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Ethiopia’s quest for Erythraean Sea  (Red Sea) is not a quest for Eritrea

Tibebe-Red Sea
Tibebe Samuel


Tibebe Samuel Ferenji              

Wikipedia gives us different translations of the Red Sea in different languages. In Greek, Red Sea means Erythraean Sea. The Greek translation of a Red Sea sounds like the country Eritrea spelled differently. Recently, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia has proposed for Ethiopians to discuss and come up with a plan for Ethiopia to have a seaport at the Red Coastline. Some Eritreans wrongly believe Ethiopia’s quest for the Red Sea is a quest for Eritrean land. 

Dr. Abiy Ahmed has clearly stated Eritrea is one choice among the choices Ethiopia has, and he made it clear that Ethiopia does not want war with anyone to achieve this objective. This seems to fall on deaf ears and some in the Eritrean camp and the Ethiopian opposition camp have been beating the war drum making unnecessary noise in various Social Media outlets. Most of these critics are angry with Dr. Abiy because he did not destroy the Tigray region as they wanted it. It is an enigma to this writer why these imbeciles are beating the war drum after both Ethiopia and Eritrea went through a horrible war. 

As a native Eritrean and a proud Ethiopian, this writer would like for the Eritrean government to make some sort of agreement with the Ethiopian government for the mutual benefit of both countries. If there is any wisdom in the Eritrean part, working with the Ethiopian government on this burning issue would have amazing economic, political, and social benefits for the Eritrean people since both people share many common things. Sadly, this writer does not sense any wisdom on the part of the Eritrean leadership so far.  Dr. Abiy Ahmed has proven to be not only a visionary leader but a leader who translates his vision into reality. Great and visionary leaders are not without their shortcomings; but, visionary leaders like Dr. Abiy’s good deeds outweigh their shortcomings. Like any leader, such leaders have their detractors, haters, and those who relentlessly work to pull them down. 

Since Dr. Abiy took power in Ethiopia, he has done an amazing job to transform Ethiopia in all sectors. He inherited a weak military, security apparatus, educational system, economy, and corrupt bureaucracy. Within five years, he changed all that and made Ethiopia one of the strongest nations in Africa. 

Although some of his critics believe Abiy to be “an accidental Prime Minister” of Ethiopia, nothing can’t be further from the truth. Dr. Abiy planned to be a Prime Minister since he was very young and worked hard to be a Prime Minister. As he shaped his journey to become Ethiopia’s leader, he also formulated a plan and a vision of how he would lead the nation to greatness. Among his visions was to get Ethiopia a piece of real estate at the coastline of the Red Sea. 

Although many were not listening, Dr. Abiy was talking about the need for Ethiopia to have not just access to the Red Sea but to have a port that Ethiopia could control. About 15 years ago, Dr. Abiy shared his vision with the then-government officials about Ethiopia’s need for a port. When Dr. Abiy was part of the EPRDF cabinet, he was not allowed to do many things that he proposed. Now he is at the helm of power, he has translated many of his visions into reality. 

Recently, Dr. Abiy shared his vision with Ethiopians and the rest of the world for Ethiopia to own part of the Red Sea coastline so Ethiopia could build her port. Although many Ethiopians including those in the opposition have been talking about the need for Ethiopia to have access to the Red Sea, almost all have been talking about Eritrea’s ports for years, particularly Assab and Massawa ports have been the center of discussions. Many Ethiopian politicians and scholars wholeheartedly believe Assab belongs to Ethiopia and that Ethiopia should take back Assab by any means necessary.

Despite this strong belief; no one has a realistic plan of action to achieve such a desire. Recently, When Dr. Abiy shared his vision about Ethiopia’s need for a Red Sea coastline port ownership  and for Ethiopians to discuss the possible roadmap to achieve this objective, he laid down his plan and many of Ethiopia’s choices. Some of his ideas are new and were never raised by any of our scholars or politicians.   

         
 What is unfortunate in this episode, some Ethiopian scholars and politicians who have been advocating for the return of Assab to Ethiopia have been quick to oppose and condemn the Prime Minister’s proposal. Some of our scholars and politicians are duty-bound to oppose anything that Abiy does and plans to do. These contrarians began beating the war drum and falsely accused the PM of declaring war on Eritrea hoping to deter the Prime Minister from moving forward with this agenda.

