Ethiopia: The Moral Imperative to Stand By Eritreans

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The lifting of the sanctions against Eritrea by the United Nations Security Council was seen as a reward for rapprochements with neighbouring countries and a vindication of the allegations of supporting radical terrorist groups in Somalia.

The UN decision was positively responded to by the African Union and Western nations, the latter of which have been instrumental to having the sanctions lifted. But none are happier than the government of Ethiopia, which had in effect lobbied for it and has now turned 180 degrees from its policy of the past. Although past administrations have shown willingness to extend an olive branch to Eritrea’s government, none have walked the talk on the major point of contention between the two countries – the UN Border Commission’s ruling that Ethiopia must concede the town of Badme to Eritrea.

Sources: all Africa