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Ethiopia’s Security Crisis Self-inflicted, Eritrea Innocent – Former US Diplomat

Ethiopia must deal with its home generated security crisis
“I don’t really mind Eritrea taking the credit for the security crisis in TPLF led Ethiopia, but it would be great injustice to the sacrifices of Qeerroo (Oromo youth)” – @KurubelBerhe

BY AFRICA NEWS

Ethiopia must deal with its home generated security crisis and stop using Eritrea as a smokescreen, this is the view of a former United States Assistant Secretary of State.

Herman Cohen on Monday waded into renewed claims by Ethiopia that neighbouring Eritrea was backing groups aimed at destabilizing the country. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Security Crisis Self-inflicted, Eritrea Innocent – Former US Diplomat

Ambassador Cohen: What’s Next for Ethiopia?

What are the options for the regime at this time?

Can the ruling EPRDF coalition be saved from a possible split?

BY AMB. HERMAN J. COHEN

It is not surprising that after three years in office – three years of famine, violence, and serious political and social instability – Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has resigned, effective with the swearing-in of his replacement within a few weeks. Continue reading Ambassador Cohen: What’s Next for Ethiopia?

Ethiopia at an Ominous Crossroads: Amb. Cohen

Ambassador Herman Cohen calls for the implementation of Article 39 of the Ethiopian constitution within the full meaning of the term “self-determination” to get Ethiopia out of the current crisis.

BY AMBASSADOR HERMAN COHEN

Article 39 of the Ethiopian Constitution states: “Every Nation, Nationality and People in Ethiopia has an unconditional right to self-determination, including the right to secession.”

This Constitution was adopted in 1994 and ratified in 1995. Between that year and the present, the “right of self-determination” among the country’s nine official “states,” within the official federal system, has never been implemented. Continue reading Ethiopia at an Ominous Crossroads: Amb. Cohen

U.S. Should take Advantage of Eritrea’s Strategic Location: Amb. Herman Cohen

Amb. Herman J. Cohen pictured with Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia and Isayas Afwerki of Eritrea. (Photo: By Herman J. Cohen)

By Justin L. Wilson | for International Policy Digest,

Ambassador Herman J. Cohen (Ret.) served in the U.S. Foreign Service for 38 years and has dedicated his entire professional career to African affairs. During his tenure as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during the first Bush Administration, and through his role at the NSC in the Reagan White House, Cohen worked to bring about peaceful transitions of power in South Africa and Namibia, and helped to end conflicts in Angola, Ethiopia, and Mozambique. Over the years, Cohen grew to know every first-generation African leader – from Mandela, to Mobutu, to Moammar Gaddafi. Continue reading U.S. Should take Advantage of Eritrea’s Strategic Location: Amb. Herman Cohen

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መለስ ዜናዊ ፦ ” . . . ወደ ዓሰብ ንሕና እንተ ዘይተጠቒምናሉ መስተዪ ኣግማል ኮይኑ ክተርፍ እዩ። . . . መታን ኤርትራ ከይትረብሕን ኣታዊታት ወደብ ከይትረክብን ዝኸፈልና ከፊልና ወደብ ጂቡቲ ኢና ንጥቀም ” ድንቂ። እሞ ሕጂ ደኣ ኣግማልና ኣበይ ወሲድና ከነስተይን ስለዝተደልየ ኢዩ ወደብኩም ንናይ ኢትዮጲያ መግቢ ረድኤት መእተዊ ፍቐዱለን ዝበሓል ዘሎ?

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ዝቢ ኤርትራ ነዛ ብዓመጽቲ ዝተመንዝዓቶ ነጻነቱ ንምርካብ ዝሓሓለፎ መሪር ገድልን ዝኸፈሎ ረዚን መስዋእትን ኣብ ኣህጉር ኣፍሪቃስ ይትረፍ ኣብ ዓለም ውን መዳርግቲ የብሉን ። ክንሕረድ እንዳሰማዕና እንዳረኣና ኣብ መጋርያ ሓዊ ክንጥበስ ፡ ነፍሰ ጾራት ኣዴታት ኣብ ከብደን ዘሎ ዕሸል እንተ ተወሊዱ ወንበዴ ክኸውን እዩ እናበሉ ብሳንጃ ከብደን ዘልዚሎም ክድርብይወን ከለዉ ፡ ቆልዓ ሰበይቲ ብናፓል ቦምብን ክላስተር ቦምባታትን ክሓርሩ እንከለዉ ውድብ ሕቡራት ሃገራት ይኹኑ ኤውሮጳዊ ሕብረት ርእዮም ከም ዘይረኣዩ ሰሚኦም ከም ዘይሰምዑ ብጭቕ ኢሎም ውን ኣይተዛረቡን ። ንጥፋኣት ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ንስቓይ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ነዳዲ ይውስኹ ኔሮም ። Continue reading ድርቂ ኣብ ኢትዮጵያን ወደባት ኤርትራን

Eritrea’s Ports and Ethiopia’s Famine

Will Ethiopia consider it as acts of humiliation, even if it was meant to save lives, if a formal proposal to brought in humanitarian aid through the Eritrean ports of Assab and Massawa happen to come from the international community, for the second time?

By Amb. Herman Cohen,

The severe Ethiopian famine that is just over the horizon will require the use of Eritrean ports to handle the massive arrival of food relief from the international community. The sheer volume of food for 40 million people cannot be processed solely by the port of Djibouti and the railway from Djibouti to Addis Abeba.

It is important that Ethiopia and Eritrea start making arrangements immediately for the opening of the Eritrean ports of Asab and Masawa so as to receive the ships carrying the famine relief. These ports have easy access to northern Ethiopia where most of the need exists. Continue reading Eritrea’s Ports and Ethiopia’s Famine