Eritrea Turns Its Back on Ethiopia’s Call for Understanding

Addis Ababa, Apr 8 (Prensa Latina) Following the call by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to start peace talks with Eritrea and resume bilateral relations, the neighboring country demanded certain conditions, the press reported today.   The

Addis Ababa, Apr 8 (Prensa Latina) Following the call by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to start peace talks with Eritrea and resume bilateral relations, the neighboring country demanded certain conditions, the press reported today.

 

The newspaper The Ethiopian Herald reported that Asmara made it a requirement an old dispute, already resolved through the Algiers Agreement, but in the opinion of specialists, the Eritrean government still uses in order to get some revenue.

After two years of bloody conflicts in the horn of Africa, Ethiopia and Eritrea finally signed in 2000 a global peace agreement in the capital of Algeria.

The pact compromised the belligerents to accept the mediation of the United Nations for the establishment of their final borders according to the principle established by the then Organization of African Unity respecting the border limits inherited from the colonial era.

However, Eritrea still insists that the border area of the Ethiopian northwest, in the region of Yirga, is an integral part of its territory, which repeatedly and repeatedly obstructs the calls for understanding of Addis Ababa, said Belete Belachew, an analyst at the Center of Dialogue, Research and Cooperation.

‘It is not Algiers that is hindering possible peace talks; it is rather the tendency of Asmara to use its conflicts with Ethiopia to obtain political gains. Consequently, it closes the hopes of reconciliation. ‘

In his view, unfortunately, the Eritrean authorities are manipulating the border conflict to stifle domestic political dissidents and generate other socio-economic challenges.

The Algiers Agreement applies to both countries; one cannot fulfill it while the other side is violating it; Eritrea cannot insist on the implementation of one component of the agreement while violating its other component, said the Deputy Executive Director of the Institute of Strategic Studies of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Mogos Tekelemichael.

In turn, Tafese Olika, an academic of Political Science at the University of Addis Ababa, pointed out that there are many more opportunities for both countries to use to renew their friendship.

Algiers could have been a point of discussion, but the other aspects of the relationship between people are more than enough to restore ties, Olika said.

The situation of ‘no peace or war’ is not advantageous for Ethiopia, particularly for its people who live along the border between the two countries, experts said.

They agree that the relationship is more than a border issue and therefore, the two nations need to resort to other opportunities, among them the enormous cultural ties, to get out of the deadlock.

Source: plenglish.com

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  • Yehualashet Sahile June 6, 2018

    their is not any winner b/s we both countries loss many family friends children mother and population in general. we lost life and body, so we say sorry even it heavy to accept b/s one of us lost father or mother or sister or brother or beloved wife or husband. it is deep sorrow of both countries b/s we are brothers and sisters. you all who give comment in this page I know Ertira from Asseb to Akordate, special I know all red see round from Marsa Fatuma to maresa tikelay and maresa gulbube, Gahatelay, Afabet Keren Tesfaye ber, Nakifa, Humbole, Ayetewaye,Baref and other.
    so mony place the blood fellow from both Ethiopian and Ertirian, how ever even today their war, so what is the result we both achieve from war. please think for those who lost their family and relative and do the best to bring peace and stability the turn our face to development and pray the Lord our God for sustainable provision of peace for the people of Ertirian and Ethiopian respectively.

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