Ethiopia: Irrational Rationalization
By: Dr. Tesfaldet Araya
November 26, 2003

I. Unheard and unseen in the annals of international diplomatic relations the current minority regime in Ethiopia is on record:

To this end, it has been manipulating sincere or otherwise states and international organizations while destabilizing neighboring states of the Horn of Africa.

II. It is arrogantly and pretentiously suggesting a unilateral mechanism to create a quasi Commission to undo what has been already accomplished with finesse by the already agreed Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC);

III. It is scheming options to capitalize legitimate as well as illegitimate reward from the International Community in general and the Donor Nations in particular;

IV. It is attempting to unilaterally and arbitrarily abrogate, partially or wholly the
V. The minority regime in Ethiopia also remains in collision course:
a. With itself; its own agenda to secede from Ethiopia, conform to TPLF’s Manifesto (revealing in itself) as manifested in the Ethiopia’s Federal Constitution and thereby bringing the inevitable balkanization of Ethiopia.
b. Regionally; the current minority regime in Ethiopia is in a collision course with the neighboring countries:
c. Internationally; above all, by defying the Security Council of the United Nations, the European Union, African Union, and the United States, the minority regime in Ethiopia is on collision course with entire world. VI. Hostages: the current minority regime in Ethiopia, by an irrational rationalization of its attempt to reverse the irreversible and defend the indefensible has held hostage the UN Security Council but also the UN in general, the European Union, the African Union, and the United States government. This is a futile endeavor that eventually will put the minority regime in a permanent self-induced confrontation with the International Community.

It seems the irrational rationalization of the current minority regime leadership has failed to understand the, long overdue, indifference portrayed towards Ethiopia by the International Community has ceased to exist as the present situation for real politick is sinking in. Farewell to the indifference of difference and welcome to the difference of the indifference.

The issue now is in the hands of the Security Council rather individual States and Nations or their respective low-level Foreign Ministry Offices or officers. The adventurous shuttling by the so called diplomats need to cease; the mediation is unsolicited with unwarranted protocol and endangering the natural course. It should not be entertained by and concerned authorities of responsible governments.

Ethiopia needs to learn to live on its own merit rather than on the shoulders of neighboring nations and/or the International community. Ungrateful and in most cases biting the feeding hands, as shown time and time again, sort of cursed Africa’s hunchback. The UN, EU, AU and US, and particularly Eritrea can’t and shall not be held hostage to Ethiopia’s irrational rationalization of its defiant stance and its flagrant violation of all international conventions, all on record, as the neighboring States were subjected to for so long.

At this juncture, the Security Council, and the sister international organizations in particular need to set the warranted agenda, as stipulated in the Algiers Agreement, and the Ruling of the Border Commission, to conform to the provisions of the United Nations Charter. The Security Council of the UN, through its Resolution 1507 (2003), has already voiced its stance on the issue. It has sternly and unambiguously demanded the demarcation of the Eritrea-Ethiopia border by implementing the EEBC Decision which is “final and binding”.

Concomitantly the European Union, the African Union and the US government have to show their respective resolve. The same is true for the World Regional Organizations. In general, a rational rationalization, compatible under the auspices of international diplomacy has to take place. At this juncture International Organizations and the Security Council need to set the agenda, in conformity with the provisions of the United Nations Charter, by taking the legal recourse as warranted in its Charter invoking Chapter VII.

Diplomatically isolated, financially bankrupt and with chronic insecurity the sick nation of Ethiopia needs to swallow the bitter pill to heal and to learn to do the right thing. Nationally, Internationally, diplomatically and legally, it’s appropriate for the term” staus-quo-ante”.