In yet another memorandum dated 23 December 2019, the Chairman of the Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), Mr. Tesfai Woldemichael (Degiga), reminded the European Union (EU) that it has an “unfinished work” to be done in Eritrea.”
The EPDP Chairman congratulated Ms Ursula von der Leyen of Germany for her election as the new EU Commission President, and wished her a successful New Year during which “Eritrea will be in a renewed agenda of the EU.”
The message, also copied to Ms Federica Mogherini, the EU Commission Vice President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, appreciated some of the past efforts of the EU towards Eritreans and their country but that “nothing has changed in Eritrea for several decades of EU’s engagement” with that repressive regime.
The EPDP Chairman also drew the attention of EU and its member states that Eritreans are disturbed to yet again learn that “more funds enabling the dictatorship in Eritrea are still on their way from the EU” and regretted to read news about the pledges made early this month to the Eritrean dictator by EU Ambassador to Asmara, Mr. Gabor Iklody.
The memorandum further expressed deep concerns about the ongoing “appeasement” with an incorrigible regime like the one in Eritrea which long ago proved to be “an unlikely partner for peace, security and development.”
The EPDP message also highlighted the lawlessness in Eritrea, the long ongoing suffering of its people and urged the EU to stop further supporting repression in the country
It concluded with these words: “We Eritrean non-state actors struggling for democratic change in our country still hope that the EU can help for positive change in Eritrea by exerting pressure on the regime” and by taking action for the “implementation of decisions and recommendations of the UN Human Rights Commission and the UN Human Rights Rapporteur for Eritrea who has not been allowed to visit Eritrea for the past seven years.”