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ERITREA: DEMARCATION DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED

In May 1998, Ethiopian troops fired and shot on an Eritrean platoon on routine duty along the border town of Badme killing several of its members. The Eritrean government's response was one of patience and a resolute determination to resolve the matter peacefully. However, the minority led Ethiopian government's response was a declaration of an all out war on Eritrea under the pretext that Eritrea had invaded undefined Ethiopian territory that later was concocted as "Badme and its environs". The minority led Ethiopian government had hoped a war with Eritrea would give it the legitimacy it had failed to achieve domestically through its divisive and ethnocentric governance.

BE IT FOR THE LOVE OF PEACE OR THE FEAR OF WAR UN: IMPOTENTLY ALLOWING ILLEGAL OCCUPATION

Ten years after the announcement of the EEBC Decision Ethiopia is still occupying sovereign Eritrea's territory. As if that is not enough, Ethiopia continues provoking Eritrea while the UN is impotently watching the illegal action. Despite all the hostility it is pleasing to see that Eritrea has clearly stated that it has no plan of being provoked in to a meaningless war.

ERITREA: 10 YEARS OF ETHIOPIAN OCCUPATION AND AGGRESSION

The Independent Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) delivered its final and binding delimitation and demarcation decisions on 13 April 2002 and 30 November 2007 respectively. Emboldened by the diplomatic, financial, military and political shield and support it receives from the United States and its allies, the belligerent minority regime in Ethiopia continues to militarily occupy sovereign Eritrean territories, including Badme, the casus belli of the Eritrea Ethiopia border conflict in 1998-2000.

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

The Final and Binding ruling of The Hague based EEBC was delivered ten years ago on 13th April 2002. Initially, both Eritrea and Ethiopia accepted the ruling, and the TPLF regime even celebrated claiming how big chunks of land were awarded to Ethiopia. However, few days later, the flip-flopping TPLF regime was instructed by its masters to reject the ruling and take the physical demarcation of the boundaries hostage.

DREAM VERSUS REALITY: MELES ZENAWI'S AMBITIONS OF GREATER TIGRAY VIS-a-VIS ERITREA'S SOVEREIGNTY

Ten years to this day, on April 13, 2002, the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) rendered its "final and binding" decision and closed the final chapter of the Eritrea-Ethiopian border conflict once and for all. At least, we assumed so. But, when one of the parties in the dispute, the minority led Ethiopian government, is bent in "emasculating" the people it perceived to be its archenemy, no amount of adjudication will satisfy it from getting its pound of flesh. Irrespective of its signature on a "final and binding" arbitration agreement, and irrespective of the decisions made by the highest court in the land, the Marxist Leninist League of Tigray is still bent in getting its "trophy" at any cost. And, as long as that trophy remains to be "the emasculation and containment of the Eritrean chauvinism", the saga will continue.

UN AGAINST ITS OWN CHARTER

Ten years after the EEBC delivered its delimitation decision, the Eritrea-Ethiopia border remains undemarcated. As it stands, Ethiopia still remains defiant and on the wrong side of the norms of international law. By being so, it has put the peace and security of the Horn of Africa in turmoil. As a result of Ethiopia's non-compliance, peace between the two countries remains elusive.

IMPLEMENT EEBC'S APRIL 13, 2002 DECISION NOW!

So, here we are witnessing another day, which should have been a day of honor, just whiz by instead as a day of infamy because of the inept and corrupt organization, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which has become, sadly, the playground of the only Superpower in town! Yes, a day that should have been heralding a brighter future for the peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia, has become another causality of the political machinations of the United States coupled with the international communities' nonchalant attitude when it comes to the interest and well being of small nations like Eritrea.

U TURN REQUEST TO DELIVER REAL JUSTICE FOR ERITREA AND ETHIOPIA

THE EEBC DECISION TEN YEARS LATER AND ETHIOPIA'S ILLEGAL OCCUPATION:
U TURN REQUEST TO DELIVER REAL JUSTICE FOR ERITREA AND ETHIOPIA
By: Yacob
April 13, 2012

As an Eritrean I am approaching Friday the 13th April 2012 with anger, shame and distrust of the powers of this world and great pride understanding of the Eritrean spirit. Some non-Eritreans may not understand the above statement and many not to even know the name Eritrea, but sadly many journalists have written commissioned and fabricated articles against Eritrea.

OPEN LETTER TO THE UNSC

THE EEBC DECISION TEN YEARS LATER AND ETHIOPIA'S ILLEGAL OCCUPATION:
OPEN LETTER TO THE UNSC
By Simon Tesfamariam
April 13, 2012

Dear Members of the United Nations Security Council,

Peace has been held hostage by Ethiopia with the blessing of the UN

By - Sam O. Negash

Isn't it a travesty of justice that the UN along with its handful handlers not only tolerates but actively encourages one of the poorest nations on our planet to disregard its ruling? It is 10 years to the day that the EEBC (Eritrean-Ethiopian Boundary commission) which was established by the UN with the full support of the EU, US and UK ruled Badme (the place at the heart of the border dispute) is Eritrean but Ethiopia still occupies this land.

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