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Title: Eritrea Accuses Ehtiopia of Planning Full-Scale War - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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Geneva –Eritrean government informed U.N. Human Rights Council that Ethiopia is planning to launch a full scale war against its territory, as he defended his country against allegations of crimes against humanity.

On June 21, Eritrea and Ethiopia clashed with each accusing the other of starting the hostilities.

Eritrean Foreign Ministry accused U.S. for playing a role in the struggle. The government blamed Washington for instigating the attack by Ethiopian forces.

Eritrean presidential advisor Yemane Gebreab told U.N. council that Ethiopia is preparing for military offensive and a possible full-scale war.

“Ethiopia reckons that the gross accusations against Eritrea afford it with the perfect pretext, and that it may be now or never. It reckons that those who are only too eager to blame Eritrea will, as usual, look the other way and fail to act as Ethiopia commits what are truly crimes against humanity against its people and unleashes another war,” stated Gebreab.

Whereas Ethiopian government spokesman Getachew Reda announced that his country is capable of waging a full-scale war against Eritrea. He added that Ethiopia chose not to, and, “that is why we have withdrawn our forces once our objectives were achieved.”

U.N. human rights investigators accused Eritrean leaders of crimes against humanity, including torture, rape and murder, over the past 25 years.

Investigators called for the case to be referred to the International Criminal Court. They have also accused Eritrea of enslaving 300,000 to 400,000 of its own people.

Eritrea has rejected all allegations, and presidential advisor said 200,000 people had signed a petition supporting the government.

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