Tigrai Onlne - January 30, 2014
The 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government opens today January 30, 2014 under the theme, “2014 Year of Agriculture and Food Security, Marking 10th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program. (CAADP).”
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn opened the summit with a speech and said he was "deeply concerned by the emergence of new conflicts" in East Africa especially the conflict in South Sudan. The Ethiopian government played a great role on bringing the two South Sudanese factions to the negotiating table. A ceasefire agreement has been signed in Addis Ababa last week. Despite the signing of the ceasefire agreement reports are indicating the fighting is still continuing.
Mean while the Scandinavian nation of Norway is asking Uganda to withdraw it’s forces from South Sudan. We wonder what compelled Norway to put out a statement like this. “It is now important that President Museveni of Uganda starts the process of reducing and later pulling out the Ugandan troops that are in Juba and surrounding areas,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende told Reuters.The Ugandan troops are in South Sudan on the request of the government of South Sudan and if they want them to withdraw I am sure they will. What is the interest of Norway in the South Sudan conflict?
The AU summit will also explore ways to bring peace to the nation of Central African Republic which has been torn apart by a bloody conflict.
Speaking at a ministerial-level meeting this week, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom lamented that "humanitarian tragedies are unfolding in the two countries at a time when we are talking about 'African renaissance'."
Eritrean Ambassador to the African Union Girma Asmerom talks with Ethiopian Deputy Foreign Minister Ambassador Birhane Gebrekristos. It looks like the Eritrean ambassador is having a good time sipping his white wine, but what about the people of Eritrea?
Over 1000 Eritreans per month are reported to have been trafficked out of Eritrea sold to Egyptian Bedouins in Sinai.
A UN security council leaked report confirmed the Eritrean military regime is behind multimillion-dollar arms trafficking industry that is kidnap, torture and ransom of thousands of Eritreans.
The interesting photo was tweeted by the Eritrean Ambassador.