I congratulate the people of
“All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine heir political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development”.
Ministers would always reply with the mantra
“ we believe that a federal solution would be best for the people of
In 1981 I visited
But the dream was shattered when
Both countries had agreed to accept Judge Lauterpacht’s decision as final, but when the details were published, President Meles found one excuse after another for disputing the findings. Ever since then a swathe of territory all along the border has been denied to agriculture or any other development, and
Speaking of the coalition, the agreement between the two parties was a triumph of compromise, but it doesn’t mean that ordinary members on either side have to abandon principles to which they have devoted a lifetime. We have to be able to criticise elements of the agreement as candid friends, as I intend to do in the Lords debate next week. And similarly, as friends of
You are all probably familiar with the Foreign Office’s repeated expressions of concern about the lack of accountability and the rule of law in Eritrea, and the violations of legal rights supposedly guaranteed under Eritrean law including particularly, the prohibition of arbitrary and indefinite detention. These matters were raised in the UN’s Universal Periodic Review of human rights last year, but consider also the many criticisms by the European Commission, the US State Department, the UN Special Procedures.
To end on a happier note, the Forum could be a means of boosting