      This leaves those of us in the opposition in delima. Not realty because we want peace for our people, but I think this could be a catalyst to help us spring board our search for justice and help our people to stand up for our rights and tell IA and PFDJ, the gave us over for you too.

      Berhe

      • Selam Berhe Y.,

        O.K. religion is not important in their foreign policy for arab governments, i am biased against arabs and eritreans, the economy does not play a role in dia’s participation in the war in yemen it could be about peace-keeping in a way, and all the latest political changes in the region are exclusively due to the magic wand pm Abiy is carrying around with him, and everybody is simply succumbing to his charm. Does politics work like that?

        You say dia will not ask for demarcation, and will do nothing, and yet he will get all the credit from both people by showing that he was always right and it was tplf and the usa at fault. From what i know credit is given for action and not inaction.

        Now when the wind is in dia/pfdj sail and eritreans are expecting to flock to godana harnet to celebrate the agreement, if there is going to be one, and dia is going to be crowned, you in the opposition are going to accuse and condemn dia/pfdj for betraying you to the ethiopians as well, and you will ask the eritrean people to stand up for their rights. Don’t you think that it is too late for the opposition to do anything if dia gets an agreement? Where do you see the logic?

        • Berhe Y

          Dear Horizon,

          I think you are wrong again with your wrong assumption and bias about the Eritrean people.

          You said ” you in the opposition are going to accuse and condemn dia/pfdj for betraying you to the ethiopians as well”.

          There will not be any Eritrean opposition or any Eritrean for that matter, who will accuse IA for making peace with Ethiopia and call him “betraying us against Ethiopians”.

          Our problem was not with Ethiopian people and never was with the Ethiopian people but with successive Ethiopian regime who use terror to rule us. Now we have IA who is using the same or even worst terror to rule over us.

          And our fight will continue with him, weather he made peace with Ethiopia or not. By making peace with Ethiopia, to will only help our people to stand up to him and remove the clout of war and boarder excuse.

          And PMAA is not walking around with magic wand but actual concrete plans, that is challenging the thought of a lot of people.

          Berhe

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei,Horizon.
      The Dr takes you of you comfort zone. The predictable woyane was your love story to switch focus on Ethiopians problem than looking back to what was wrong in Eritrea since 1991. If the Dr sealed the peace deal with ERitra may be many Eritreans forced to work on Eritra 100%.

  • Peace!

    DearHope,

    The thing is Dr. Abiy’s vision and DIA’s bloody hand do not go together for achieving sustainable peace in the region.

    Peace!

  • Kaddis

    Hi Saay –

    We are in a state of information overload. We are used to very little info; with the habit of over-analysing. Amazing times.

    There is an Eritrean delegation coming to Addis – hoping it includes Gash Saleh and Saay – I would have been the happiest host.
    solving the Eth-Eritrea issue brings win, win and win for Ethiopia. It has nothing to lose. It could be a breaking point for Eritrea as well to ‘unscramble’ its internal politics

    I see two parallels to the PMs actions. One is he is dealing with issues which were monopolised by regional parties BADme: TPLF, the case of Sidama by Debub party etc…
    Second – there are big chunk of major issues he is avoiding or maybe needs time. Its very much related to the way he came to power. The problem of Querro precedence.

    I have been critical, I think in this forum, of the di-legitimization campaign and the deliberate crippling of the economy by just following the non-violent struggle by Minessota. OPDO tacitly supported it and came to the ‘assumed’ dominance. Now admitted by Minessota himself – there are wide spread lawlessness in the country because of the low level administration of many in rural Oromia is dissolved, replaced by Queero . google the article written by Jawar himself MANAGING TRANSITION IN ETHIOPIA: AVERTING A LOOMING DANGER

    I am not for status quo. Not at all. But being frustrated by Gadaffi does not justify the way he was removed. You can see during the PM parliament speech – the Ethiopian government is hardwired by legality. Albeit overused for repression. Even if the PM looks and even charged by TPLF for doing stuff illegally – he has a way of explaining himself to legality. But Not Queero. I wonder if there wasn’t a legal way of coming to power. The displacements – he intentionally avoids to be frank of the causes– is a result of Queero precedence. Coupled unfortunately with the hate which was normalised assuming it will only affect Tegres: is going viral. Once hating is allowed – you are free to hate your neighbour. In fact – there are societies who hate each other than the hate aggregated towards Tigres.

