Hague Court Rules on Damages for Ethiopia-Eritrea War – By Jason McLure (Bloomberg)

August 18th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague awarded the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea damages to settle a range of property and human rights claims stemming from the countries’ 1998-2000 border war.

In a final ruling today that ends eight years of litigation, the court ordered Eritrea to pay Ethiopia $174 million for claims including lost profit to Ethiopia’s state- owned airline, failing to protect Ethiopian civilians during the war and mistreating Ethiopian prisoners of war.

Ethiopia was ordered to pay Eritrea and some Eritrean individuals $163.5 million for damages, including destruction of Eritrean buildings, the seizing of automobiles owned by Eritreans and imprisoning Eritrean civilians under harsh conditions. Both sides were awarded damages against the other for failure to prevent the rape of women near the front.

The Ethiopia-Eritrea war erupted in 1998 after disagreements between the two governments over border and trade matters. The fighting left an estimated 70,000 people dead and displaced 750,000 from their homes. The 2000 Algiers accords ended the war without agreement on a final border. Tens of thousands of troops remain dug in along the two countries’ 912- kilometer (567-mile) frontier.

The net award to Ethiopia of about $10.5 million “is a very small amount given the gravity of the crime of aggression committed by Eritrea,” according to an e-mailed statement from Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry in the capital, Addis Ababa. Ethiopia will continue to study the ruling, the ministry said. Eritrea said it accepted the decision “without any equivocation,” according to a statement posted to the Web site of its Information Ministry.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jason McLure in Addis Ababa via the Johannesburg bureau at abolleurs@bloomberg.net.

  1. Kume
    | #1

    This a game by International court. Doesn’t make sense at all. Their is something behind it. Above all it is relay FUNNY!! KKKKKK!!

  2. T a g l o
    | #2

    GREAT RESPECT AND THANK TO THE INTERNATIONAL COURT.

    THE IMPORTANT THING HERE IS NOT THE MONEY THAT “WHO
    PAYS? WHO RECEIVES? BUT TO SOLVE THE CORE OBSTACLE
    OF THESE TWO NATIONS. THAT IS THE POINT!

  3. fish
    | #3

    rely funny.

  4. aha!
    | #4

    The objectives/causes for the 1998-2000 is attributed to be over the boder and trade matters”. There would have been no boundry problem in the first, if there was government standing for the national interest, that allowed for EPLF to secede and gain independence from Ethiopia, in the first place, without national referendum. While on the other hand TPLF did not break away from Ethiopia, but took the position of a liberator with the help of EPLF, etc. to usurp to power in the central government.

    And there should have not been with trade matters, particularly with currency if they agreed to exploit Ethiopia jointly and cooperatively, without one trying to dominate the other and/or if Eritrea remains part and parcel of fedrated states of Ethiopia in favor of the majority Eritreans,instead of separate state of an interdepedent economy and intertwined culture with the rest of Ethiopia.

  5. mateos
    | #5

    The Ethio-Eritrean people will resolve their differnce ones the modern and sophisticated slaves weyane mafia family are eradicated from the face of the planet; WITH OUT A SINGLE PENNY!

  6. jatinain
    | #6

    What a joke! Ethiopia will not accept this ruling unless ASSAB is handed
    over to Ethiopia.If not Ethiopia will strike Eritrea at any time to gain ASSAB
    it is only a matter of time.

  7. Guest
    | #7

    What kind of arbitration body has Meles Settled for? It appears that every decision made favours the Eritrean government. Whereas the aggression was committed by Eritrea, the compensation paid to Ethiopia is so little. We can see the weak and incapable government we have when it comes to protecting the interest of Ethiopia internationally. They can’t even match the tiny Eritrean government. They are busy repressing and looting the Ethiopian people, that is where they are efficient and alive. Shame on the Woyane governement.

  8. gabriela
    | #8

    I THINK WE CANN’T EXPERES IN WORD THE LIFE WE LOST IN BOTH SIDE IT IS PITY NOW TO TALK ABOUT THE DAMAGE NOW ,IN THE FIRST PLACE BOTH COUNTRIES SHOULD SEPARATE IN THE FIRST PLACE BEFORE THEY DECIDING THEIR BORDER THIS IS I THINK OUR GOVERMENT MISTAKE THEY SHOULD SIT DOWN AND AGREED THE BORDER LINE AND THEN GIVE THEM AS MUCH AS THEY WANT TO GIVE THEM . TO ME THE ORDINARY ETHIOPIAN AND ERITRIAN PEOPLE DIDN’T MAKE BUT THE LEADERS DID MAY GOD BLESS THEM ALL ,

  9. Mamo
    | #9

    The winner is the white lawyers who are laughing about these two idiots all the way to the bank.it is an insult specially to the Ethiopia people.

  10. Hailu
    | #10

    I am so sad to see the same people,one people go through these none sense. Because of these 2 idiots and their followers,they killed each other.I hope the young and educated ones from both countries will live peacefuly as one country or 2 loving and developing countries.Amen!

  11. Free Bertukan
    | #11

    A truly popular and democratically elected government will have to reverse all the damages tplf/eplf, and EPRP(the wing that supported (Eritrea’s independence) have done. The so-called international community is controlled by pro-colonilist western Europeans, Britain, Italy, France which divided Ethiopia into Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti and Ethiopia proper. Those small colonies are now Ethiopia’s cancer that bleed the Ethiopian people. Their petty leaders are committed to do the will of their colonial masters rather than living peacefully with Ethiopia. Eritreans pride in their being colonized as much as the Ethiopians pride in their not being colonized by a European power. Thus, Eritrea’s pride is Ethiopia’s shame and vice-versa. In other words Menilik and Adwa are Africa’s pride and Eritrea’s shame. Ethiopians from all ethnic groups and every corner of the country fought at Adwa. Ethiopia is not Menilik’s or Meles’s creation. It is the land of mainly the Cushites and semi-Semitics, the Nilotics and all races. So, dismantling and demonizing Ethiopia is Eritrea’s mandate (devised by the facist 19th Century Italy)using ethno-politics of today. Remember what Isaias said, “Just as much as Ethiopia gave Eritrea hard time for 30 years of “mekera” (trouble), we will also give Ethiopia “mekera” for 60 years. What “mekera” is it if not a conspiracy to deny its natural and legitmate ownership of the Assab port and access to the Red Sea? It is next to impossible to have an Ethiopia without a port and expect the country to be peaceful and prosperous. TPLF/EPRDF must first undo their mistake before going to the poll next year. This should be the rallying agenda for other serious political parties in the upcoming election. The Diaspora should stand support only those parties that struggle for the independence of all Ethiopia and Ethiopians including the misguided Eritreans.

    My point is that Ethiopia should not expect any justice from its very enemies. That was why Haile sellassie said, “Let God and histroy be the Judge” at the Geneva speech regarding Italian invasion of the 1920s.

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