What is also unfortunate is the response from the Eritrean side including Ambassador Estifanos Habtemariam, Eritrea’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, and Ambassador Girma Asmerom, Eritrea’s ambassador to the UN. These old guards seem to be frozen in time and still thinking about the Ethio-Eritrean war that devastated both nations. It is clear from their statements, that the ambassadors are still in their “old glory” and empty bravado mindset. 

 Regardless of hateful propaganda, the Prime Minister is moving Ethiopia forward and Ethiopia can’t wait for the Eritrean leadership to make up its mind. Eritrea seems happy with the status quo and it seems time is standing still in Asmara. There is no vision and no change in the Eritrean leadership mindset. The old guards in Eritrea see Ethiopia as an “invading force” always wanting a piece of land in Eritrea. This paranoia psyche has set in the Eritrean political landscape shackled the Eritrean leadership holding it back making it difficult to move forward. Although Ethiopia’s quest for the Red Sea is filled with many choices, it is not clear to this writer that Eritreans believe that they are the “chosen targets”. 

According to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) enacted in 1982, landlocked countries have legal rights and obligations regarding their access to the sea under international law. The United Nations recognizes the special needs and circumstances of landlocked countries and provides a framework for addressing their rights and obligations. However, this law does not give land-locked countries like Ethiopia absolute rights. The law makes it clear that access to the sea depends on mutual agreement with other nations. 

Although Ethiopia’s quest for the Red Sea coastline proposal is pursuant to this law and in the spirit of cooperation with the neighboring countries, Prime Minister Abiy has gone further. His desire is not just access to the sea but ownership of a port in the Red Sea coastline. There is a valid reason for this. Only having access to the sea without ownership does not give Ethiopia complete security. As we have witnessed in our history, when the Ethio-Eritrean war started, Ethiopia’s access to the sea through Eritrea was denied. Fortunately, Djibouti has been used as an alternative port. Such a challenge is not unique to Ethiopia. Recently Uganda has denied access to Rwanda to travel to Mombasa port because of political conflict between the two nations. In 2015, India denied Nepal access to the sea in response to Nepal’s new constitution passage. Just having access to the sea without ownership of a port has an enormous challenge for the political, military, and economic security of a nation. 

Ethiopia’s desire for seaport ownership on a Red Sea coastline depends on the bilateral or multilateral agreement with its neighbors. If Eritrea does not want an agreement with Ethiopia, Eritrea has the right to do so. There is no reason for the Eritrean officials or citizens of Eritrea to engage in diatribe or demonize the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Such foolishness may have unintended consequences. Eritreans should focus on their internal affairs instead of trying to pull Ethiopia into unnecessary verbal or military conflict. 

Sooner or later, Ethiopia will make an agreement with one of the countries in her neighborhood. When that happens Eritreans should be ready for another rude awakening. Once Ethiopia signs an agreement with another country, Eritrea will lose its chance. Unlike in Eritrea, time is moving very fast in Ethiopia. Eritreans seem to be prisoners of their past and immersed in their self-aggrandizement propaganda. I would like to advise “my Eritrean cousins” to stop spewing their dangerous venom and move on with time. Ethiopia has made tremendous progress since Eritrea’s separation from Ethiopia. There is no reason for Ethiopia to engage in any form of conflict with Eritrea. Eritreans should learn from the 1998 Ethio-Eritrean conflict and put “their house in order” instead of trying to provoke Ethiopia.  

The opposition to Ethiopia’s access to the seaport is not just coming from some brainless Eritreans, it is also from Ethiopian opposition. These gullibles are condemning the Prime Minister as delusional and some idiots claim the Prime Minister’s proposal is a “diplomatic Fiasco”. It is such derivative thinkers who always create obstacles and make it difficult for visionary leaders to translate their visions into reality. Fortunately, they may make it difficult but not impossible. Ethiopia can learn from many landlocked countries that acquired ownership of a sea coastline to build their port. The PM detractors don’t seem to know about such practice. 

According to many credible accounts, there are 44 landlocked countries in the world and Ethiopia is the world’s most populous landlocked country. Many economists agree being a landlocked country has a tremendous disadvantage in the economic development of that nation. Paul Collier in his book, The Bottom Billion, argues that being landlocked in a poor geographical neighborhood is one of four major development “traps” by which a country can be held back. To break this kind of trap, countries like Moldova have made a bilateral agreement by swapping land for seaports. According to the International Water Governance document, Moldova was able to get a sea coastline from Ukraine in 2005 with territorial exchange.

