Ethiopia’s 5-point attack on Algiers peace accord
7 Dec 2004
It is preposterous for any one to
talk about “Ethiopia’s peace plan, peace proposal, or peace initiative” in
referring to Ethiopia’s latest (25 Nov 04) announcement of
“The Five-point proposal for resolving the dispute between
Ethiopia and Eritrea” when it clearly constitutes a brazen 5-point attack on
the Algiers peace accord (Items #3, #5) covered in a thick shroud of re-phrased
provisions already imbedded in the Algiers peace accord (Items #1, #2, #4).
This shouldn’t surprise any one because the only thing that stands between
Ethiopia and its defiant attempts to reverse/renegotiate in its favor the legal
decision that settled shared border with Eritrea conclusively is the
crack-proof Algiers peace Agreement, which dictates that the decision is final
and binding and hence must be accepted unequivocally.
While the international community has been fighting back
Ethiopia’s attacks on the Algiers agreement by passing repeated resolutions
calling for strict adherence to Algiers, Eritrea crushed Ethiopia’s Five-point
attack simply by debunking it: A
statement issued by the Eritrean Ministry of foreign Affairs on Saturday, 3 Dec
2004 labeled Ethiopia’s 5-Point tale
“hollow in practice” and dismissed Ethiopia’s offer of “Acceptance in
principle” as “not only one step backward. It constitutes a serious violation
of the Algiers Agreement, which stipulates without equivocation that the
decision is final and binding”. Further, the statement said, “this is not the
time to entertain or float new initiatives or “proposals”. This is a time to
demarcate the boundary, which should have been happened much earlier in
accordance with Peace Agreement” and called upon the international community “to
bring pressure to bear on Ethiopia so as to ensure the full and unconditional
respect of the Algiers Agreement, full compliance with the Boundary Commission
Decision of 13 April 2002, withdrawal of Ethiopian forces from sovereign
Eritrean territories, and expeditious demarcation of the boundary”.
Today, Tuesday, December 07, 2004, Eritrea’s president
joined the fray reiterating his Ministry’s statement and said Ethiopia’s latest
offer “contains nothing new and would only drag the peace process backwards”. He also said Eritrea will accept no alternative to a 2002
ruling by an independent commission on the border dispute.
Ethiopia’s 5-point offer is not a proposal for but a blatant
attack on peace in disguise.