August 4, 2018

Press Statement – The Question is not “Removal of Sanctions”: It is why sanctions in first place?

In a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on 9 July this month, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, urged for the rescinding of the sanctions imposed on Eritrea. This gesture is an eloquent testimony of the courageous and wise stance of the Prime Minister on justice. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has also expressed the same sentiment during his visit to Asmara this weekend.

Notwithstanding these positive statements, certain forces that harbor ill-will to the people of Eritrea are apparently dismayed by developments that bode well for regional peace and development. This is not surprising at all. It has been nine years since the UN Security Council was prodded to pass unlawful sanctions against Eritrea.

The deplorable sanctions were not based on fact and law. They were maliciously concocted by a small clique in Washington which was working in cahoots with the TPLF regime in order to harass and corner the people and Government of Eritrea.

The damage inculcated by the sanctions in the past nine years on the people of Eritrea, the people of Ethiopia and the region as a whole have been heavy indeed.

One does not need a magic wand to know who has sponsored terrorism in our region and beyond. Similarly, it is not difficult to know who has been obstructing regional stability. These are not intricate secrets hard to crack or decipher. Especially these days when the truth is out into the open.

The people and Government of Eritrea did not succumb or submit to deceit, intimidation and the flouting of the rule of law. Nor did they bow down under duress to legitimize the unlawful sanctions and its tentacles.

Wrongs perpetrated against Eritrea must be compensated with justice. Justice must indeed be done. It is too late now to look for lame excuses!

Ministry of Information
30 July 2018

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