YOU FAIL TO HONOR YOUR WORD, YOU FAIL TO RESPECT THE HONOR OF THE PEOPLE YOU REPRESENT

THE EEBC DECISION TEN YEARS LATER AND ETHIOPIA'S ILLEGAL OCCUPATION:
YOU FAIL TO HONOR YOUR WORD, YOU FAIL TO RESPECT THE HONOR OF THE PEOPLE YOU REPRESENT
By Kiflai Ghebremedhin.

Incredible, it is already 10 years. The emotional answer to how I feel about the non-implementation of the EEBC Decision is anger and mistrust towards those who shoulder the responsibility to see it through. But there is more to it than emotions. You see, when heads of states willingly enter into arbitration and agree to abide by the outcome unconditionally, they do so in the name and honor of the nation and people they represent. Therefore, on top of being legally bound, they are honorably bound to implement the outcome no matter how it comes out. If not, you fail to honor your word, you fail to respect the honor of the people you represent, it becomes a mockery of justice or it was cunning to begin with. Those (UN, US, EU, AU) who guaranteed its implementation are responsible for the prolonged misery of the people in the area of conflict. They too gave their word to see to it that the Decision will be executed. Failing to do so mean that arbitration is meaningless, you are a party to the travesty of justice, and creating bad precedence for the future.

Needless to say, the border in question will be demarcated on the basis of the EEBC Decision when the rhetoric (msms) on the guilty party (Ethiopia) is over for the following reasons: (1) it is legally demarcated, (2) it is internationally acknowledged, and (3) it is in the interest of Ethiopia.