Eritrean opposition party condemns Ethiopian attack

 Eritrean opposition party condemns Ethiopian attack

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Text of statement issued by opposition Eritrean People's Democratic Party (EPDP) on 17 March, published by official EPDP website Nharnet.org on 19 March

Sovereign Eritrean territory, including Badme [flashpoint of the 1998-2000 Eritrea-Ethiopia border war, which was later awarded to Eritrea by the Eritrea-thiopia Boundary Commission, EEBC] still remain under Ethiopian occupation as the latter remains reluctant to implement the EEBC ruling. As a result, the two countries have been in a no-peace-no-war situation.

In a bid to enfeeble one another, the two governments have been propping up each other's opposition groups that carry out cross border armed attacks, acts which further compounded the crisis in the aftermath of the unjustifiable war between the two countries.

Ethiopia officially declared on Thursday, 15 March 2012, that its military crossed 17 km deep into Eritrea and attacked three targets which it said were camps used by [Ethiopian] opposition forces, under a guise of revenging for an attack on European tourists by Ethiopian opposition forces [in Ethiopia's Afar Regional State in January].

The Eritrean People's Democratic Party [opposition EPDP] condemns the attack as such an action is a dangerous prelude to direct confrontations between the militaries of the two countries, and calls for its immediate end.

EPDP urges the two governments to iron out their differences in a legal and peaceful manner since war will not bring about durable peace.

EPDP also calls on the UN Security Council, the EU and the AU to do whatever they could to avert new developments that would disrupt peace in the two countries, and for the prevalence of peace in our region.

[Issued by] Eritrean People's Democratic Party.

17 March 2012.

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