    There is enough tension/ hate to exploit between Gojame vs Gondere, Wolaita vs Sidamo,Gurage vs Kembata or Qebena etc…. than you know towards whom. So – there is no amount of preaching of love, already his second trip to Awassa today – will not establish security as a strong police station and woreda administration in a rural town; where the problem is severe. I don’t think without the support of the security apparatus these things can be fixed. Seeing from TPLF perfomance of holding its ‘lets talk first’ ground on the Eritrean case, OPDO and TPLF’s collaboration looks intact.

    It could also be as saay once said – the oppressed society is exercising its new space.

    In any case – its time to be hopeful.
    Abiy’s popular support is growing fast; it may bring the Queero ( and other youth movements) under his and his party influence and legitimize their struggle through OPDO.
    And the most hopeful element is the PMs commitment to the Justice system and the prevalence of the rule of law around it. It will fix almost everything. Literally.

    If Addis can fix South Sudan and Eritrea peace deals in one week ( Reik Machar is already here) – we will be more hopeful.

    Cheers,

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi Kaddis,
      I am afraid I am not as excited as you and many others are. At any rate, the dedication below–to all those who know a little Amharic like me, is a gift for all of you…

      Abi, please accept the gift in the form of a link which is posted by special permission from the moderators.

      https://youtu.be/4TB_nKrzk3M

      • Kaddis

        Gash Saleh – thank you for the gift. Very humbled for the messages and your effort to communicate.

        I can confirm I am not part of the Qey bahirachin recycled groups. I understand your point not to deal with illegitimate governments. Its unfortunate but living in the horn of Africa – we are forced to deal and live with classical failed states, unrecognised states, unelected states, in the peace process states, repressive states etc….. . In any case – its much better to be in አጉል talks than no talks.

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, Kaddis.
      Tplf is made of Tigrians, dont forget that. And it has been tplf which spreading hatred among Ethnic groups. Started with the big ones first because tplf has no amount of people like amara and orom so it used its ‘amhar cut oromos breasts’ propaganda. It is only in the last few years tplf stopped preaching hatred among ethnic groups and it was considered as if it was a good deed. Now it time to harvest what tplf saw.

  • Aron

    Hi all,
    All those who argued Ethiopia has to withdraw before talks, now dia has decided to talk before withdrawal, how fast do they change their tune and dance to dia new song.
    Aron the habesha.

    • Hope

      Aron:
      You sound very,very Abgery like the THE TPLF GANG!
      May be they are preparing for the procedure for withdrawal!
      But seriously though,who cares about PIA’s immaterial preconditions but the PEACE DEAL if at all it is to be inked!
      May be Dr Abiy will take his troops away on his way out from Asmera to Addis after his Prace Speech in Tigrinya and Arabic at Bahti Meskerem Stadium.

      • Aron

        Hi hope,
        I would love to see Dr abiy in asmara speaking in whatever language about peace and I love to see the peace we could have had 16 years ago if your dia did not object to dialogue. But stupid is what stupid does my dear hope. Better late than never. I am hopeful and delighted to see you changing your tune so fast. By tomorrow you will be preaching to us who were asking all along for dialogue about the importance of dialogue. You called a lot of us tplf Woyane etc for asking for talks. You, george, fm and others said how could we talk while we are occupied. Glad to see you and fm already changed your mind. We will wait for the others. One more thing, if you would stop adding adjectives to folks who

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, Aron.
      Remember it is not only groups who milk the war, hate, no peace now war, between Eritrea and Ethiopia. Individuals also.

      But for the majority of us what the PM is doing is wonderful thing. We dont war with nobody late alone with Eritrea.

  • Merhaba Awate formuers,
    Isaias Afewerki said he is sending a delegation to Ethiopia

    • Erta

      Hello!
      Eritrea to send delegation to Ethiopia for constructive dialogue, per Eritv

      • FishMilk

        Hi Erta. Yes! This is great news! With more great news to come Eritrea’s way! Let us hope the best for Eritrea and Ethiopia as well as other HoA nations such as South Sudan, Sudan, and Somalia to include Somaliland, Puntland and Somalia.

    • Paulos

      Selam Samuel,

      I am sure you are familiar with Zen Buddhism or Philosophy. A classic story goes: In a small Chinese village, a man buys a horse and a new saddle. And when the villagers heard of the good news, they all went to his place to congratulate him. He said to them, it could be good or bad [Buying the horse and the saddle that is].

      The villagers got puzzled by his reaction and went back to their places. As it happened, the horse run away with the new saddle on and when the villagers heard about the bad news, they went to his house to comfort him. And he said to them, it could be good or bad. Again, the villagers got puzzled by his reaction and went back to their places.

