Khartoum  (HAN) December 13, 2014 – Public Diplomacy and Regional safety and Security news. While regional security experts say the near miss between Eritrean diplomats and President Ismail Omar Ghelle of Djibouti at the United Nations General Assembly last September means little to the ultimate fate of negotiations with Eritrea over its border claim issues and other regional security programs, it does illustrate the acute political sensitivities that will affect both countries as they try to embark on a diplomatic path to re-solve their border issues.

“We did not intend to have a formal bilateral meeting and negotiation of any kind,” said the senior Eritrean diplomat, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the Eritrean border negotiations. “For Djibouti , it was just too difficult for them to move forward with that type of encounter at the presidential level, at this time.”

Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, the Foreign Minister of Djibouti has said that his Djibouti enjoys “excellent” relations with all its neighbors – except Eritrea.

“The assumption that a meeting per se could be decisive or help solve  Eritrean-Djibouti border problems is absolutely wrong,” a spokeswoman for the Sudan’s Foreign Ministry diplomat  told Geeska Afrika Online security reporter in Khartoum.

There was a sense of history repeating itself at the IGAD member state Sudan’s strategy to mediate Eritrea and Djibouti border issues. In June 2013, President Al-Bashir asked his Foreign Minister to try to engineer an impromptu encounter with Eritrea’s president Isyas Afwerki in Asmara After much discussion about logistics and tactics to bring together a secret negotiations in Khartoum, President Afwerki declined.


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  1. It has been 23 years and the so called”gangs” are heroes who made it possible. It is this type of mentality that has been the obstacle to peace in the region. Eritrea is a sovereign nation and wil stay that way so people like you needs to move on and accept this fact and work for peace in the horn. Unless people like you accept this fact and work together with the people and government of Eritrea peace will be elusive and it will be no ones fault but people with your mentality.

  2. “on condition of anonymity” Often used method by untrust worthy journalists as a means to missinform and mislead the unguarded readers.

  3. You are not Waking –up to smell the coffee . This real state called Eritrea will go back to its motherland Ethiopia . Eritrea is the next Syria.bunch of idiots killing each other for Isayas and the gang of 6.

    • No, Eritreans are smart will never be like syria. People like you make Eritreans to be carfull when it comes to questioning their government. They know it is dictatorship government, but will be foxed slowly. We know you donkey!

  4. Had the neighboring states had no vested interest in Eritrea they could have helped a lot in solving the problems facing Eritrea and by extension themselves. Look at Sudan for example, Bashir is simply a tool of Isayas. He first allowed the opposition to flourish in his country but later he banned them even let the PFDJ have a free hand in kidnapping them from Eritrea. This he did in spite of Isayas did nothing with Sudanese opposition groups; he is protecting them to the last. So, i can say Isayas is bolder and cleverer in outmaneuvering his neighbors except Ethiopia. He even cheated Qatar many times. If the neighboring states as well as Europe and America want peace and stability in the Horn, they must press Isayas to the last until he kneels down. Otherwise they will be forced to host the Eritrean youth endlessly.


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