Sanaa-Trio dodges Ethiopia’s 5-point sham plan
28 Dec 2004, EDnews – The summit of the so-called
Sanaa-Trio (aka Sanaa Forum for Cooperation-SFC) comprising Yemen, Sudan,
Ethiopia, concluded yesterday by issuing a communiqué that totally dodged
Ethiopia’s “5-point plan” to destroy the Algiers Peace Agreement with Eritrea
contrary to Ethiopia PM’s claim that “ the summit has welcomed the initiative,
describing it as a very important step for handling the Ethiopian-Eritrean
problem”. Apart from a generic statement welcoming the plan for its
sugar-coating like everyone else and as a matter of diplomatic courtesy, neither
Sudan nor Yemen did withdraw its support of the Algiers agreement or question
the sanctity of the border decision in any form or shape. Indeed, at a press
conference he held at the conclusion of the Erirea-Yemen summit on 11 Dec 2004,
President Ali Abdalla Saleh of Yemen declared
that “ in order for secure peace and stability to prevail in the region, it is
imperative to abide by international laws and rulings” and that "dialogue
should come before the outbreak of war and going to court, calling for dialogue
after the fact of conflict can only worsen the situation of the peoples."
Saana, 11 Dec 2004
The communiqué, which was read by Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Mustafa
Ismail, stated that the head of states signed several cooperative agreements
that included cooperation between their respective chambers of commerce,
boosting export, memorandum of combating cross-border trafficking as well as
cooperation in the maritime and economic sectors.
The head of states unanimously granted Somalia’s request
for membership as of the date of this summit.
The communiqué stated that the heads of states discussed
regional and international affairs and expressed their sincer desire to
establish sustainable peace and security in the Horn of Africa, condemned all
forms of terrorism and reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate with the
international community in combating terrorism.
The communiqué said that the summit began early that day
with the participation of Arab League Secretary General, Amr Moussa and Somali
president Abdallah Yousef Ahmed. The Trio agreed to hold the next summit in
Sanaa on 5 Dec 2005. First summit was in Sanaa October 2002, the second was in
Ethiopia, December 2003.
Material from KUNA and SABA