      As it happened, however, the horse came back and not only that, the horse came back with two more wild horses. And when the villagers heard of the good news, they went to his house to congratulate him. And he said to them, it could be good or bad. The villagers got puzzled by his reaction and went back to their places.

      Later on, when his son was training the wild horses, one of the horses kicked him and he got knocked down to the ground and broke his leg. When the villagers heard of the of the bad news, they went to his house to comfort him. And he said to them, it could be good or bad. The villagers got puzzled by his reaction and went back to their places.

      As it happened, the country got invaded by the neighboring country and the government announced for every able person to enlist and when the villagers heard of the good news [the fact that his son was exempted due to broken leg], they went to his house to congratulate him and he said to them, it could be good or bad……

      • Now inc.

        Paulos,
        I like what you wrote. It’s a surprising move though. My ink is still wet where I discouraged people from expecting anything.
        I have no doubt he is doing this to create division in Ethiopia. It’s a calculated move rather than a true desire for peace.

      • Selam Paul,
        That is an apt and beautiful story. Thank you for sharing.
        best

  • FishMilk

    Dear All. Has PM Abiy overplayed his hand? Unless Ethiopia’s Northern Military Command TIMELY follows his instructions on withdrawal, he will loose significant credibility and even run a risk of a military coup d’etat. Interesting that Gebru Asrat and Arena are serving as the inspiration for a few thousand affected Eyob and Tigrayans on border villages to rise and shout. One forgets by comparison, the massive displacement caused by the construction of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam project which involved 1;874 square kilometers.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Sorry but the above article is offensive. It is fair game to go after PIA or the PFDJ but it is simply fundamentally wrong to glorify and draw reverence to Ethiopia which has illegally occupied and strategized to politically isolate and economically strangle Eritrea, causing thousands of Eritreans to suffer in the process. You fail to mention that Eritrea was in fact prospering during the 1991-thu-1997 period. You fail to mention that Ethiopia since the year 2,000 has continued to launch military offensives on Eritrea. You fail to mention that military troop number deployment as part of the overall adult population is significantly higher for Eritrea than for Ethiopia; this having a significant bearing on Ertrea’s inability to effect positive political reform process. But again, how could you and why would you, choose to glorify an entity that is illegally occupying your soil for which so many of your brotherin have spilt their blood and lost their lives for? This is where you fall dreadfully short of not having a real vibe contact with the heart and sentiment of Eritreans living inside of Eritrea.

  • Peace!

    Hi Awatista,

    ” ህገ መንግስቱ ጨለማ ኣስቀምጣችሁ ግረፉ ኣስቃዩ ኣይልም ኣሸባሪ እኛ ነን ኢህኣዴግ ይቅርታ ጠይቋል ህዝቡም ይቅር ብሎናል ህዝብ እኛን ማሰር ነበረበት” ዶር ኣብይ

    I wish he were my president, where are you Thomas? Ethiopia is blessed to have this man, not only he has the right mindset, but also a vision that serves generation to come. I hope the young should rally behind him and control their destiny. I wish him success and have good health in this rather critical journey. The million dollar question is- where is Etitrea’s Dr Aby???

    Meanwhile tomorrow is martyrs day in Eritrea and the theme goes:

    “ናይ ስውእ ወደይ 10,000 ናቕፋ ተቐቢለ
    ኣብ ንዶብ ዝሰገረ ወደይ ድማ 50,000 ናቕፋ ከፊለ”

    ኣደ ስውእ

    Peace!

    • Abi

      Hi Peace
      I heard You are looking for me:) What’s up?
      Eritrea needs Abiyot first . Abiy comes later.
      Seriously though, PMAA can take care of both states.

      • Peace!

        Abish,

        Of course ያለ ኣቢሽ ምን ይሆናል ብለህ ነው:) ደሞ እንደዚህ ነው “PMAA can take care of both states.” ያልከው? ብቻ? I would vote for him tomorrow, but as you know election is illegal in PFDJ Eritrea. ስለኣብዮቱ ደሞ, ኣይቀርም once the beauty of change sips in. I seriously hope the wave of change won’t Stop in Ethiopia. The two countries deserve peace and harmony. Enough is enough!!

        Peace!

      • Saleh Johar

        Hi Abi,
        I need your mailing address. I want to ask you a favor to deliver a gift to all EsTopian friends. Or, maybe I can just deliver it here! Never mind. I will give you details here in a few hours time…

        • Abi

          Selam Ato Saleh
          The delivery returned back with a note ” return to sender, no EsTopian live here” . Please check the addressee and send again.
          Thanks.

