Eritrean Americans urge American guarantee of border
Central Intelligence Agency photo
By Pat Murphy
February 13, 2006
Approximately 1000 demonstrators today used the local town square
to implore American guarantee of Eritrean border sanctity.
A portion of that African country the size of Pennsylvania is
being occupied by Ethiopia in violation of a 2002 peace treaty
which ended a border war between the two countries, Ruth Negash
told the Sentinel.
Negash is a steering committee member of the Eritrean-American
Community (EAC) group which organized simultaneous demonstrations
in San Francisco Civic Center and in Washington, D.C.
"The U.S. government witnessed and guaranteed the Algiers
Peace Agreement," according to a prepared EAC statement.
"The independent Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC)
issued a final and bind decision on April 13, 2002, to delimit
and demarcate the border.
"U.S. failure to enforce demarcation will further destabilize
the Horn of Africa, a region of strategic importance to U.S. security
and the global war on terrorism," said the statement.
Ertrean population is slightly more than 4.5 million, with citizen
median age of 17.5 years-old, and half its people living under
the poverty level.