Algiers Peace Accord prevails
By Team EritreaDaily
6 Jan 2005
and in spite of Ethiopia’s defiant and one of a series of an all out attack
that it launched on X-Mas Day 2004 and the fan fare, media hoopla, and the
diplomatic trickery that surrounded it, the one and only established and
patented Mechanism to bring peace & stability between Eritrea and Ethiopia,
the Algiers peace accord prevailed, indeed to no one’s surprise. It is final,
firm, and once again it stands: The Algiers peace accord has been re-certified
as the only standard for peace & stability between Eritrea, Ethiopia and
beyond, against all odds.
had neither to accept nor to reject the “proposal” but if necessary to unmask
it and to expose its barefaced and brazen attempts to renege on a binding
international agreement and its blatant defiance of a legal ruling of an
international court, for Eritrea has long accepted the border decision beyond
any doubt of equivocation in strict compliance with Algiers and the incessant
calls of the international community for that. And Eritrea did just that aptly,
for which it even earned praise from UN Security Council in its most recent
press release wherein it was stated “ Members of the Council welcome Eritrea’s
continued acceptance of the Boundary Commission’s decision”.
for cheering and applauding for the obvious like “ peaceful resolution of
conflicts and disputes” or “dialogue and negotiation to resolve
disputes/conflicts instead of war” maxims and even for Ethiopia’s sole
readiness to meet and fulfill long overdue treaty obligations, not one single
member of the international community at large even remotely equivocated the
integrity of Algiers or the inviolability of the decision of the Boundary
UN impersonated by Secretary General Annan expressed its serious concern about
and warned of the possible consequences of a protracted stalemate in the peace
process between Eritrea and Ethiopia and hence called for the enforcement of
the rule of law and the implementation of binding agreements/treaties in this
matter both in terms of stability on the ground and as a matter of precedence –
Annan, 16 December 2004.
UN Security Council reiterated its firm commitment to the Algiers peace accord
and called upon both nations to restate the same unequivocally in spite of its
cheers for the obvious, in its most recent press release on 21 Dec 2004.
United States, only major power that didn’t even bother to cheer or applaud the
obvious, made its firm commitment to Algiers clear by referring to its press
statement issued on 21 January 2004, wherein the same is stated. And as if that
were not enough, the US dispatched a high-level emissary to assure Eritrea’s
head of state in person about that.
European Union (EU) even went to the extent of issuing a second press statement
only to reiterate its equally firm commitment to Algiers, again regardless of
its cheers for the obvious.
president Salih, influential member of the so-called trio that comprises Yemen,
Sudan, Ethiopa and one who appeals to all involved, made no secret of his
commitment to Algiers when he declared “ in order for secure peace and
stability to prevail in the region, it is imperative to abide by international
laws and rulings”, despite of his cheers for the obvious and in a warped
reference to Algiers - Sanaa on 11 Dec 2004.
today, Ethiopian TV reported that, “ while delivering
President Mua'amar Qadhafi's message to Prime Minister Meles, Libya’s special
envoy for African Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Ali al-Tiriki,
said Libya is desirous for the peaceful resolution of the border conflict
between Ethiopia and Eritrea, and that Libya has no other stand other than
resolving any conflict through peaceful means”. Here again, Libya shrewdly dodging
Ethiopia’s destructive plan by cheering and restating the obvious like all
light of that and notwithstanding size, shape, color, redundancy, and other
flaws of the packaging in which it was delivered, critique of which is
legitimate and people are well entitled to nitpick and flyspeck that for
whatever motive, for the objective observer, the underlying purpose and
intention of the most recent interview that Eritrea’s prez gave was to echo the
sentiment and stance of the int’l community regarding Eritrea and Ethiopia:
There is no alternative to the Algiers peace agreement hence Ethiopia must
comply. Ethiopia got the message; a day later, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign
Affairs issued a statement but, not surprisingly, Ethiopia remained as defiant
as ever before: It is Ethiopia’s way (“proposal”) or war, the response.
in the magnitude of the Tsunami waves no doubt is of paramount concern of each
and every human being on earth and deserves utmost attention of all and every
global organizations, but as far as Ethiopia is concerned it is a welcome
diversion from the focus on its overt defiance of the rule of law, its
disrespect and contempt for binding international agreement and the decision of
an international court, which would have engaged the int’l community otherwise.
To Ethiopia, it is sadly a welcome breather, so to speak. Already, Ethiopia’s
PM has been scheduled to appear on a special edition of BBC’s radio journal
“Talking Points” to speak about something else, his country’s perpetual food
and against all odds, the status of the Algiers peace accord remains active,
intact, and in very good standing. Although sabotage, filibuster tactics, real
politics and even unforeseen natural disasters may delay its implementation, it
is inevitable, for it is utterly inconceivable that the int’l community would
let might prevail over the rule of law.