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A tale of three U. S. sanctions, one in Africa, the others in the Americas

A cursory view of the responses of the continental organizations to three U.S. sanctions, one in Africa and the other two in the Americas, shows in a stark way the abysmal lack of independence among the African nations in setting their foreign policies. The nations in question are Eritrea, Cuba and Venezuela. The focus here is on the responses of the nations and organizations of the two continents the targeted nations represent to the imposition of the sanctions by the United States — directly or through the United Nations. When African nations, individually and collectively, were told to jump, all they wanted to know was “how high!” History usually judges harshly those who bend the truth and sacrifice those who trusted them to appease the powerful and for some diplomatic crumbs.

OEA Forum on ‘Quest for Peace in the Horn Continues’

The Organization of Eritrean Americans will hold a forum this coming weekend on ‘The Quest for Peace in the Horn of Africa Continues.’ The program is set for Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 2 to 5 pm, at the Eritrean Civic and Cultural Center, in Washington, D.C.

Headlining the program will be Bronwyn Bruton, the deputy director of the African Center at the Atlantic Council, a think tank based in Washington, D.C. She will talk on “Shifting Dynamics in the Horn." Ms. Bruton has written and is published extensively on issues relating to U.S. foreign policy for the Horn of Africa.

Also speaking will be Dr. Ghidewon Abay-Asmerom, professor of mathematics at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a member of the Organization of Eritrean Americans. Dr. Ghidewon will speak on ‘Respect for International Law: a Catalyst in the Quest for Peace.’

Moderating the program will be Dr. Asgede Hagos, professor of communications at Delaware State University.

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Here again is the what, where and when of the program:

What: Forum on ‘Quest for Peace in the Horn Continues’

Who: Featured Speakers: Bronwyn Bruton, of the Atlantic Council
Dr. Ghidewon A. Asmerom, VCU
Where: Eritrean Civic and Cultural Center
600 L Street, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20001
When: April 12, 2014, from 2 to 5 pm.

Demarcate Now! 10 Years is Long Enough. Peace Yes, War No.

THE EEBC DECISION TEN YEARS LATER AND ETHIOPIA'S ILLEGAL OCCUPATION:
Demarcate Now! 10 Years is Long Enough. Peace Yes, War No.
By Mike Seium

A Decade of Silence Tantamount to Endorsement of Illegal Acts of War - UNSC's Incompetence

THE EEBC DECISION TEN YEARS LATER AND ETHIOPIA'S ILLEGAL OCCUPATION:
A Decade of Silence Tantamount to Endorsement of Illegal Acts of War - UNSC's Incompetence

By Amanuel Tseggai

Its now been ten years since the Eritrea-Ethiopia Border Commision (EEBC), handed down a verdict detailing the boundary lines between the two countries on the bases of pertinent documents and colonial treaties. April 13th, 2002 would have been the exact date the Commission had reached this UN endorsed decision which both parties agreed to accept as final and binding.

Eritrea will Foil all Maneuvers to Subvert the Mandate of the EEBC

THE EEBC DECISION TEN YEARS LATER AND ETHIOPIA'S ILLEGAL OCCUPATION:
Eritrea will Foil all Maneuvers to Subvert the Mandate of the EEBC
By Johannes Abraham

Eritrean sanctions must be annulled and repealed today!

To the UNSC and the Guarantors of Algiers Peace Treaty

The UN-Security Council and the Guarantors of the Algiers Peace Treaty should finally do something that will bring peace to the war ravaged Horn of Africa. I am strongly urging you to live up to the legal and moral obligation, and ideals of the UN-Charter. I am strongly urging you to push Ethiopia to implement the final and binding demarcation decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) without preconditions or further delay. Ethiopia’s refusal to implement this decision is at the heart of the entire crisis in the Horn of Africa. It is this issue that must be addressed first and foremost.

WHERE IS THE CONSCIENCE OF THE GUARANTORS OF THE ALGIERS PEACE AGREEMENT?

In December 2000, Ethiopia and Eritrea signed the Algiers Peace Agreement on their disputed borders allowing a Hague-based independent Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) to render a "final and binding" decision. The AU, EU, UN and USA witnessed this historic agreement as 'Guarantors of the Peace Agreement." And in April 13, 2002, the EEBC reached a verdict that was hailed by the U.N. and AU and EU. Eritrea accepted the decision. While Ethiopia, which initially appeared to accept it and in fact boasted of its favorable outcome, reneged on delimitation implementation.

BADME DEFIES THE LAW OF MIGHTY

Occupiers, wherever they are, think, behave, and act the same. Who would have imagined 20 years back the Weyane and its flag-bearer Meles Zenawi would outdo Mengstu Hailemariam and the Emperor of Ethiopia in inflicting untold pain and occupying land that belong to Eritrea? They are so consumed on their land grapping exercises that they say and do everything that defies logic.

10 YEARS OF OCCUPATION: WHAT DO THEY GAIN?

It is now 10 years since the Boundary Commission passed its verdict. Had the agreement been honoured the border would have been fully demarcated by November 2003 leading to peace and stability in the region. Unfortunately Ethiopia has refused to accept the decision of the Boundary Commission. Ten years on, Ethiopia is still occupying sovereign Eritrean territory.

HELLO AMERICA, IS IT NOT TIME TO SEE JUSTICE BE MADE TO WORK?

For the sake of justice... if there is any justice left in you, which I hope there may still be, it would only make sense if you as guarantors of the peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia, go back to it and oblige Ethiopia to respect the ruling of the 'Border Commission'.

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