AU Panel urges new approach to settle Ethiopia-Eritrea border dispute

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December 17, 2010(ADDIS ABABA) – The African Union’s Panel of the Wise, at its 9th assembly in Algiers, Algeria, has urged a launch for a new and binding peace process to resolve the long-standing border row between Ethiopia and Eritrea, an AU press release says. (more…)

December 17, 2010(ADDIS ABABA) – The African Union’s Panel of the Wise, at its 9th assembly in Algiers, Algeria, has urged a launch for a new and binding peace process to resolve the long-standing border row between Ethiopia and Eritrea, an AU press release says.

Between 1998 and 2000 the neighboring east African countries fought a border war over the town of Badme, which resulted in the deaths of over 70,000 people.

In 2000, Eritrea and Ethiopia signed the Algiers Agreement which forwarded the permanent court of arbitration at The Hague. Both parties agreed in advance to comply with the ruling of the border commission.

A UN Border Commission, mandated to examine the dispute, awarded Badme to Eritrea. However Ethiopia has refused to accept the ruling.

The African Union’s Panel of the Wise held from December 12-14 expressed concerns over the stalled border crises saying a lasting solution was needed.

“The Panel noted with regret that 10 years after the signing of the Algiers Peace Agreement, the Peace process between Ethiopia and Eritrea remains stalled,” said a communiqué issued following the meeting.

The panel urged the chairperson of the commission to envisage useful initiatives to help the countries resolve the outstanding issues and work towards the normalization of relations.

The boundaries of Ethiopia and Eritrea follow a frontier defined by the Ethiopian-Italian Treaty of 1902, while Italy ruled Eritrea as a colony.

However, the frontier near Badme was poorly defined in the treaty, and since Eritrea declared independence from Ethiopia in 1993 both nations have disputed where the boundary actually lies.

Despite the UN border ruling, some inhabitants of Badme consider themselves to be Ethiopian citizens.

The border crises still remain tense with fears of a possible return to war.

CONTINENT’S PEACE AND SECURITY

At the meeting The Panel of the Wise said it has reviewed the current situation of continent’s peace and security, reiterating its concern at the continuing scourge of conflict in Africa.

The panel encouraged the African Union (both the AU Commission and the Peace and Security Council) and the Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution to continue and intensify their efforts towards the resolution of current crisis’ and the consolidation of peace where it has been restored.

In more general terms, the panel stressed the opportunity to work towards the launching of a regional and comprehensive approach to address the challenges of good neighborliness, peace, security and development in the Horn of Africa. It also encouraged the AU Commission, in close coordination with the regional body IGAD and with the support of AU partners, to undertake preparatory consultations to that effect.

The panel called for a comprehensive strategy to deal once and for all with border conflicts in Africa, which it recommended should be developed by the AU Commission and the other regional economic groupings in Africa.

Further, the panel noted that its current meeting was taking place at a particularly important moment in the history of Sudan, with a self-determination referendum scheduled to be held in southern Sudan on 9 January 2011.

The panel expressed its full support to the efforts being deployed by the AU, through the AU High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) on Sudan, under the leadership of President Thabo Mbeki, for the settlement of both the outstanding issues in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and the post-referendum arrangements.

The communiqué also emphasized the imperative of promoting an inclusive and comprehensive political process in Darfur. It expressed support for the peace initiatives being undertaken by the AUHIP and the joint AU-UN Mission in Darfur in collaboration with Qatar.

The panel also hailed the efforts being deployed by the AU towards the promotion of peace and reconciliation in Somalia. It urged the Somali parties to redouble their efforts in order to successfully conclude the transition, and called on the international community, in particular the United Nations, to provide the required support to the ongoing efforts, including the strengthening of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), as decided by the PSC during its meeting of 15 October 2010.

The Panel of the Wise, which was established under Article 11 of the Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council (PSC), is mandated to support the efforts of the PSC and those of the Chairperson of the Commission, particularly in the area of conflict prevention, according to the union’s press statement.

The Panel, under the leadership of former Algerian President Ahmed Ben Bella agreed to hold its next meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in February 2011.

