April 16, 2024

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Eritrea Rejects the Call to Withdraw Troops From Disputed Territories

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The Eritrean Embassy in the UK and Ireland released a statement addressing the presence of Eritrean troops in disputed territories. Eritrea firmly asserts its position, claiming that the TPLF instigated the two-year-long war in Northern Ethiopia. The statement points out the accusations of occupation and counters, stating that Eritrea’s troops are on Eritrean Sovereign territory.

The Two-Year-Long Conflict

Eritrea categorically states that the two-year-long conflict in Northern Ethiopia was initiated by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The TPLF’s objective, according to Eritrea’s position, was to reach the capital, Addis Ababa, and implement its revisionist proposals concerning Eritrea.

Accusations and Counterclaims

Addressing accusations of occupation, Eritrea contends that during the 2002 decision by the International Boundary Commission, territories were legally granted to Eritrea, including the town of Badme. However, Eritrea claims that the TPLF-led Ethiopian government remained in occupation of these territories, specifically Badme. The Eritrean military’s current presence in these areas is a response to reclaiming what was rightfully granted.

Eritrean Sovereign Territory

Eritrea’s statement concludes with a powerful assertion – no Eritrean troops are within Ethiopian Sovereign land. Instead, Eritrean forces are positioned within Eritrean Sovereign territory. This unequivocal declaration signals Eritrea’s commitment to maintaining its territorial integrity.

Disputed Territories

As the dispute unfolds, the territories remain a focal point of contention. Eritrea’s firm position suggests a reluctance to engage in talks regarding withdrawal from areas it deems rightfully under its control.

Diplomatic Challenges

The lack of willingness from both sides to engage in meaningful dialogue poses diplomatic challenges. The Ethiopian federal government’s silence on the matter adds another layer of complexity, leaving questions about Ethiopia’s official stance on territories and potential avenues for resolution.

The Way Forward

The standoff between Eritrea and Tigray requires careful consideration and diplomatic efforts. While Eritrea remains steadfast in its position, finding a middle ground that addresses both parties’ concerns becomes imperative to prevent further escalation in the Horn of Africa.


In the face of these geopolitical tensions, Eritrea’s official position adds a layer of complexity to an already intricate regional landscape. As the international community watches closely, the resolution of this dispute will undoubtedly shape the future dynamics of the Horn of Africa.

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