From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Sat Feb 07 2009 - 19:53:37 EST
President Isaias holds talks with visiting Libyan leader in Massawa
Feb 7, 2009, 14:05
Massawa, 7 February 2009 - President Isaias Afwerki received and held talks
yesterday in Massawa city with Brother Muammar Al-Khadafi, Libyan leader and
current Chairman of the African Union.
In the meeting at Gurgusum, the two leaders conducted discussion on
bilateral relations and its development, as well as regional and
During his stay, the Libyan President would conduct visit to different parts
of the Northern Red Sea region. The high-level Libyan delegation headed by
Brother Muammar Al-Khadafi arrived last night in Massawa on a working visit.
On arrival at the port city, the Libyan leader was accorded warm welcome by
President Isaias and government officials. The Libyan leader is conducting a
working visit in Eritrea for the second time.
Meanwhile, Brother Muammar Al-Khadafi, accompanied by President Isaias,
conducted a visit in different zones of Massawa in the morning hours today.
In the course of the visit, he was accorded warm welcome by thousands of
city residents, including religious leaders, village elders, mothers and
students. Both leaders responded with hand shake.
Somalia: A Repeat of Failed Political Drama
Feb 7, 2009, 12:17
As the Somali people's opposition to foreign invaders mounted and gained
momentum, the initial zeal of the invading forces swiftly declined and the
TPLF regime was finally forced to make a humiliating withdrawal. History has
more than once proven that no force however powerful has been able to invade
and secure control over other peoples let alone a servant regime like the
TPLF which invaded Somalia to please its masters. Thus, although nobody
expected it to be this soon, it was clear from the beginning that the TPLF
regime will indeed be defeated and forced to withdraw from Somalia; for
invaders are always bound to be defeated.
Yet, the basic problem in Somalia is still not whether which force has come
in and which has gone out, the heart of the problem lies in the question of
the country's reconstitution and territorial integrity. As the Government of
Eritrea has repeatedly made clear, a government representing all the people
can be formed in Somalia only if the Somali people's right to make their own
choice in working towards national reconciliation is respected.
Other than this, a 'government' formed in some foreign land with the
collaboration of the AU and the UN that has nothing in common with the
wishes and desires of the Somali people and does not in any way represent
the sovereignty or territorial integrity of the Somali people is not only
illegal but will also merely serve in prolonging the Somali people's plight
just as other previous similar failed political attempts. Because no force
has the right to ride over the Somali people's voices and pronounce itself
as the representative of the people and country.
Strenuous efforts to continue in developing irrigation farming
Feb 7, 2009, 14:01
Asmara, 7 February 2009 - In an annual assessment meeting it held from
February 5 to 6 at Hager Media Hall, the Ministry of Agriculture disclosed
that strenuous efforts would be made this year focusing on the development
of irrigation farming taking into account possible rainfall shortage as a
result of climate change.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Arefaine Berhe,
stressed the significance of the meeting as regards obtaining better harvest
and productivity through making the necessary preparations for next year. He
also underlined the need to correlate the goals outlined with the resources
at the nation's disposal, and thereby accomplish the tasks envisaged.
Reports on the work performance of each of the Ministry's branch offices in
all the administrative regions were also presented at the meeting. The
reports indicated that in line with endeavors to promote livestock
development, more than 2.3 million cattle received vaccination and that over
5 million tree seedlings have been planted in 2,000 hectares.
As regards efforts to develop fruits and vegetables farming, it was
disclosed that along with the establishment of the Banatom Factory in
Gash-Barka region, additional 2,000 hectares of banana plantation has been
cultivated. Over 285,000 tones of vegetables and more than 94,000 tones of
fruits have also been obtained.
Moreover, over 81,000 smokeless ovens have been introduced in different
parts of the country in a bid to prevent deforestation. The Ministry's
action program for this year includes the construction of micro-dams with a
capacity of holding over 24 million cubic meters of water that would
facilitate the cultivation of about 2,400 hectares and the repair of a
number of micro-dams.
Eritrean Ambassadors conduct tour of development and infrastructure projects
in Gash-Barka region
Feb 7, 2009, 13:57
Barentu, 7 February 2009 - Eritrean Ambassadors accredited to various
countries conducted a tour in Gash-Barka region to observe the
implementation of major development and infrastructure projects, during
which they expressed satisfaction with the undertakings.
In the course of the tour from February 3 to 5, the Ambassadors visited the
Banatom Factory in Alebu and received briefings on the activities of the
plant by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Gergis Teklemichael.
Moreover, they visited the free trade zone around Aligidir and the stage it
has reached, as well as the strategic dams of Gerset, Fanko-Rawi and
Fanko-Tsimu'e along with the nearby farmlands. The Warsay-Yikaalo School in
Sawa, the Tomato Paste Factory and agricultural projects in Afhimbol were
also part of the tour.
The Ambassadors told ERINA following the visit that the major tasks
accomplished in the country on the basis of internal resource is quite
impressive and that the ongoing efforts to achieve food security have made
encouraging progress. In this respect, they pointed out that the various
projects implemented in the region, including factories, dams and
agricultural projects along with infrastructure facilities amply demonstrate
the headway in the development drive.
One of the Ambassadors, Mr. Tesfamichael Gerahtu, said that the achievements
registered so far fully attest to the dedicated endeavors of the Eritrean
people. Ambassador Mussa Yasin, on his part explained that the projects
implemented would definitely ensure the nation's bright future.
Likewise, Ambassador Ahmed Tahir Baduri stated that Eritrea would as ever
emerge victorious in making history and lauded the impressive development
achievements in the country.
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