  1. Drama
    | #1

    AU? PLEASE. WHY WOULD ANOTHER CAUCASIAN SERVING SLAVERY INSTITUT TRY TO TELL US DO DEMARCATE OUR BOARDERS BY A SLAVING COLONIALIST MAP OF ITALY? WHO IS THE AU AND ITALY TELLING US WHICH MAP TO USE? OBVIOUSLY ANOTHER SLAVE NAMED MELES ZENAWI (THE WAY THE FIRST SLAVE IN ETHIOPIA) ENDORSES THE USAGE OF THE ITALIAN BOARDER MAPS THAT WERE NEVER ACCEPTED BOTH BY THE ERITREAN AND THE ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE. THE CROOK CAUCASIAN, OBVIOUSLY TO HIS FUTURE INTERESTS, USES THESE DICTATORS (MELES & ISSAYAS)TO PASS THE BOARDER TREATY THROUGH THE AU AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT THEIR PEOPLE AND THEIR COUNTRIES. NOW THEY COME TO US AND TELL US ETHIOPIA SAYS THIS, ETHIOPIA SAYS THAT, ERITREA SAYS THIS AND THAT. HOLD ON WHITE MAN. IT IS NOT ETHIOPIA AND ERITREA THAT SAID THAT. IT IS YOUR SLAVING DICTATORS. THE PEOPLE HAVE NO PROBLEM BEING WITH EACH OTHER AS DEMONSTRATED IN AND OUT OF ETHIOPIA. ALL AFRICANS WHO ARE SITTING IN THIS PANEL ARE TRAITORS OF OUR CONTINENT INCLUDING THE ALGERIAN BUTT LICKERS. WE KNOW WHAT THE WEST WANTS FROM AFRICA NOW. NEOCOLONIZATION!!!!!!!! AND WE WILL STAND AGAINST IT. THEY AIN’T TAKING OUR CASH. NO WAY.

  2. sele
    | #2

    au and un are pupates, we dont need them.

  3. Anonymous
    | #3

    Eriteria-Ethiopia border problem touches nerve on both sides of the border. There are some Eriterians who love Ethiopians, Aferwerki thinks Eriteria is an Arab country, He is the problem. Eriterians are closer to Ethiopians in culture, looks, food, religion and proximity. Why the hate started is beacause Afewerki wants to be an Emperial power. Power over Ethiopia and Eriteria.

  4. Lucy in America
    | #4

    The so called ” AU” and “UN’ arethe puppet of america.They do not have morale ground to tell us that they are neutral organizations. A dog must serve it’s owner otherwise the owner will not give any food. AU is a club of some dectatorial idiots and criminals. They are lairs and corruped individuals. Nobody has any legal right to demarcate any boundary between eritreans and ethiopians. we arenotlike other slaves who were bowed to their colonizers. we are broterly and we will live with out boarder. Our common problems are. weyane,shabia and Africa canncerious enemies like USA and UK. So intersting.the westren countries destroying their boundary ,small houses and creating one big house for their citizens , where as they are pushing africans for separation and demarcation of boundary.After 21 years of civil warin sudan USA and Uk will have a newly born nation from the womb of sudan as they support the separation of eritrea from ethiopia. but eritrea leader Issayas has refused to be one of USA and Uk dogs and they can not use eritrea as their military base and their cheap holiday place. So the mpokeys club [AU] has clearly shown during ethiopian’s fake elections that AU is under mindless animals who could not speak truth . So AU has no any moralground to solve any probelms in africa.AU is USA and UK tool to kill africans in different ways. They problem in somalia,congo,sudan, ethiopia,kenya,and other africa countries shows that AU is not more that dictators dancing club. down with mankind animals.

  5. kentu
    | #5

    the war between ethiopia and eritrea was pland by both leaders to distroy ethiopians i will tell you the secret, thier plan was eritrean to build strong trinch, and plant land mine then meles send young amhara, oro omolia, afar, exept tigray. then most of them die then there is no ttreat hor weyan 2 the rest from dieth and wound stay in border without peace agriment , no peace no war this another peice of cake thouthands of soldiers they spend all their salary in tigray so fanancialy tgray is rich state all difence goes to tigray. in eritrea isayas send thier soldiers to desret to ask poletical asylem then they come withouth visa to usa or europ then they pay 2/100 from thier incone through eritrean emmbassy. then who is winer here both shaibia and weyane .who is loser?ethiopian people they sost thier kids and they sost money becouse no lease no war.i will gave them a credit for meles and isyas for their evil job. now we real ethiopians need from our deep sleepthey came in difernt form to distroy us some as enemy some as friends to sale our coffee to eritrea, some to send our kids to wack throuth eritrean trinchs and land mine.

  6. seifu
    | #6

    watch vedio meles, US bank & stock market, somolia pirate, meles banking connection. meles zenawi making money,money,money,money,money

    http://eastafro.com/Post/2010/12/19/video-thomas-mountains-interview-in-defense-of-eritrea-with-press-tv-and-max-kaiser-show/

  7. Idiot dictator
    | #7

    That is a real ugly guy on the picture- top left; an ugly guy with an ugly tie. The way he also ties around the neck is so old fashioned. He must be from some ruthless time.

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