          Should you have any questions meet me for coffee at jebena cafe. You will be served Ethiopian style mint tea.

          • Saleh Johar

            Abi. Please do not lose your sense of humor. That is how our elders pronounce it. Offended? Nah. I don’t think so.

    • Berhe Y

      Dear Peace,

      Yes indeed. I was flattering saay to be our leader, but I think he was cynical.

      He didn’t believe me when I said to him, all it take is a good speech from your heart in what you believe to give people hope and move mountains.

      Forget about two years, this guy he will be there for a long time, and the people really deserve him.

      Berhe

      • Peace!

        Berhino,

        I seriously do not want to see Dr. Abiy shaking DIA’s hand, I hope someone steps up and save us from serious contamination. ናይ Saay ገዲፍካ ተዛረብ ኣብዩና I would quiet my job tomorrow to support him, seriously!!

        Peace!

        • FishMilk

          Hi Peace. You say in regards to PM Abiy, that ‘I would quit my job tomorrow to support him’. Then, what is stopping you? Thought that you would have by now been on an ET Dreamliner to Addis? Perhaps better to wait a bit and see how: 1) If the Northern Military Command respects his orders, and 2) How he will deal with the critical land lease reclamation issue.

          • Peace!

            Hi FM,

            Thanks to Dr Abiy people are now opening their eyes and start to think outside the box. The issues you have raised are no longer a concern specially to someone with a vision. Let’s just pray Eritrea finds its Dr. Abiy soon ካብዚ ዘላቶ ጸልማት ክትላቐቕ.

            Peace!

          • FishMilk

            Hi Peace and thanks for your reply. Let us keep our fingers crossed and hope that we have mostly blue skies ahead for both Eritrea and Ethiopia.

        • Natom Habom

          my dear peace
          he will shake his hand if offer cause he know who is the real evil
          that even instigate inter-ethnic conflict (,ኢነዚ ፣የቀን ፣ጅብ ፣)
          and a typical (them)flip flop you have his picture interesting
          I think I know why you failed secure when tigray got nothing
          they have no even wather for drinking .he just wanted to save those lost soul but i think he is wrong

          • Peace!

            My dear Natom Habom,

            ናቱ እኮ እየ ሂበዮ the man has too much blood in his hands, not just shaking hands, his presence itself is evidently a huge burden to Eritreans and the region as he has shamelessly destroyed our past and present. My friend ኣይትታሀመል it is time to defend the future.

            Peace!

          • Natom Habom

            my dear peace
            stop propaganda its game over woyane is dead
            your people are in chock ,he is not our burden he is our crown jewel
            imagine alone he stood all storm without fear do you think he could accomplish without eritrean support ,any way it s fiesta inEthiopia
            and Eritrea only mereb melash are is the darkness ,leave issayas and start to help your people ,tigrayan are the most hated people on both side right now ,they knee and ask forgivness

          • Peace!

            My Dear NH,

            Emo Entay Tegeberna Yihaish Nebaal Issayas, Monkey, Kisha, do Nume Adikum Temelesu Hagez Yedliyena alo Mebal Yhaish? You know they are our brothers just in case you need a reminder.

            Peace!

          • Natom Habom

            selam peace
            yeah yeah they our brother ,no amhara or any ethiopian ruler have done what tigrayan did to Eritrean ,and even after the peace agrement
            they chose to hold it hostage so eritrean can suffer ,
            the tigrayan were happy to see eritrean in their knee for their inferiority complex to enjoys.
            but the worst is after paying many of their martyrs they forgot the very tigray people that supported them, nothing has been developped
            as they were busy looting ethiopia ,harrassing eritrea
            supporting and financing any one that can harm eritrea
            now they are hidding like dog in tigray ,izin kemzin yu welem zelem
            again tigrayan are fully supporting them ,they were in the street denouncing the Algiers deal so we are not brother and will never be ever again,
            tigrayan will feel the pain they did to us ,ethiopian are saying they are brother no one will harm tigray you know they don t mean it like your kin telling us we are brother never meant nothing to you guys
            so shaw shaw

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Peace,

          You are right the despot could not be a Peace partner to Dr Abiy. Unfortunately, he will use this opportunity only to divide Ethiopia, as always he does in the past. But for us Eritreans at this point, we don’t have any options. That is the government we have that represent the state of Eritrea. Whatever it happens the Ethippian Government will deal with his government.

