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Eritrea caught red handed supplying weapons to Central Africa rebels – what is new?

Tigrai Online April 11, 2013

Eritrea caught red handed supplying weapons to Central Africa Seleka rebels – what is new?
Central African Republic Seleka rebels armed by Eritrea overthrew the government of President François Bozizé.

When there is mayhem and destruction in the Horn and East of Africa, you are certain to find trails of the Eritrean regime. The now former Central African Republic President François Bozizé, who was ousted from power on 24 March 2013 in a bloody coup d’état has accused Chad’s President Idriss Deby, of helping the Seleka rebels to overthrow him.

We had strong brotherly relations with Chad, but we were surprised by their behavior. Only Chadian authorities can give us an explanation” President François Bozizé said.

Le Journal de Brazza reported this week that the arms that were used by the Seleka rebels during the final assault on the presidential palace were supplied by Eritrea, and transported by Chad to the Seleka rebels in Central African Republic.

Scared it will be slapped with another round of sanctions the rogue Eritrean regime franticly denied the accusation this week. Through it’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs it said it has nothing to do with the overthrowing of the Central African Republic President.

“Eritrea has neither the political will nor the material and logistical capabilities to sell/deliver arms to rebels in CAR and/or "other African rebel groups". In the first place, Eritrea does not manufacture weapons and/or ammunitions of any kind. Furthermore, Eritrea has remained under an unlawful arms embargo for the last three years. It would not thus be in a position, even hypothetically, to sell and transfer arms to CAR rebels or Chad with whom it does not share contiguous territory” said part of the press release on the regime’s website.

The notorious leaders of the Eritrean regime are known throughout the world for training and arming rebels and terrorists. Terrorists from Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda have been trained and armed by Eritrea.

You might ask why they do it. The answer is twofold, the first is for political reasons. By arming the terrorists and rebel groups in their neighbourhood they think they can weaken or influence them. The second reason is simple because they are under UN sanctions the Eritrean economy is falling apart, so they work for black market arms dealers and they get paid.

We know Eritrea does not manufacture a needle let alone military weapons, but they are acting like a conduit for illegal arms dealers in the region.

The Central African Republic is a landlocked nation in the center of Africa. It  is rich in natural resources such as diamonds, gold and uranium, but it is also one of the world's poorest countries in the world. Last month rebel groups took control of the country and overthrew the Central African Republic president. Following the rebel group taking over the country there was days of violence and looting and destruction.


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