06/09/08 (B464) WIC / L’Ambassadeur de Somalie en Afrique du Sud affirme dans une interview exclusive, que “le tyran érythréen” est en train de jeter de l’huile sur le feu dans la Corne de l’Afrique. Eritrean tyrant aggravating conflict in horn: Abdulkerim Farah (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

The Somali Ambassador to South Africa, Abdulkerim Farah, said that the tyrant Eritrean government is aggravating conflicts in the horn of Africa.

In his exclusive interview with WIC the Ambassador said that the government in Asmara is not only invaded neighboring countries like Djibouti and previous the Islands of Yemen but also it has been interfering in the internal affairs of Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia, which has been jeopardizing the peace and stability of the region.

According to the Ambassador it is the Eritrean government that is hosting all anti peace elements in the country and aggressively working against peace and security situations in the Horn in general and in Somalia in particular. He added that the Eritrean government sent militants and provided military logistics to insurgents in Somalia, adding there are ample evidences that it helps terrorist groups in the region.

According to Ambassador Abdukarim Farah the Eritrean government has recently invaded Djibouti to jeopardize the peace talks between the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and the main opposition groups that was held there.

The Ambassador added that the Eritrean government has also been sending armed shipmen to Somalia, training insurgents against the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and lobbying internationally against the will of the Somali people.

He further indicated that there is a lot of evidence that the Eritrean government has been committing all anti-peace acts in the region and as a result it has been isolated from countries in the Horn and the country is now in a desperate political situation

05/09/08 (B463-B) WIC / Djibouti remet à la Croix rouge internationale, 26 prisonniers de guerre détenus depuis les affrontements sanglants de Ras Doumera. – 5 prisonniers capturés lors des combats et 21 déserteurs érythréens qui se seraient rendus dans les jours qui ont suivi. Un seul officier et les 20 autres sont des appelés. L’Erythrée devrait remettre ensuite les prisonniers djiboutiens via le Quatar / Djibouti turns over 26 Eritreans to ICRC (En Anglais – Info lecteur et ses précisions à la fin)

Djiboutian authorities handed over 26 Eritreans to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who had been under their custody since the June military clashes between Eritrea and Djibouti, according to Awate – Gedab News.

Of the 26 Eritreans, five were wounded and captured in the June 10-11 clash. The rest, 21 conscripts, surrendered to Djibouti in the days following the military clash.

With the exception of Captain Mehari, who is an officer in the Eritrean army, the other prisoners are all Eritrean conscripts.

Meanwhile, Eritrea holds fifteen prisoners of war from the Djiboutian army and it is unclear whether these were turned over to the ICRC.

The Eritrean government had earlier offered to exchange its prisoners with those held by Djibouti and the state of Qatar had been involved in the initiative. But Djibouti refused the offer and opted to use the conventional approach with the Red Cross.

Gedab News has also learned that there are scores of Oromo and Ogaden detainees in Djibouti who escaped from their training camps in Eritrea close to the Djibouti-Eritrea border area. Eritrea hosts Ethiopian Oromo and Ogaden opposition groups.

Meanwhile, Eritrea has finally given its permission to the UN fact finding mission to visit Eritrea with one caveat: the mission has to fly directly from New York.

Eritrea has indicated it will not receive any delegation if it flies from either Djibouti or any other Middle Eastern country.

Eritrea had previously rejected fact-finding visits from the African Union (AU) and the League of Arab States (Arab League.)

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Selon les informations que j’ai pu obtenir, la majorité des 26 Erythréens remis à la Croix Rouge, seraient non pas des appelés, mais des travailleurs manuels, des gardiens ou des bergers etc. originaires de la region d’Obock et membres de la communauté Afar.

En effet, au lendemain des combats, le SDS avait commencé à pourchasser et à arrêter tous les immigrés Erythréens de la région afin de montrer à la communauté internationale que l’AND avait été capable de faire des prisonniers pendant les combats et probablement de disposer d’une monnaie d’échange pour récupérer les véritables soldats djiboutiens qui ont été capturés par l’adversaire …. et dont on nous cache le nombre exact … Est-il si important ?

26/11/06 (B371) Train Djibouti – Addis / Une entreprise italienne gagne l’appel offre pour réparer les 118 kms de voie (sur 784 au total) les plus dégradés, pour cause d’absence d’entretien ….(WIC / info lecteur)

Addis
Ababa, November 25, 2006 (WIC) – The Ethio-Djibouti Railway Company said the
winner of the bid for the repair work of the 114kms railway has been identified.

General
Manager of the company, Tiume Tekie,declared the Italian company Consta as
a winner, adding that repair work would begin within two months.

Accordingly,
of the 784 kms railway stretching from Ethiopia to Djibouti, the seriously
damaged 114kms is given priority as it has long been neglected following the
Ethio-Somali war that inflicted grave destruction on the route.

Agreement with the winner company would soon
be concluded, the General Manager added.

Following the agreement, the company will
establish a factory that produces rail concrete and iron frames, Tiume further
indicated.

The study for the repair work has been carried
out by the European Union, he said, adding that the cost for the current maintenance
work would also be covered by the Union.

On completion of the repair work, the company
plans to procure 20 new trains and carriages fitted with modern communication
instruments, Tiume said.

Negotiations are also underway to give the
company in contract from 20-25 years so as to further enhance its activities,
the General Manager concluded.