Moreover, the 1885 Berlin Conference gave the Democratic Republic of Congo a narrow piece of land in Angola which gave the DRC access to the sea. The Versailles treaty also gave a “corridor” to Poland known as the “Polish Corridor” which gave Poland access to the Baltic Sea. Thus, there are great examples that Ethiopia could use when making a deal with other nations. 

The notion that Ethiopia’s quest for the Red Sea coastline is a desire to annex Eritrea’s territory is false and concocted by some delusional Eritrean and Ethiopian politicians who are unable to escape their war-mongering mentality. It is worth mentioning that some anti-Issaias Afeworki Eritrean politicians are angry with Dr. Abiy because he made peace with Eritrea. These politicians lost their base in Ethiopia to “fight against the Issaias regime” when the TPLF lost its governing power in the federal government. These political dwarfs are trying to provoke Ethiopia into a war with Eritrea hoping to weaken Issaias. With all due respect to my Eritrean cousins, I will tell you in no uncertain terms, Ethiopia will not clean your mess, Ethiopia will not interfere in your internal affairs, and Ethiopia will not be used as a springboard in your quest to change the regime in Eritrea. Find another way and stop provoking Ethiopia. 

Dr. Abiy’s opponents” false narratives, designed to disrupt Ethiopia’s progress, will not work. Dr. Abiy is a man of his word and action; he has proven this to the world time and again. He does what he says he would. His detractors and haters can make all the noise in the world hoping to isolate Ethiopia, however, those of us who care about Ethiopia and our people will stand with him and do our part to make sure Ethiopia continues in sustainable development and continues to build and refine the democratic system of government for generations to come. 

May God Protect Ethiopia and the people of Ethiopia.      

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you Brother Tibebe for your opinion from a different perspective. I commend the over qualified editors of this esteemed website for letting the piece ride.

    I noticed you call those social media warriors and who have been beating the drums of war from their comfy homes here among us ‘imbeciles’. Guess what? I have been calling them even worse. I called them and still call them unrepentant bigots. When they opened their big mouths with ‘woyane’ they were not only decrying improprieties but they were fuming with deadly hatred toward anyone they see/consider woyane. When they blabber their mouths with ‘neftegna’ they are not protesting injustice from the bygone era but they want every one they consider neftegna dead and gone. These days, their new guitar riff has been the name calling ‘Oromummaa’ by the well educated among us. These are not just moaning with this name calling but they want to see every Oromo expunged from the federal government because for them every Oromo is an Amhara hater. You call these truants ‘imbeciles’? When I saw that I screamed in your direction ‘Right on brother, right on!!!’

    Keep writing brother and never be discouraged by good-for-nothing detractors.

    Blessings to you and your family.

  2. I hope those who are in the decision making positions of the two countries of Eritrea and Ethiopia would come to their senses and start talking about port facilities issues and come up with agreement that will benefit everyone. There are prospects of petroleum in both countries but the future of fossil fuel is in question with every car manufacturer is slowly phasing out current models with electric vehicles. Meanwhile, the population of the entire Horn of Africa is ballooning at an alarming pace especially in Ethiopia. That country will not be too long before its current population reaches the 150 million mark. 250 million is not that far either. To put it in the mildest form, it will be impossible for a 150 or 250 million people to go on without a seaside breather. I don’t think it will be willing to be suffocated. Leasing port facilities for military powers or local wannabes will not bring big enough a dough to sustain the economic well being of any nation and it can turn out to be a liability if the big boys choose to duke it out. This runaway population growth has been a concern for me for quite some time now.

  3. ወደብ ናይ ኤርትራ ክትጥቀሙ እንተመሪጽኩም ዶላር ምኽፋል
    ከመዘሎ ፍለጡ። ብሓይሊ ምሓዝ እንተመሪጽኩም ጥፍኣት ከምዘሎ ፍለጡ።

  4. ወደብ ናይ ኤርትራ ክትጥቀሙ እንተመሪጽኩም ዶላር ምኽፋል
    ከመዘሎ ፍለጡ። ብሓይሊ ምሓዝ እንተመሪጽኩም ጥፍኣት ከምዘሎ ፍለጡ።

  5. * Confuse, convince and lie untill you get caught, then cry victim. Taken from Prosperity Gospel

