Horn peace: Ethiopia must let Boundary Commission do its job
Team Eritrea Daily
27 November 2004
The one and only cause for the stalled peace process between Eritrea
and Ethiopia is Ethiopia’s flagrant defiance of a legal verdict of an independent
Boundary Commission (EEBC) that settled their border dispute conclusively and
irrevocably, which both parties a priori agreed to be final, binding, and with
no right to appeal or recourse. Eritrea accepts the border ruling without
qualification, has paid its dues, and has appointed a field liaison.
With that in mind and in an attempt to move the peace
process forward, the Security Council passed resolution 1531 (2004) of 12 March
2004 calling on Ethiopia
to restate unequivocally its acceptance of the Boundary Commission’s decision,
appoint field liaison officers and pay its dues to and otherwise cooperate
fully and expeditiously with the Commission.
point, Ethiopia has pledged to pay its dues to the Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary
Commission and has also agreed to appoint field liaisons. However, if Ethiopia
indeed accepts the Boundary Commission’s ruling on shared border, then it must
declare unequivocal acceptance of the Boundary Commission’s decision and let
the Boundary Commission, the one and only authority on this matter, do its job.
That is the only way to bring about demarcation and peace between the two
countries. That is all Ethiopia needs and needed to do. Any other move including
Ethiopia’s bogus “five-point plan” of
26 Nov 2004 is fraud.