The Ethiopian foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom reiterated that Ethiopia is willing to settle the border conflict with Eritrea if Eritrea agrees for dialogue. The Ethiopian foreign Minister blamed the Eritrean government for refusing to resolve the border dispute saying “the belligerent party opposed to these talks has always been the Eritrean side”.
Ethiopia and Eritrea fought a bitter two year war after Eritrea invaded Ethiopian Northern Tigrai State territories in 1998. The Eritrean invasion of Ethiopian sovereign land was part of the tiny nations aggressive expansionist policy to increase it’s influence in the Horn of Africa.
The Algiers agreement and the subsequent decision by the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission on April 13, 2002 have been rejected by the Ethiopian people in general and the Tigrai people in particular. The Tigraians are threatening to go to all out war to maintain their land if they have to. The Ethiopian government should declare the whole deal null and void on the grounds that Eritrea violated so many of the agreements including throwing out the European origin members of United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) and sponsoring terrorists against Ethiopia.
Before the humiliating defeat at the hands of the Ethiopian defense forces, Eritrea has fought with Sudan and Yemen and after that with Djibouti.
13 years after the crashing defeat by Ethiopia, Eritrea is in no mood to face the much larger neighbor for a second round. Instead the Eritrean regime is facing multiple internal and external problems and it has resorted to supporting Ethiopian and Somalia terrorists.
We don’t think the outlawed regime in Eritrea is going to agree to discuss the border dispute with Ethiopia because it has to answer to the people why the invaded Ethiopia in the first place. The only choice the gang in Asmara have is to start war with Ethiopia and try to unite the Eritrean people to save itself. The bad news is the Eritrean people are tired of war, the Eritrean army is defecting in the hundreds and the Eritrean economy is crumbling.
What do you think the Ethiopian government should do?