    *What is this article? Embodiment of Gaslighting? I sense so much of a poorly pitched PP cadre whining or woes of an aborted ill-wish- yet again of a disgruntled TPLFist. Or may be part of PP’s apology tour to backtrack its miserably failed attempt to externalize its problems and hoping to create a chasm between FANO, Amahara communities, well-informed Ethiopians and Eritreans on a non issue of the Redsea. So many have written that access to sea is a non-issue, Ethiopia already has so many options/suitors, as sea-access can also be easily achieved through smart deals with neighboring countries as it makes good business sense for both. Diplomatically, and NOT by openly threatening and screaming in public squares as ‘woyala’, which is frankly a turn off to intellectuals-with integrity, and triggers public outrage. And that was exactly what happened

    * We, other than Abiy and Tibebe, know fully well that the issue was brought to public after months of speculations following confirmed leaks from Abiy himself and his barking PP cadres that they are looking for a” PORT OWNERSHIP,- by hook or crook, and we know fully well that the targeted port was Assab, no one can hoodwink us otherwise with any dressed blabber. After a miserable failure to sell the case and fierce condemnations, the issue devolved later to looking for a “PORT ACCESS,” which is a non-issue at all as it is a common practice. Hence, the case lost steam, FANO kept on gathering storms, and the public remained focused on the issues that matter the most.

    * And now, Tibebe is telling us that the Provoked Ethiopians (he meant Amhara/FANO) and Eritreans are in turn misconstruing messages and provoking Ethiopia (Abiy) to go to war with Eritrea for Assab port ownership, and that Ethiopia (Abiy) wont fall for it- as he is a peace maker. Huh! PP is now presenting itself as the peaceful, all wise angel, allergic to war and a proud victim of its own campaign. Am I right? Any logic in here other than a rotten propaganda, and some level of insult to our intelligence.

    * Whether you are Eritrean or Ethiopian, it does not matter, it takes to be a well informed human to call a Fact a Fact. You, Tibebe, are being disingenuous at best. Your article may sell to Ferenj, but NOT to locals, who matter the most by the way and who are following the developments closely. Your poor attempt to preach deception is nothing but double bluffing.
    By the way, you called Abiy “ visionary leader” and a “man of his words”… Even Abiy himself is laughing at your promax level of ‘mashkabet’.

    * We all heard what Abiy said in parliament in Amharic- not the English version- the clear innuendos of waging war to acquire a piece of a northern neighbor sooner or later. We all are watching Ethiopian government media’s relentless campaigning on the matter. Excitingly hosting war mongering idiotic speeches and discussions, misrepresenting historical facts, deliberately disseminating lies, and at some point posting maps of redrawn international boundaries ( Old Ethiopian Map, you know what I mean). Unless you tell us that the Govt media views do not represent the views of the govt, which is really flat out lie.
    Please!

    * I have yet to read any exhaustive official commentary about this Red-sea issue from the neighboring Eritrean govt. They did not say much other than the one time where they told their concerned citizens to “ not be provoked” by the chatters, indirect declaration of aggression and symmetrical and asymmetrical psychological war waged through Ethiopian formal and informal media. Some of their citizens can express their outrage however they want, but that can not be misconstrued as their gov’t’s view and the position of their country.

    * It appears the govt of Eritrea did not give a fly’s worth of attention to Abiy’s depraved covetousness. It seems they know fully well that the boy king pulled this poorly choreographed attempt out of his…you know what…to externalize the mess he created internally,, loss of public support, and frankly because FANO started to knock his Oromumia nose to bleed. And Eritrea’s matured handling of the soft provocation contributed to the waning of the false redsea issue, and that, I think, pissed off the man-child in 4 kilo, you and other dimwits. Now you are here to make a back flip in narrative.

    * You seem to have issue with our outrage. The outrage of the public, whether Ethiopians or Eritreans, is well warranted. No one chooses to be outraged unless triggered. It is the PUBLIC, okay, they have every right! But outrage is not a policy, nor is it a declaration of any sort. And why are we in these waters to begin with, if it was not for the Untimely stupid talks of pp cadres lead by their imbecile man-child.

