Eritrea/Ethiopia: There’s nothing to “give & take” prez Obasanjo
2005, EDnews – The Chinese News Agency, Xinhuanet, is reporting that the
African Union has suggested a compromise between Eritrea and Ethiopia as the only
way to end the border issue.
Africa observers say that unless the AU wants to renege on the Algiers
Agreement, the time for “give and take” has come and gone and now what is left is
only to “take” what either side has because the case is closed and the border
decision is final.
they cannot give and take, there is no way we can get a solution”. No, Mr.
president, the int’l community including Nigeria has established strict
adherence to the Algiers Agreement as the only way out; and that is the only
solution, not renegotiating the accord or revising the border decision only
because it didn’t go Ethiopia’s way. How come Ethiopia can’t be held
accountable to its obligation to abide by binding international agreement and
practice just like every other nation, president Obasanjo? That is a recipe for
What is wrong with
the border decision except that it didn’t go Ethiopia’s way, president
Obasanjo? Do Nigerians take their case to court to accept its ultimate decision
only if in their favor otherwise to defy it, President Obasanjo? One has ever
reason to seriously doubt that?
Meles, Bouteflika, prez Obasanjo, and Annan at the Algiers accord
signing ceremony on 12 Dec 2000
The same observers also find
AU’s stance bizarre for AU is one of signatories of the Algiers Agreement and
President Obasanjo was physical present during the signing ceremony as a
witness and guarantor to ensure strict adherence to the peace accord wherever
the chips may fall. Following is full text of Xinhuanet:
The two-day African Union (AU) summit ended in
Abuja Monday afternoon suggested a compromise between Ethiopia and Eritrea as
the only way to end the protracted row between them.
AU Chairman, Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo,
who briefed reporters on the outcome of the summit, said: "What is needed
is for both countries to be willing to give and take. That way, there could be
a meeting point."
"Once they can not
give and take, there is no way we can get a solution," he declared.
The two nations have
been at each others' throats over the ownership of Badme, a village on the
borders of the two with about 5,000 inhabitants. They fought a bitter battle
over the village in2000.
An arbitration panel sat
in Algeria in 2002 gave the disputed area to Eritrea, but Ethiopia has refused
to hand over the village. ABUJA, Jan. 31 (Xinhuanet) --