The International Community's Inaction Exposes the Region to Dangerous Perils
By: Staff
November 6, 2004

On the occasion of 24 October 2004, the UN Day, the UN Secretary-General Special Representative (SRSG) Mr. Legwaila Joseph Legwaila speaking about the Eritrean-Ethiopian conflict referred, for the first time, to the major obstructions and obstacles as well as the gravity of the situations created by the policies of the Ethiopian government for blocking the peace process.

Ambassador Legwaila in his report stressed that Ethiopia by putting obstacles violated the 13 April 2002 decision based on the Algiers Peace Agreement signed by both parties and which stipulated inequivocally that the EEBC decision is final and binding. This negative Ethiopian attitude he said put the whole peace process on the verge of danger, and he appealed for taking urgent measures in order to ward of dangers from the region and for preventing new wars and conflicts.
Mr. Legwaila explained that the faltering move and delays of the peace process which took a long time is due in the first place to the failure of the international community to discharge its responsibilities towards the peace process. He pointed out that the delay in taking quick and effective measures will entail and cause more losses in lives and resources in the whole region. Accordingly, the international community has to take prompt and strict measures before it is too late.

Despite the fact that Ambassador Legwaila is speaking about the situation in diplomatic terms, however the message implied by his speech is that the region is at the edge of perilous precipe.