    *Other than you, Tibebe, so many of us, many countries, high level diplomats and influential institutions have heard that Abiy has expressed his intention to own a port- even if it means to invade a country and redraw international boundaries- we all know which that country is. Every one took him at his word, except you. You can call that a bluff! Which we hope it is! Thanks to his irresponsible and shallow remarks, now we are seen in the world as threats to the peace of Horn of Africa, which you seem to have difficulty grasping. The genie is out of the bottle, you can’t put it back.

  6. I hope one day you and all the Ethiopian people wake up from your sleep and find out that you dream was nothing but a silly and stupid dream.
    Mr. Ferenji you need to READ and REREAD and find the facts before you publish your story.
    For your information “Ambassador Girma Asmerom, Eritrea’s ambassador to the UN” is not with us anymore.
    ERITREA AND ITS PORTS (ASSAB AND MASSWA) ARE OURS

  7. Dear Cousin Tibebe,

    Frozen in time and frozen in love
    when the kettle calls the pot black.
    The late Excellency Girma Asmerom would have reciprocated. RIP his Excellency!

    I agree wholeheartedly with you on your call to the Eritrean leadership to take the pace of the running Camel instead of the slow tortoise. What for a cousin, if not for such insightful advice? Cousins are also for uncalled name calling under the pretext of cousin-ness. I hope you read what you wrote by placing yourself in your cousin’s shoes.

    Putting these aside, let’s mention some facts:

    – PM Abiy, in his infamous parliamentary plea, directly referred to Eritrea, more than any of his neighbors, Eritreas ports, coasts, and Eritreas history plus threats. Saying, he didn’t target Eritrea is like a person denying talking about Ethiopia, after describing a country in East Africa with tricolor green yellow red flag, from where the blue Nile origin, and whose capital city’s name means new flower.

    – Talking of false narratives, saying Congo got an outlet in 1885 during colonial formation of the nations in relevance to Abiys quest to own a port from independent nations more than a century after they were formed (in the manner Ethiopia was formed) is like comparing apples and river stones.

    – Presenting Poland as a landlocked country is a false narrative equivant to saying Poland is located on the north Pole.

    – Saying Moldovia swapped land with Ukraine is not true, simplifying a complex problem of border dispute and delimitation that involves not only the two countries but Romania and Russia as well.

    Why all these ጎረቤት ሲያትልሉ ያልተሰጠ ተቀበለ ኣሉ. Ethiopian scholars hammered these patently false narratives on Fana TV for the last 2 months.

    Abiy’s “give and take” is by no means original. Ethiopia and UK discussed it in the 1920s on Zeila in exchange for works on Tana Lake and later between Zeila and Gildessa grazing area. Not honestly mentioning and acknowledging previous attempts is at a miss, to say the least, not an originality.

    If we are to talk of venom, it was spewed in the above article you authored by the words and codescending tone spread here and there. One can not neutralize “venom” by venom in the name of cousin-ness.

    God, please don’t forget to bless when you grant Tibebe’s prayer to bless Ethiopia.

  8. Dear Cousin Tibebe,

    Frozen in time and frozen in love
    when the kettle calls the pot black.
    The late Excellency Girma Asmerom would have reciprocated. RIP his Excellency!

    I agree wholeheartedly with you on your call to the Eritrean leadership to take the pace of the running Camel instead of the slow tortoise. What for a cousin, if not for such insightful advice? Cousins are also for uncalled name calling under the pretext of cousin-ness. I hope you read what you wrote by placing yourself in your cousin’s shoes.

    Putting these aside, let’s mention some facts:

    – PM Abiy, in his infamous parliamentary plea, directly referred to Eritrea, more than any of his neighbors, Eritreas ports, coasts, and Eritreas history plus threats. Saying, he didn’t target Eritrea is like a person denying talking about Ethiopia, after describing a country in East Africa with tricolor green yellow red flag, from where the blue Nile origin, and whose capital city’s name means new flower.

    – Talking of false narratives, saying Congo got an outlet in 1885 during colonial formation of the nations in relevance to Abiys quest to own a port from independent nations more than a century after they were formed (in the manner Ethiopia was formed) is like comparing apples and river stones.

    – Presenting Poland as a landlocked country is a false narrative equivant to saying Poland is located on the north Pole.

    – Saying Moldovia swapped land with Ukraine is not true, simplifying a complex problem of border dispute and delimitation that involves not only the two countries but Romania and Russia as well.

