President Isaias is a bad man who will clutch at any issue which allows him to repress the Eritrean people. He can invent stuff (US involvement in Ethiopia’s recent attacks on Eritrea – why would they bother?) to justify his failure to implement the constitution and democracy, but it’s particularly galling for commentators (like us) when he doesn’t need to.
The Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission delivered its Decision on Delimitation of the Border between Eritrea and Ethiopia to representatives of the two governments on Saturday 13th April 2002 at the premises of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Peace Palace in The Hague.
That’s 10 years ago.
What’s happened since then? Nothing.
The international communities’ failure to force President Meles of Ethiopia to acccept the EEBC’s decision is shameful. We’ve got the levers (vast amounts of aid flow from western countries into Ethiopia) but we haven’t used them.
Movement towards demarcation of the border would help to undermine Isaias, and to show Eritreans and the Eritrean Diaspora that the West supports their country and its geographic integrity.