The World Satellite Channel from Beirut sheds light into the Eritrean-Ethiopian border conflict

GIC KHARTOUM (28Nov.)-The World Channel, from Beirut, had broadcast especial program about the Eritrean-Ethiopian border dispute in its program “under the Ash” in the evening of last Friday. Journalists Anwar al-Ansee, from Lebanon, has participated in the program from the studio, the Eritrean journalist Mohamed Taha Tewekel, director of the Gulf Information Center and the Ethiopian journalist Mohamed Ibrahim, editor of the Ethiopia world newspaper have participated through telephone from Addis Ababa. The program in its beginning broadcast an analytical report about the latest developments along the border of the two countries. The GIC has seen the importance of shedding light into the most important points. The Lebanese journalist has predicted an outbreak of war between the two countries and expected the continuation of tensions until the eruption of the military confrontations. He said that the two regimes in the two countries are facing crisis and they don’t have any alternative before them except resorting to war to escape from their internal problems. Journalist Anwar said that the dispute has taken a personal dimension between Afwerki and Zenawee. Mr.Anwar, who has anticipated through out the program an eruption of war between the two countries, has said that all factors of war have been completed. “The war could break out at any moment,” stressed Anwar. Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim has talked in a very comprehensive way about the stance of his country and criticized the Eritrean government. “Eritrean is a poor country; and has no potentiality. It is poor country militarily and economically; and it needs some one who takes care of it,” added Ibrahim. Mohammed Taha Twekel has alienated eruption of war due the political and economic factories which the two countries are experiencing. He said that the victorious one in the war will be the losers; adding that dialogue is the breakthrough for the border dispute. Twekel said that the Eritrean president has committed three strategic mistakes: the first one is his involvement in war in May 1998.Because the regime had a chance to pull out, at the time it was politically and militarily powerful, by accepting the calls of the African Union and the American-Rwandan initiative. The second mistake was its acceptance for the Algiers agreement at the time the Ethiopian forces were occupying40% of the Eritrean land. Twekel said that the Algiers Agreement was humiliating for it made 25% of the Eritrean land “a disarmed area.” The third mistake is his attacks for the UN and USA and his involvement in personal clashs with the Secretary General. Twekel said, while answering to the questions “Ethiopia has ambitions of expansion,” and the verdict of the International Court, the Ethiopian government is the government that has recognized the independence of Eritrea; and the opposition which the Eritrean regime is supporting is the one that criticizes the “Ethiopian government’s recognition for the independence of Eritrea.” Twekel said that the regime has still a chance, despite all these criticisms, to get out of its crisis by conducting a national reconciliation process. The regime should, first, reconcile with its self; and with its people before trying to normalize its relations with the Yemen and the Sudan; and it should release all conscience prisoners and establish state of law. Twekel has criticized strongly the claims that say “Eritrea is a poor country and is not qualified to establish its statehood,” assuring the capacity of Eritreans to run their state. Tewkel said that Eritreans have powerful economic capability. “The problem is in the policies of the regime; and not the people,” said Tewkel. “The problem will end with the end of the ongoing policy of the regime.”

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