    Why all these ጎረቤት ሲያትልሉ ያልተሰጠ ተቀበለ ኣሉ. Ethiopian scholars hammered these patently false narratives on Fana TV for the last 2 months.

    Abiy’s “give and take” is by no means original. Ethiopia and UK discussed it in the 1920s on Zeila in exchange for works on Tana Lake and later between Zeila and Gildessa grazing area. Not honestly mentioning and acknowledging previous attempts is a miss, to say the least, not an originality.

    If we are to talk of venom, it was spewed in the above article you authored by the words and codescending tone spread here and there. One can not neutralize “venom” by venom in the name of cousin-ness.

    God, please don’t forget to bless Eritrea when you grant Tibebe’s prayer blessing Ethiopia.

  9. My question to Mr Tibebe is: is he an Eritrean or Ethiopian? It seems to me you can only be an Ethiopian or an Eritrean, not both. When Eritreans voted for independence after 30 years of liberation struggle, Ethiopia make it clear that if you vote for Eritrea, you have no business being in Ethiopia, like the famous words from Meles Zenaoui: “if I don’t like his eye color out of Ethiopia” and more than 100,000 Ethiopians of Eritrean origins were shipped back to Eritrea and their belongings annexed by Ethiopian individuals or the government. Some Eritreans born in Ethiopia for several generations and not speaking a word of tigrigna, some Married to Ethiopians, just had to leave all their belongings and leave the country. Some were shipped by bus and some others walk through mining fields.
    “The opposition to Ethiopia’s access to the seaport is not just coming from some brainless Eritreans”. quite right, it is came after Eritreans sacrificed their fathers’ brothers and sons and daughters during the thirty years of independence war and dearly paid the price. But like they say, today enemies can be tomorrow’s friends. But this entirely depends on Ethiopia and his people.
    Eritreans have no gruge against Ethiopian people, although we suffered enormously under Ethiopian coloniale regime, first during Haile sellasse time, then the fascist DERG until independence. I think it is important to see back in history and replace things in the right contexte. So, when it comes to the use or the possession of a part of the land we recovered from the colonial regime after so much sacrifice, it is important to consider the consequence of such an act, especially when that old power is adding the menace of a renewed war. Besides, we also know that Abiye already has in hand a whole navy group trained by the French and is only looking for a place to dump his newly established navy, then where else than Eritrea? Didn’t he answer that when it came to see he would share with Isayas?
    But right now, Abiye is playing with words. Today is “we will not go to war”, but yesterday it was by agreement or by force and then it became we will barter, take part or EAL, part of Tigray’s land or even part of GERD. We know he is a master “forked tongue “like it is now obvious for all Ethiopians and not like Tibebe said ” a man of his word and action”. The new argument is we will negotiate, what is there to negotiate when Eritrea declared that our ports are open ports and by paying the right price, Ethiopia like any other landlocked country can use Eritrean ports without restrictions according to international laws and the agreement with Eritrean government.

  10. Tibebe says, “Since Dr. Abiy took power in Ethiopia, he has done an amazing job transforming Ethiopia in all sectors.”

    I could delve into a list of Dr. Abiy’s failures, but I wouldn’t finish even if I had the entire week. Also, I don’t want to rub salt into our Ethiopian brothers’ wounds. It’s disheartening to witness how mighty Ethiopia is crumbling before our eyes, like a house of cards.

    From your above picture, I’m sure you’re old enough to know that the causes that destroyed the previous regimes in Ethiopia were directly related to Eritrea. Abi seems to be taking the same road. It’s understandable that the world is undergoing a change in its order, and no one seems to know who will benefit from this new world order. However, the previous unipolar world is expiring, and some strong states are using this opportunity to annex land/seas from their neighbors using force under different pretexts. For example, Russia-Ukraine, Israel-GAZA, Venezuela-Guyana. But all these countries have something in common: strong military, economy, and diplomacy. What does Ethiopia have? We all know that if it weren’t for Eritrea coming to fight, even you wouldn’t have the chance to write an op-ed here freely. TPLF would either be running the country, or Ethiopia would be balkanized. Saddeningly, the hard-earned bilateral relationship between Eritrea and Ethiopia is now in question. Dr. Abiy has lost Ethiopian support, and the rebels operating in Ethiopia are increasing in no. with different political agendas. They are all ethnos fascist in nature, having nothing in common except claiming to fight for their ethnicity. They all targeting Arat Killo. Sooner or later, one of them will get close to Arat Killo. We will see then if the Eritrean government will step up to save Ethiopia from disintegrating. However, after what Dr. Abiy has said I don’t think that will happen

  11. I have been reading aricles published in this website for four years but i have never read sich a rubbish and utterly false data. let me raise some points from article:
    1. he is a man of his word and action. Sure???
    2. he made ethiopa one of the strongest nation in africa. You mean IDP
    3 Ethiopa has made tremendous progress since eritirea sepoaration. tremenddous progress?????
    Finally,May God protect ethiopia and the people of ethiopan from you and him!

