From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Sun Feb 13 2011 - 08:35:09 EST
President Isaias Afwerki's Speech On The Occasion Of Operation Fenkil
Although we have not yet managed to compensate the heroes and heroines of
Operation Fenkil who laid down their dear lives, the annual commemoration of
the great event in a colorful manner represents a special moment in which
the nation takes due consolation and strength.
The port city not only paved the way for total liberation but would also
become the hub of investment for national development, as well as regional
and international trade and investment, thus symbolizing the mark of our
pledge and progress. Although we have accomplished a number of significant
tasks in various sectors over the past 21 years, a lot still remains to be
done as regards modernizing port facilities, establishing a viable economic
zone with the required infrastructural facilities that meets modern
standard. Besides, there is need for substantially upgrading the capacity of
power plant, expanding road networks and railways in all directions,
ensuring reliable potable water supply that keeps pace with growing demand,
constructing modern and sufficient residential complexes and making
available the necessary social service, among others.
It is also to be noted that a lot still remains to be accomplished in the
implementation of major programs in other regions and various sectors.
Theses long-term lofty objectives serve as the yardstick towards adequately
satisfying the needs and aspirations of the people. Hence, the commemoration
of Operation Fenkil serves as a significant reminder to renew the pledge and
commitment to this end.
Ladies and Gentlemen
Fenkil occupies a special place in the history of Eritrean patriotism, and
that the nation stands on higher ground for coping with future challenges as
we have already acquired valuable experience and capacity over the past 21
years. In this juncture, let's renew our resolve to keep vigilant and
reinforce endeavors towards registering still more gratifying
Glory to the heroes and heroines of Operation Fenkil!
Glory to our Martyrs!
Victory to the Masses!
Official Commemoration Of 21st Anniversary Of Operation Fenkil Conducted In
Massawa, 12 February 2011 - The official commemoration of the 21st
anniversary of Operation Fenkil was today conducted in the port city of
Massawa in patriotic spirit. The commemoration took place in the presence of
President Isaias Afwerki, Ministers, Army commanders, senior government and
PFDJ officials, invited guests as well as thousands of nationals.
In a speech he delivered on the occasion, President Isaias congratulated the
Eritrean people and friends in connection with Operation Fenkil anniversary.
He underlined that the annual commemoration of the great event in a colorful
manner represents a special moment in which the nation takes due consolation
The President further explained that the port city not only paved the way
for total liberation but would also become the hub of investment for
national development, as well as regional and international trade and
President Isaias went on to underscore that Fenkil occupies a special place
in the history of Eritrean patriotism, and that the nation stands on higher
ground for coping with future challenges as it has already acquired valuable
experience and capacity. In this connection, he stressed the need for
remaining vigilant and reinforce resolve for still more gratifying
(See full text of the President's speech for details)
Also speaking on the occasion, the Administrator of the Northern Red Sea
region, Ms. Tsegereda Woldegergish, noted that this year's commemoration is
special as it is being held on the 20th anniversary of Independence and the
charting of future action programs. She further indicated that the tasks
undertaken to promote social justice have borne fruitful outcome.
Likewise, in a speech he delivered on behalf of the regional holidays
coordinating committee, the PFDJ Secretary in the region, Mr. Hamid Haji,
stated that Operation Fenkil constitutes a historic even that amply
demonstrated the heroism and steadfastness of the Eritrean people under the
dynamic leadership of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF).
Various artistic and cultural shows were staged at the official
commemorative event that transmitted live through ERI-TV and Dimtsi Hafash.
Moreover, the signing performance presented by the renowned Sudanese artist,
Hamed Areyah, added color to the event.
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