Radio Erena: 15 April 2015
The peace deal that has been ruled as ‘final and binding’ by the UN mandated Eritrean and Ethiopian Boarder Commission has counted 13 years this past Monday the 13th of April without bringing peace between the two countries.
It is to be noted that after the two countries signed the Algiers agreement in 2000 to stop the 1998 war that claimed the lives of 100, 000 people, they agreed to take their case to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the Netherlands.
On the 13th of April 2002, the court gave its final and binding ruling on the case awarding Eritrea the town of Badme and other places which were at the core of the fight. Although the two countries agreed to the ruling at the beginning, the peace deal has not been implemented as Ethiopia requested for talks as precondition to pulling its troops from what are ruled to be Eritrea’s sovereign territories.
Eritrea, which believes relations between the two neighboring countries couldn’t be normalized while Ethiopia is still controlling its sovereign territories that have been awarded by the international court, criticizes the international community for failing to push Ethiopia to pull its troops from those territories without any preconditions.
As the ruling by The Hague counts its 13th anniversary, the two countries are still found to be engaged in hostile propaganda against each other.