  12. Tibebe, I am very surprised you go this far to Defend PM Abiy. The article is full of inconsistency, lies and fiction as if you write a case for a poor immigrants who come to see you help them exaggerating what happened to them. You mastered it in that area of your work and now you used the same fictions in international relations. As you claimed Eritrea isn’t stack in the past, but want strategical partners not those who are blinded in their short term gains. Eritrean’s paid unnecessary sacrifice due to leaders who don’t respect laws that govern the relationship b/n these two countries.

    You stated Ethiopia denied the port access after the war started. Total lie. Eritrea even provide it’s service after the war to help transport food aid for hunger stricken Ethiopians. You bring the late Girma Asmerom, a very well known figure who passed away 7 years ago. You must do this on purpose. The best footballer who represent Ethiopia and placed his name in the only African cup Ethiopia won, can’t considered a mistake.

    Focus on what you are good. Your amateurish article on the subject you don’t have good insight, on the issue which is widely and clearly the PM talked can’t be defended but it only show how you blinded you become.

  13. A week or two ago the media was all abuzz with what PM Abiy said about the issue of seaports. I personally believe that his comment was mercilessly misconstrued and slivered to make points of all sorts. His own way of presenting his views on the need of seaports might have played a part to fall into the hands of those who daydream of another bloody war between the two fraternal peoples of Ethiopia and Eritrea. He might have left it with loose ends. They wish of the war mongers did not happen so far and it ain’t gonna happen either.

    I hope those who are in the decision making positions of the two countries of Eritrea and Ethiopia would come to their senses and start talking about port facilities issues and come up with agreement that will benefit everyone. There are prospects of petroleum in both countries but the future of fossil fuel is in question with every car manufacturer is slowly phasing out current models with electric vehicles. Meanwhile, the population of the entire Horn of Africa is ballooning at an alarming pace especially in Ethiopia. That country will not be too long before its current population reaches the 150 million mark. 250 million is not that far either. To put it in the mildest form, it will be impossible for a 150 or 250 million people to go on without a seaside breather. I don’t think it will be willing to be suffocated. It should also be noted that all major rivers that traverse the Horn of Africa have their origins well inside the current Roof of Africa called Ethiopia. Things can go so dire and complicated. The current air of peace will be replaced by constant fear and animosity that can lead a generation or two later to the procurement/manufacturing of miscellaneous forms of weapons of mass destruction. I believe the knowledge is out there already but just lacking the desire to have one. Once one acquires it then it will all a domino effect. Avoiding such nightmarish scenario is in the hands of Brother Isaias and PM Abiy. The foundation for virtual peace and co-existence should be laid now, as we speak. Leasing port facilities for military powers will not bring big enough a dough to sustain the economic well being of any nation and it can turn out to be a liability if the big boys choose to duke it out. This runaway population growth has been a concern for me for quite some time now.
    This is my two cents worth of an opinion and as always fiercely independent.

  14. Wait, the author claims to be a native Eritrean? What a deception. Here is a fact: His father, Samuel Ferenji was born in Wellega province, on April 5, 1937 to his father Ferenji Bonto, and mother, Abebech Gemeda. The author has hated Eritrean and Eritreans for a long time. I don’t know where his hatred stems from. His support for Abiy seems to be drive by his Oromo heritage. Ferenjoch ye’Ethiopia ena ye’Africa telat nachew, brutal colonialism

  15. A totally misguided or just an outright propaganda with no . purpose . It is perplexing to hear this type of narrative from the supposedly by someone having better opportunities to analyze facts and historical perspectives. An ordinary Ethiopian farmer has better understanding of the current situations of Ethiopia . It is evident by now expecting any thing worthwhile from Abiye Ahmed is just unthinkable. He is the number one problem of Ethiopian if not the only one.

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