In continuation of the interview he conducted tonight with the national media outlets, President Isaias Afwerki underscored that the TPLF regime’s ploy of dividing, weakening and sowing seeds of division among the Ethiopian people is a capital strategic error.
Stating that all peoples manage to build nationhood only through consummating the political and socio-economic process, the President pointed out that on the contrary the regime marginalized the majority of the Ethiopian people including that of Tigray through disregarding this fundamental truth, thus repeating the blunders committed by previous regimes.
Indicating that the TPLF regime committed three big strategic errors, he stated that the regime’s monopoly of power as a ruling clique rather than giving due credit to the collective struggle waged by all sections of the Ethiopian population represents the primary error. Moreover, it opted to collaborate with external forces as a servant entity in a bid to ensure power hegemony and subjugate nationals, as well as victimizing Eritrea on the pretext of a border problem as a means of covering up domestic problems.
President Isaias further elucidated that although the clique sought to buy time through conducting bogus elections, momentarily suppressing popular opposition and controlling the economy, the regime is basically a rotten entity in which a few corrupt individuals and groups may give the wrong impression of possessing power and the hope of continuity. The visible corruption on the part of the TPLF has assumed a scope beyond redemption, he added.
President Isaias went on to emphasize that despite the ups and downs in the momentum of popular opposition against the minority regime, it does not mean that the mounting opposition has subsided; as a matter of fact, it is constantly on the rise.
Pointing out that the TPLF regime chose to discard the strengthening of relations with Eritrea that would have made tremendous contribution so as to serve the interests of external parties, the President the latest sanctions resolution against Eritrea is part and parcel of the futile attempts made by the regime to weaken Eritrea, as a servant of US interests. The border issue does not require an arbitrator, reconciliation or dialogue but the unconditional withdrawal of Ethiopian forces from occupied sovereign Eritrean territories, he underlined.
Replying to a question on claims that Ethiopia may as well face the danger of disintegration that befell Somalia, President Isaias explained that such an assessment does not at all hold water; it is a claim devoid of common sense. As far as Eritrea is concerned, the leadership never entertained such a view, for the simple reason that the disintegration of neighboring states does not benefit us. For that reason, we oppose those who advocate the disintegration of Somalia. By same logic, Eritrea can never wish for Ethiopia’s engulfment in war and turmoil, he underlined. The President went on to stress that the people and Government of Eritrea would not be pushed into entertaining such erroneous thinking no matter the intensity of hostilities directed against the nation.
As regards the problems encountered in Eritrean-Djiboutian relations, President Isaias pointed out that the issue is not the handiwork of the Government of Djibouti; it could have even been resolved from the very beginning. The issue that subsequently ensued and led to clashes was deliberately blown out of proportion simply because the entire affair is being orchestrated by others, he emphasized. In this respect, the President elucidated that the Government of Eritrea has been handling with patience. At present, the Djiboutian government has become the tool for destabilizing regional peace in order to secure handouts from Washington, he added.
On the Sudanese issue, President Isaias said that a comprehensive solution to the country’s problem could only be achieved on the basis of the participation of all Sudanese political forces, especially that of resolving the issue of South Sudan. In this connection, he pointed out that Eritrea has been exerting vigorous efforts to promote peace and stability in the Sudan.
Stating that the absence of peace and stability in Yemen is a liability to the entire region, the President noted that in view of the fact that Eritrean-Yemeni ties is both historical and special, the Eritrean government had extended moral and political support to the sisterly country at the time it faced problems.
The President went on to stress that had the countries in the region been left alone to manage their own affairs without the interference of special interest groups, they could have resolved their problems without delay.