Friday, June 25, 2004

Eritrea/Ethiopia: Eritrea asking Mugabe to intervene

An envoy for Eritrean President Issaias Afewerki was in Harare today to ask Mugabe to intervene in the Eritrea/Ethiopia border dispute.
Speaking to reporters after delivering the message, Eritrean Energy and Mines Minister Tesfai Gebreselassie said that his country wanted Mugabe to exert his influence on the African Union (AU) to take action against Ethiopia for reneging on the verdict of a United Nations Commission established to resolve the dispute.
Xinhua is the only one carrying the story

Also today ... Eritrea said it would not attend next month's African Union summit in Ethiopia.
"I don't think we can possibly send a representative of our country to Ethiopia when Ethiopia... is forcibly occupying our sovereign territory," Yemane Gebremeskel, President Issaias Afeworki's chief of staff, told AFP.