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HakeGnaErtrawy

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Selamat Meskeremites,

 

Please click on the link below and go to the article and click on video link.

 

http://natna.blogspot.com/2007/02/video-council-on-foreign-relations.html

 

This is why you can be certain that America is trying to tamper with the sealed EEBC's "Final & Binding" ruling. Former US Ambassador to Ethiopia, Madam Vicky Huddelston is the main character in this drama you are about to watch, she is the evil messanger. She shows no shame whatsoever answering the question she was NOT asked. Terrence Lyons, supposedly a "knowledgable scholar" says nothing to her wrong answer. He was there to balance the conference, he rebuttled a few times when the issue was Somalia, how can one call such politically partisan scholar an "expert of The Horn?" If he does not know what Madam Huddleston was talking about, then he is not upto date with his information? If he kept silent on purpose so she can getaway with wrong answer, then he is part of the conspiracy. Either way he cannot be regarded as an "expert of The Horn Africa." I think we give these self proclaimed "experts" too much credit. Its is my understanding that he is neither an experts nor fair political analysit. Therefore his future writings should be rejected out right until he aknowledges and apologizes.

 

While listening watching the clip, when you get to the question by Sophia Tesfamariam you will see how Madam Huddleston lies, and the "expert" lets her off the hook! While, the whole world is waiting for Ethiopia's full acceptance of the rulling and cooperation with the EEBC's "Final & Binding" Verdict, she says, "Weyane has fully accepted the ruling, she even refers to the word 'in principle' and openly states that is no longer the case," but she says, "there has to be a dicussion of the implementation." See where she slips the pre-condition into her answer. The peace protocol states clearly, what the first step is for Weyane to fully accept the "Final & Binding" Verdict. Unlike what Vicky thinks, Ertra has nothing to do with the other disputing party, the cartographers can go and do their job without discussion with anyone. But, she has the nerve to think everyone (NOT melanin deficient) is bunch of schmucks. What a shame!

 

The EEBC has clarified all the questions Weyane raised, they have done it several times point by point. All there is left is to accept the "Final & Binding" Verdict and let the cartographers do their job. After that we can resume contact at all level, including returning the money and assets of Ertrawyan that was confiscated illegally by Weyane when they declared war on Ertra. Meanwhile, we can make arrangments for reconciliation and further our bilateral relations, which will be in the interest of the people in the region.

 

What this smart American (Former US Ambassador to Ethiopia) is telling us is "either its their way or noway!" first smash the EEBC "Final & Binding" Verdict open, then give political judgement by abrogating the Resolution reached by the impartial PCA at The Hague after considerable time and resources invested. What do they feel when they are undermining a committee made up of credible judges and lawyers? I mean, WHAT IS THE CONSEPT OF DEMOCRATIC JUSTICE in the eye of the Americans ? This is really a worisome trend, the current American administration is following. Eventhough, Madam Huddleston is no longer a decision maker but it shows the mentality of the current administration, which is bent on punishing the people of Ertra and the concept of justice as we know it.  How funny the drama ends, right at the end Hermann Cohen (former African affairs committee (1988-1992) under Goerge Herbert Bush) gives Madam Huddelston the thumbs up for her flawed answer, I hope all Ertrawyan understand what that means. You all know who Hermann Cohen is, he is an AIPAC lobbyst. He possesses tremendous influence over the African Affairs department, I doubt the coming administration would handle the matter any different. Instead of sending lobysts to Washington to influence the American government, its better to send people to Israeli's knesset to get your problem looked at.

 

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In related news: It seems a coincidence just now the Ethiopians come out asking the international community to bring them to the table. What a joke is this?

 

AP Interview: Ethiopian president urges negotiated solution to border dispute with Eritrea 
   
International Herald Tribune 

 

Published: March 2, 2007

UNITED NATIONS: Ethiopia's president urged the international community to  bring Ethiopia and Eritrea together to negotiate a solution to their border  dispute, which was the cause of one war and remains a barrier to peace between the Horn of Africa neighbors. 

Girma Wolde-Giorgis said after decades of war, his country wants to develop its resources and bring its more than 75 million people out of poverty. He pointed with pride to over 10 percent economic growth for the last three years and promised "it's going to be even better." 

 

"Right now, we've got five big dams under construction and we have reached a stage where we can export electricity to our neighboring countries," he  said.

"We have no time for fighting," Wolde-Giorgis said in an interview. "We hope  Eritreans will choose to be at least our good neighbor. ... But if they choose animosity, we are very sorry, but we have to watch out. We are not afraid of being threatened but neither are we (going to) ignore situations that might arise." 

Relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia have been consistently strained since  Eritrea gained its independence from the Addis Ababa government in 1993  following a 30-year guerrilla war. The border between the countries was  never officially demarcated, which led to a 2 1/2-year war that ended in 2000.

 

Under the cease-fire agreement that ended the fighting, both sides agreed to allow an international boundary commission rule on the disputed border. The commission ruling in April 2002 awarded the key town of Badme to Eritrea but Ethiopia has refused to hand over any territory.

 

Wolde-Giorgis called the commission's decision "a mistake" because it didn't  take into account the wishes of the people in border villages. "Therefore,even if we accept it, we know that it will not be guaranteed for the peace to come," he said.

 

In apparent frustration and anger at Ethiopia's refusal to implement the ruling and the U.N.'s failure to exert pressure, Eritrea has restricted the operations of the U.N. peacekeeping force monitoring the tense 1,000-kilometer-long(620-mile-long) buffer zone between the two countries. Eritrea has also said there is no reason for negotiations.

"They don't want the peace to exist," Wolde-Giorgis said. "They know very
well that that decision will not make the region peaceful, because they don't like to have peace to take place. And we can't afford to have war. We want to have peace."

 

What's the solution? 

"The solution is the international community should try to bring us together  and negotiate," he said. "Only through negotiation this problem could be solved." 

 

Negotiation can only be conducted   

-prior to war,

-prior to destruction,

-prior to extensive argument in court and

-prior to Final & Binding Resolution.

 

Since when do the Ethiopians learned the word negotiation? Ertra's independence did NOT come thru negotiation, it came about thru blood and sacrifice.

The Ethiopian president, who spent 20 years in Eritrea, said he likes the  country and people and hopes the two countries "can at least be good friends and good neighbors." 

 

"I've not lost hope at all — it will happen," he said.


Wolde-Giorgis came to New York to be the keynote speaker at the 25th  anniversary tribute to Orbis International, whose flying eye hospitals have  brought sight to millions around the world — including in Ethiopia. He arrived on a day that the first troops of an African peacekeeping force from Uganda arrived in Somalia to help the country's fragile government establish stability. 

Asked about Ethiopia's decision to send troops to help Somalia's weak  transitional government oust the Council of Islamic Courts that had held the  capital and much of the south for six months, Wolde-Giorgis said his  government's prime reason was to promote stability and peace. Ethiopia hopes Somalia's transitional government "will be wise enough" to  consult all the warlords and elders and ensure that a democratic government  is installed in the country. 

"Both in Somalia and Ethiopia, we cannot effectively fight poverty and  develop our resources if we don't have guaranteed peace," Wolde-Giorgis  said. "We hope they will work toward that — and the signs are very good."


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What persuasion? Persuasion was done to bring the disputing parties to court, so as to resolve the matter thru legal means. The resolution protocol was agreed to a Final & Binding, and to abide by the outcome no matter what the ruling is. By not enforcing the ruling, PCA under The Hague Court (king of all courts) is being undermined by nations who claim to respect the rule of law. What a shame!
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