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Letter To The Editor: New York Times

The Eritrea-Ethiopia Conflict

October 22, 2007
To the Editor:

“The Horn, the List and the Risks” (editorial, Oct. 17) accurately identified the obstacle to peace in the Horn of Africa as Ethiopia’s refusal to allow for the expeditious demarcation of the Eritrea-Ethiopia border, in violation of the 2000 peace agreement signed in Algiers.

Your editorial was also right to call on the Bush administration to use “its influence to press Ethiopia to recognize and demarcate the border.”

The United States, as the primary architect of the Algiers agreement and as the guarantor and witness of that pact, must shoulder its legal and moral responsibilities and enforce international law. The diplomatic, financial, political and military support Ethiopia receives from the United States has emboldened that regime to renege on its legal obligations under the agreement.

Let me state for the record: Eritrea, itself a victim of terrorism, neither harbors, finances nor engages in any terrorist acts.

Ghirmai Ghebremariam
Ambassador of Eritrea
Washington, Oct. 17, 2007

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