Ethiopian leader says border ruling "generally acceptable"
Nov 26, 2004
Ethiopia - Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has said that the decision by the
Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission is "acceptable". Meles was
speaking in a live address to the Ethiopian House of People's Representatives
in Addis Ababa. The following is an excerpt from Mele's address, monitored in
progress, broadcast by Ethiopian TV on 25 November
Minister Meles Zenawi, Passage omitted] When markers are placed, the tangible
situation in an area is verified and the necessary adjustments are made. The
adjustments are made through dialogue.
What we are
saying is that we accepted the decision on delimitation at the time. We have
not changed this.
When it comes to
demarcation, necessary adjustments should be made according to the situation in
the area and in accordance with the ruling of the [Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary]
Commission. This is common practice.
is nothing new we ourselves created in the new initiative, it is a common
practice. The fact that we said we have accepted in principle does not mean
just to go there tomorrow and implement a decision whereby houses are divided
into two. It will not lead to peace.
Our aim is
peace. However, what is being said is that the decision is generally
Ethiopian TV, Addis Ababa, in Amharic via BBC Monitoring, 25 Nov 04