Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Regarding the recent military engagement between the TPLF regime and Arbengoch Ginbot 7 (AG7) forces, in its article of May 14, 2016 TEO questioned validity of the regime’s statement about its A – Z knowledge and whereabouts the of ‘Eritrea-recruitd-and-disptached’ destabilization force from its inception in Asmara to its arming, flight to Uganda, to its return by car to Kenya and then its entry into southern Ethiopia on land.
As IGAD members, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda have treaty agreements to exchange information in the fight against terrorism. We asked why the TPLF could not have operationalized that instrument to get immediately arrested by either of the two nations. We have not seen anything resembling an answer from statement of the National Intelligence and Security Service and Federal Police Joint Anti-Terrorism Taskforce, nor from the May 12, 2016 TPLF propaganda minister’s briefing to the press.
In TPLF’s habitual ways, again Saturday the TPLF security reiterated that it has successfully completed its military operations against the ‘Eritrea-trained-and-recruited-agents, which have been apprehended and some of them liquidated, while their internal associates and co-conspirators also were nabbed.
In addition, while ineffectual because of political problems especially Eritrea’s withdrawal from IGAD, the IGAD nations (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Republic, Sudan and Uganda) are tied together by bilateral cooperation and interests through the Convention on Extradition elaborated in 2010, which, among other things, in para 2 requires:
“A State Party in whose territory an alleged offender is found, if it does not extradite a person on the grounds of refusal contained in Article 5, Article 6.1(a), (b), (f) and (g) and Article 6.2(b) and (d), shall, at the request of the requesting State Party be obliged to submit the case without undue delay to its competent authorities for the purpose of prosecution. Those authorities shall take their decision and conduct their proceedings in the same manner as in the case of any other offence of a similar nature under the domestic law of that State Party.”
This, Prof. Berhanu Nega rightly says is shamefully laughable lie. He expresses surprise how in this age of anti-terrorism those AG7 forces could successfully fly with their weapons and not being seized at the airports on landing. It is a valid argument.
It is our understanding that, because of Al-Shabab’s operations in the sub-region, the Horn of Africa for nearly a decade now has been target for anti-terrorist multi-national intelligence operations, from the United States – nestled in Djibouti (the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa – CJTF-HOA) and Ethiopia to the United Kingdom not far as well as France or Israel’s.
Moreover, it is reported that main Western counter-terrorism program in the Horn of Africa and East Africa is the United States-led EA Counter Terrorism Initiative (EACTI), according to some studies, for instance, “Terrorism and counter-terrorism in East Africa“.
The paper indicates that, among others, the African Centre for Study and Research of Terrorism (ACSRT) has been endeavoring at improving counterterrorism. Since 2006, IGAD has launched in Addis Ababa itself the IGAD Capacity Building Program Against Terrorism (ICPAT), funded by EU and other donors. It is reported that ICPAT in Addis Abeba is currently guided by a Steering Committee made up of local ministerial representatives of IGAD member states.
How is it then either AG7 or Eritrea in this situation could pull off this latest mission, which is part of their presumed broader effort to unseat the TPLF the Addis Abeba regime refers to as terrorist action.
In other words, the TPLF has had various avenues for information exchange with Kenya and Uganda, if what it claimed about the Front having every information about AG7’s movement were true!
Naturally, Berhanu Nega rightly asked how the TPLF would explain or justify its persistent accusations against Eritrea, when next time the AG7 command forces hit it anywhere, be it in the north, west or elsewhere.
He made public that his movement gets its weapons from the TPLF army itself, while vowing that Ethiopians should be prepared, as well as the regime, to witness more of the same actions as happened in Arba Minch!
No doubt, Ethiopia is on the cusp of a new period, characterized by the sun sinking on the criminal TPLF gangsters.