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The Virtual Demarcation of the Boundary

(Part 3: PDF version )
Ambassador Andeberhan Welde Ghergis

PART 2: PUBLISHED 16 APRIL 2018 (Part 2: PDF version )

PART 1: PUBLISHED 10 APRIL 2018  (Part 1: PDF version)

Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission EEBC Map
 New International Boundary between Eritrea and Ethiopia (the EEBC’s Map 13; shades inserted by the author)

The Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) delivered its decision on the delimitation of the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia on 13 April 2002.[14] Eritrea’s claim line generally corresponded with the historical colonial treaty border. On the other hand, Ethiopia’s claim line incorporated extensive tracts of territory on the Eritrean side of that border: the ‘Yirga Triangle’ in the Mereb-Setit section of the Western Sector, the ‘Belesa Projection’ and the ‘Endeli Projection’ in the Mereb-Belesa-Muna line in the Central Sector, and the Bada and Bure areas in the Eastern Sector. Clearly, Ethiopia claimed large areas that did not belong to it as a bargaining chip and ended up gaining about half of its claims at Eritrea’s expense. 

Map 6 shows the new international boundary between the State of Eritrea and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, with the heavily shaded areas indicating the territorial effect of the delimitation decision of the Boundary Commission on the historical colonial treaty border. The decision of the Boundary Commission effectively modified the historical colonial treaty border between the two states in favour of Ethiopia. The map depicts that the delimitation decision of the Boundary Commission, as an arbitral determination of the boundary, essentially ceded to Ethiopia the red-shaded strips of land in the Western, Central, and Eastern sectors that the colonial treaties of 1900, 1902, and 1908 had placed in Eritrean territory.


Predictably, there was a marked contrast in the immediate public reaction of the two states to the eagerly awaited announcement of the Boundary Commission’s Delimitation Decision on 13 April 2002. In a swift response, the Ethiopian government declared victory and the state media in Addis Ababa exuded a celebratory mood. The Eritrean government issued no official statement on that notable day; the state media merely broke the news and, in a display of uncertainty as to the territorial significance of the ruling, the country’s television station kept on flashing the new delimitation line in the different sectors of the border without comment.

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መርሓባ!! ሕጂ ዲንቂ !!

Yamamoto meets with  PIA

ሉኡኽ መንግስቲ ኣሜሪካ ምስ ፕረዚደንት ኢሰያስን ካልኦት ላዕለዎት ሓለፍቲ መንግስቲ ኤርትራን ግንባርን ተራኺቡ ዘትዮ፡ እዚ ርክብ ድሕሪ 14 ዓመታት ናይ መጀመርያ ወግዓዊ ርክብ ክልቲኤን መንግስታት ይኸውን ኣሎ ማለት እዩ። እቲ ልኡኽ ድሕሪ ኤርትራ ናብ ጅቡቲን ኢትዮጵያን ክበጽሕ ምዃኑ ተፈሊጡ ኣሎ። 
US delegation led by Acting Assistant Secretary for Africa, Amb Yamamoto, paid a three-day visit to Asmara. The delegation met with President Isaias Afwerki and other officials; discussed prospects of bilateral ties and cooperation on regional issues.

Top US official’s visit to Eritrea indicates renewed relations, assisting sanctions’ lifting, investment, and Ethiopian peace talks

US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto visited Eritrea on 22–24 April, the first visit by a top US official in years.

No details have been made public, other than Yamamoto was due to meet Eritrean officials, foreign diplomats, and US embassy staff in Asmara, before moving on to Djibouti and Ethiopia. In November 2017, Yamamoto, a former US envoy to all three countries, announced that the United States was ready to facilitate peace talks between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has said that he is ready for dialogue. However, Eritrea insists on Ethiopia’s withdrawal from occupied territory, particularly the town of Badme, awarded to Eritrea by international arbitration following the two countries’ 1998–2000 border war, but never vacated by Ethiopia.



Some of the unfair criticisms against the Eritrean government by some in the Diaspora:
coming soon.. 

Distance education graduates


Asmara, 22 April 2018- The National Higher Education and Research Institute in the collaboration of the University of Swiss Management Center and South African University graduated on 21 April 31 nationals with Masters Degree.

The graduates are from various government institutions and were graduated in the fields of Business Administration, Finance and Controlling, Human Resources Development, Global Development Economics, Political Science and Empowerment, Information Security as well as Business Leadership.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Semere Russom, Minister of Education, indicating that education is the foundation for the overall economic and Social development of a country, said that short and long term distance education have been provided alongside the college education opportunity. Minister Semere pointed out that so far more than 100 citizens have been graduated with Masters Degree in collaboration with the Swiss and South African Universities.

The Director of the Bureau of Standards and Evaluation at the National Higher Education and Research Institute, Dr. Bissrat Ghebru said that the graduates are the products of the firm commitment of the Government of the State of Eritrea to educate its people at all levels so that they become productive and responsible citizens. Dr. Bissrat reiterated that as part of the commitment to produce highly qualified human resources in the country relentless effort is being exerted to expand the provision of higher level education through sending graduates overseas and through distance education.

The representative of the graduates commended the Government for creating providing the opportunity, and pledged to reinforce participation in the national development endeavors.


Fixing Ethiopia Requires More Than a New Prime Minister


Editor’s Note: For years, Ethiopia has appeared to be a relative success story, emerging from years of conflict and becoming a somewhat democratic, pro-Western ally in East Africa. Yet this success is in jeopardy. Yale's Hilary Matfess details the creeping authoritarianism in Ethiopia and its dangers for the country and the United States.

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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017- Eritrea



Eritrea is a highly centralized, authoritarian regime under the control of President Isaias Afwerki. The People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), headed by the president, is the sole political party. There have been no national-level elections since the country’s independence from Ethiopia in 1993.

Civilian authorities in the regime generally maintained effective control over most security forces.

The most significant human rights issues included arbitrary deprivation of life; disappearances; torture and other cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment by security forces, including for political and religious beliefs; harsh prison and detention center conditions; arbitrary arrest; denial of fair public trial; arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy, family, or home; restrictions on freedoms of speech and press; restrictions on internet freedom, academic freedom, and cultural events; restrictions on freedom of peaceful assembly, association, and religion; limits on freedom of internal movement and foreign travel; inability of citizens to choose their government in free and fair elections; corruption and lack of transparency; restrictions on international nongovernmental organizations; violence against women and girls, including in military camp settings and national service positions; human trafficking; criminalization of same-sex sexual conduct; and forced labor, including forced participation in the country’s national service program, routinely for periods beyond the 18-month legal obligation.

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