          Second, look Peace, after rejecting to sit for dialogue for 16 years to resolve the border issue, he is forced to do it by the events that happened in Ethiopia. We were right then and we are right now that there is no solution without dialogue. If it happened, we can simply vindicate all these years of being ostracized of having that position, but we are proven to be right. So at least we were advocating for dialogue, and if it happened let us support for the process to begin with to resolve the border issue.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam aman h
            No u were wrong than and u r wrong now.
            The root cause of eri- ethio problem was the project of greater tigrai and that dream is dead now.it doesn’t affect eritrea and ethiopan no more Because it is a dead dream.
            Ethio_ eri issues is now ethio-eri issues, not tigrai- eri issues.
            Dialogue about precondition means dialogue about the already decided Algiers agreement itself and dialogue with out preconditions to implement the Algiers agreement r different things.

          • Peace!

            Hi Emma,

            Agreed. But the thing is making peace with your own people is a prerequisite for regional and sustainable peace. What makes change in Ethiopia seems genuine is that because it is coming from within. What we should be looking, I think, not at the temporary peace rather what it entails as far as the damage PFDJ inflicted in the last two decades. Imagine how many prisoners will come out alive should DIA pressured by his Arab enablers to release them? እቲ ተዶጊሉ ዘሎ ሓዊ ምውጽኡ ኣይተርፎን እዩ. Thank you for being a voice for the voiceless.

            Peace!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Peace,

            At least Ethiopia will continue the economic integration with the rest of its neighbors (Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, and Djibouti). If the objective realities permits, the effort by the Ethiopian side should be welcomed. If we Eritreans do not do our homework to join the current discourse of the Ethiopia government, then the Ethiopian Government should not wait for us to clean our political house. That is what I mean.

        • Berhe Y

          Dear Peace,

          Dear Peace,

          አጆኻ ተስፋ አይትቁረጽ፡፡ ቀሪብና ኢና፡፡ ናይ አምላኽ ነገር እንታይ ይፍልጥ ኮይኑ፡ ካብዚ ናይ ኢትዮጵያ ጸበል ከአ ይለኽየና ይኸውን፡፡

          Berhe

  • bibi1

    Thanks. Since independence from Ethiopia in 1993 Eritrea has been ruled by as a one-party and one man state by President Isaias Afewerki, who brooks no opposition. Corruption is not only tolerated but encouraged, and the president uses it to buy loyalty. Relatively corruptible government officials are not considered a potential threat, so Afwerki makes sure he appoints loyal subordinates who will report directly to him. In 2014, Obama”s Washington’s decision not to let President Isaias Afewerki join over forty other African heads of government for the US-Africa summit in D.C, was a huge blow to the regime but a monumental victory for Eritreans fighting for freedom and democracy. Like Isaias, Sudan’s Al-Bashir and Zimbabwe’s Mugabe were also uninvited for committing genocidal atrocities against their own people.There was yet another embarrassing moment for the Isaias regime when in 2009 the 54-member African Union unanimously adopted a resolution to ask the UN Security Council to slap the Eritrean government with sanctions for posing a threat to the peace and security of the East and Horn of Africa Region. Two years later, the Security Council imposed yet more stringent economic and military sanctions on the Asmara government for failing to abide by the 2009 sanction resolutions. The new PM of Ethiopia’s move is bound to encourage him to normalize relations with Ethiopia as the best strategy to get rid of the excruciating sanctions. The US will not vote to have these sanctions lifted without the agreement from Ethiopia and other concerned East African governments. The next step would be to reestablish friendly relations with neighbors, beginning with Ethiopia. The president Esayas has reportedly said that Eritrea’s future is tied to that of Ethiopia.

  • Natom Habom

    dear writer
    Eritrean diplomatic move didnt fail at all you can see it Eritrea still standing ,yes the regime in
    ethiopia sold it soul to the west for them to accomplishhis wish , how much did he pay in land ,in military alliance ,in sending soldier for UN in any way they put themselves so low for western favor they almost destroy their country and western love dont last they are already givin the back to tplf junta ,but how about opposition ,why did they fail to seduce eritrean or bring change in the country , did you see ethiopian opposition in eritrea how powerful they are they will be included in change process their cause was just their fight was real not behind the confort of a desk,they are organize and disciplined ,
    eritrean opposition is not an opposition at all just a puppet to tplf they counldnt free themselves from it influence and they want to bring in eritrea the same failed policy that tplf followed ,a nation based on ethnicity and religion
    it show they are short sighted they don t care for any consequence that will follow
    they have no vision ,they have nothing
    gathering people for cultural show but they have gang that storm eritrean comunity and aggress woman and children ,ክላእ ፣ ካልኣ ፣ትዛረቦ ፣

  • HAQI Yihaysh

    Great analysis and points.