Algiers Agreement versus EEBC Decision
Weyane propaganda agents are talking about "accepting the Algiers Agreement" instead of talking about accepting and implementing the EEBC Decisions which are final and binding. By doing so, they find it convenient to state that there are issues like residences that may lie on both sides of the border (divided by the EEBC Decisions, I presume); compensations to citizens; the war was never about Badme, but about other issues; the use of ports; citizens will lose their lands; etc., etc. . . . . This is a continuation of the same recalcitrant, obstructionist policy they have been pursuing for the last 16 years.
It is not lost on diligent observers, including serious journalists (if there are any these days) that Eritrea and Ethiopia and all the other parties--the UN, OAU/AU, US, EU and Algeria--signed the Algiers Agreement with the first two as guarantors, and the remaining as witnesses. There is no issue of Ethiopia accepting the Algiers Agreement. It is a done deal! It was accepted by all parties, including Ethiopia, when the agreement was signed in front of the whole world in Algiers in 2000! Obviously, the Weyane is trying to deceive Eritreans and the rest of the world by claiming that they have "accepted the Algiers Agreement" and that there are "outstanding issues" to talk about and thus continue to demand dialogue to resolve those issues.
If there is any outstanding issue regarding Algiers, it is the negligence of the Guarantors, the UN Security Council and the African Union, to carry out their responsibilitie according to their treaty obligations! They should have taken actions stipulated by the Algiers Agreement when Ethiopia reneged the EEBC decisions 16 years ago. Moreover, the Algiers Agreement does not require that "other issues" be discussed before the enforcement of the border.
The TPLF and the new Ethiopian prime minister better talk about implementing the Eritrea-Ethiopia Border Commission (EEBC) Decisions regarding where the border between the two countries lies, if they are serious about peace and development for both the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. Whether they accept the EEBC Decision or not the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia is international law and what Ethiopians should be doing is just withdrawing from the Eritrean side of the border as demarcated by the EEBC. Finished! It's already 16 years overdue!
In my opinion, what Ethiopia should do, if it means what it professes about peace and stability in our region, is communicate its intentions to leave Eritrean territories to the Security Council and all the other guarantors and witnesses of the Algiers Agreement. Once again, diligent observers will remember that Ethiopia wrote several letters including a "White Paper" and a "Non-Paper" to the UN in its attempt to revise and revisit (defy, really) the EEBC Decisions. Why not write a more important "Ready to Implement" or "Have Already Withdrawn" letter today?
As for the TPLF/Weyane, they should stop playing a game in which they have lost more than land that does not belong to them. The challenges that face the two countries in this increasingly volatile region in a rapidly changing natural and geopolitical environment are much more significant to the peace, and the sustainable development of the people of both Eritrea and Ethiopia and those of the Horn of Africa and beyond.
We Eritreans should be as vigilant as ever for these could be the same old games played at a different level. We remember the tortuous road to the Algiers Agreement (Frame Work, Modalities, etc. . . ) and then waited for the implementation of the Border Rulings for more than 16 years. Our people have endured unnecessary hardships because of the Weyane's intransigence. I personally will believe Ethiopians when they actually withdraw from our territories.