Conflict flares up at the Eritrea-Ethiopia border: Has the Eritrea Inquiry Commission’s report encouraged TPLF to exploit the situation to divert attention from its worsening internal problems?

13 Jun

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Eritrea’s Minister of Information Yemane Gebremeskel Monday confirmed that the TPLF regime in Ethiopia has launched attack against Eritrea on the Tsorona Central Front.

This same story was already made official Sunday by Horn Affairs, a TPLF affiliate. It announced that heavy fighting has broken out on the Tsorena front on the Eritrean-Ethiopia border.

Its editor, Daniel Berhane, quoting his intelligence sources has confirmed that a mechanized division stationed in Mekelle has been “partially mobilized to the border area.”

Eritrea is saying “The purpose and ramifications of this attack are not clear. The Government of Eritrea will issue further statements on the unfolding situation.”

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The map shows that Tsorona is inside Eritrea proper. Therefore, it is the TPLF forces fighting inside Eritrean territory attacking. Note that Ethiopia is a country preparing itself to become a member of the United Nations Security Council.

The start to this perhaps is issuance of the report of the United Nations Eritrea Inquiry Commission, whose report many have already criticized as one sided.

The Inquiry Commission’s report calls for the United Nations Security Council to refer Eritrean officials to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity.

The US State Department has dismissed Eritrea’s concern over the report as ‘disingenuous concern‘, according to a twit by Eritrea’s minister of information.

Speculation has it that the Addis Abeba regime may be striking now, as the saying has it, while the iron is hot.

In other words, Eritrea has become a pariah state and the TPLF is taking advantage of the situation to accelerate the speed with which the Security Council would pick up the report in the context of the current conflict. In many regards, this may help the regime in Addis Abeba to divert public attention from the corruption, rising ethnic tensions flaring in many parts of the country, an economy on the brink of collapse and bad governance that has rallied the nation against the much-hated ethnic minority regime.

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