FOR STRINGENT MEASURES AGAINST ETHIOPIAN REGIME
March 11, 2003
I am hopeful that all the tough talk
that is coming out of U.N. Secretary General Kofi Anan's and the
Ethiopian-Eritrean Boundary Commission's offices directed at Ethiopia,
the non-compliant party in the dispute over the border with Eritrea,
would soon translate into a tangible stringent measure against the
guilty party. For the first time ever since the case was turned
over for legal resolution has Ethiopia been singled out as the party
obstructing justice. This move will undoubtedly help regain our
confidence and strengthen our faith in the international justice
system. Eritreans had been betrayed in the past and we are not about
to go through it again.
It is about time that the wrongdoer
is exposed and punished. As Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki has
rightfully and recently stated that the Ethiopian leaders should
not only be told :"Enough is Enough" but, I strongly believe that
they should also be sanctioned for failure to comply with the International
Court Order. It is to be recalled that the court had issued its
ruling in April last year and the demarcation process on the ground
is supposed to start soon. The Ethiopian regime, which is increasingly
becoming unpopular among its people, is accused of attempting to
hinder or stall the process.
The guarantors of the peace agreement
signed in Algiers, Algeria, by Eritrea and Ethiopia in December
2000 following a two-year catastrophic war between the two countries
include the United Nations, European Union, African Union and the
USA. So much money, time and efforts have been put into the process
to date. UN peace keepers have been successfully patrolling the
area inside the Temporary Security Zone.
The guarantors have a legal and moral
obligation to see to it that the process is completed to the end
and to ensure compliance by the concerned parties to the court ruling.
In this case, it is clear as attested by the Border Commission that
Eritrea is fully complying while Ethiopia is not. Therefore, we
are demanding that the guarantors take all the necessary stringent
measures against Ethiopia, the non-complying party.