Cycling Tour arrives in Hanover, Germany
The Cycling Tour for Truth, Peace, Justice and Eritrea braved an inclement weather on its ride from Hamburg to Hanover in northern Germany and has arrived in Hanover where it is spending the night.
At Hanover, they will drop a memorandum calling on city officials to help them call for Peace and Justice so that the German government, too could add its voice for peace.
Ethiopia is holding the peace and development of the Horn Africa hostage. This is only possible because the unabated help it is getting from the west, namely the USA and Europe. The participants of the tour are calling for this to end and for European nations to join them in calling for Ethiopia's unconditional vacating of sovereign Eritrean territory.
Here is an excerpt from one of the leaflets they are passing to the public.
Cycling to call for Peace and an end to Illegal Occupation
We are on this cycling tour to call for an immediate and unconditional implementation of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) Decision and an end to the 15-year long Ethiopian occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories.
This occupation remains an obstacle to peace, development, stability and security in the Horn of Africa. According to the EEBC:
“The line of the boundary was legally and finally determined by its Delimitation Decision of 13 April 2002.” “The boundary is finally demarcated, the Delimitation Decision of 13 April 2002 continues as the only valid legal description of the boundary.” “This line is binding upon both Parties. Conduct inconsistent with this boundary line is unlawful.”
However, Ethiopia, emboldened by the diplomatic, financial and political support it gets form the US and Europe, continues to ignore international law, and the UN Charter.
This continued occupation is a grave violation of the Eritrean people’s right to development, access to education, health care, as well as the basic right to live in peace within their own internationally recognized borders. Occupation has negatively affected lives of all Eritreans. It has:
- Fueled insecurity in border regions-encouraging youth flight;
- Arrested development in occupied areas;
- Forced women and children to bear most of the burden as all other abled bodied citizens have been mobilized in defense of the nation;
- Prolonged the National Service and delayed demobilization; is the cause for the postponement implementation of important political programs.
This is why we are calling for an immediate and unconditional implementation of final and binding EEBC demarcation decision.