Ethiopia urges Eritrea to refrain from destructive strategy against it

APA-Addis Ababa : Ethiopia on Friday in Addis Ababa the capital urged its neighbour Eritrea to refrain from destructive strategy against it, saying that it will take all necessary measures to safeguard the country unless the situation changes soon, APA learns on Friday.

The Ethiopian Foreign Affairs minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, said on a state-owned Ethiopian Television (ETV) that Eritrea is currently involved in activities in a bid to resort to destructive measures against Ethiopia.

Hailemariam Desalegn
Hailemariam Desalegn

“It-Eritrea- is working daily-24 hours- to take destructive action against Ethiopia. We are asking the international community and the UN to play its role,” said Desalegn.

He indicated that if all efforts by the international community fail to stop Eritrea’s destructive action against Ethiopia, the latter will take the necessary measures to safeguard the country.

Ethiopia however did not give details on the kind of destructive strategy being planned by Eritrea.

It is the first time in years that Ethiopia makes such a strong statement against Eritrea. The two countries, which went into war 10 years ago due to a border dispute, are still in tense security situation as they are unable to solve their border dispute despite the efforts by the international community.

After the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission in collaboration with The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration issued a verdict in 2002 on the border dispute, Ethiopia is calling for dialogue to implement the border decision saying that there are some errors thus the need for dialogue.

It was established that Badme, the disputed territory at the heart of the Eritrea-Ethiopia conflict, belonged to Eritrea.

According to Ethiopia, the border decision divided a house and family into two, which can be solved through dialogue while Eritrea is asking for the implementation of the decision.

Over 70,000 soldiers are reported to have been killed due to the border war some ten years ago.

Observers are saying that the two countries are currently in “No war, No peace” situation.

Eritrea and Ethiopia share 1000km border.

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