Letter from Eritrea’s Ambassador to the UN: A Review
Asayehgn Desta 04-21-21
In her letter on April 16, 2021, addressed to the current President of the United Nations Security Council (H.E. Mr. Dang Dinh Quy), Eritrea’s Ambassador to the United Nations (H.E. Sophia Tesfamariam Yohannes) vehemently disagreed with the statement on the crisis in Tigray given by US Permanent Representatives to the closed UNSC Session. In the same vein, Ambassador Tesfamariam didn’t want to accept the report forwarded by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on the crisis in Tigray Region because she thinks that they glossed over the facts.
Going one step further, Ambassador Tesfamariam argues that OCHA should have refrained from blaming the Eritrean soldiers for the behavior of other countries’ soldiers that might have been involved in committing sexual violence under similar circumstances.
Ambassador Tesfamariam argues that the allegations of rape and other crimes lodged against Eritrean soldiers by the US representative and OCHA are not only outrageous but could be considered as a vicious attack on the culture and history of the Eritrean people.
A summary and review of the content of letter is explored below.
While narrating about the eruption of the conflict in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia, Ambassador Tesfamariam makes a strong claim that the war was primarily instigated by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Presumably based on the information given to her by the Eritrean Ministry of Information, Ambassador Tesfamariam asserts that the war in Tigray started because the TPLF had a strong desire “to naturalize Ethiopia’s largest army contingent, confiscate its weaponry and seize power in Ethiopia through violence, and subsequently invade Eritrea.”
Seemingly concerned about Tigrayans, Ambassador Tesfamariam blames the TPLF for precipitating unprovoked attacks during the critical harvest months in the Tigray Region. Ambassador Tesfamariam argues that innocent civilians in the Tigray Region should have not been victimized. Since hunger is an urgent concern of the moment, she disingenuously suggests that “humanitarian assistance needs to be delivered to the victims.”
Though Ambassador Tesfamariam blames the United Nations OCHA for spreading sugarcoated evidence, she concludes by thanking the UNSC member states for insisting on adherence to the “established rule.”
Concluding her letter, Ambassador Tesfamariam brings to the attention of UNSC that Eritrea and Ethiopia have agreed—at the highest levels—to initiate the withdrawal of Eritrean forces and the simultaneous redeployment of Ethiopian contingents along the “international boundary.”
Instead of fabricating disingenuous, unrelated stories, Ambassador Tesfamariam should have known that Abiy was Eritrea’s secret agent. Thereby, Abiy knew that Eritrea’s President Isaias Afework dreamed of getting relief from the deeply traumatic experience he endured with the 1918-20 Ethio-Eritrean conflict, which meant annihilating his archenemy, the TPLF, completely removing them from power. Given this, Abiy teamed up with Isaias—the most hideous human rights violator—to engineer and execute the war in Tigray.
After causing widespread, long-term and severe damage, Ambassador Tesfamariam, stated in her letter to UNSC that Eritrea and Ethiopia have agreed, at the highest levels, to begin the withdrawal of Eritrean forces. She should be informed that additional troops of Isaias, camouflaged and disguised to look like Ethiopian troops, were identified crossing the Eritrea border with Ethiopia into Tigray, and a number of Isaias’ armed forces have been seen fighting on Oromo land.
Eritrea Ministry of Information (April 16, 2021). “Letter of Eritrea’s Ambassador to the UN to Current President of UNSC.”
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