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.
- blackmailing renowned and distinguished personalities, internationally acclaimed
commissioners, and responsible organizations and states;
- defying international charters and governing provisions;
- violating, on record, international conventions and covenants;
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
IV. It is attempting to unilaterally and arbitrarily abrogate, partially or
V. The minority regime in Ethiopia also remains in collision course:
- Algiers agreement,
- The April 2002 “final and binding” Decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Border
- Security Council Demarcation Resolution 1502, including Resolution 1507 (2003);
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.
- incessant intervention in Somalia’s internal affairs,
- incidents with Kenya related to border clashes as well as theft to raping
- incompatible in dealing rationally its National Security Interest needs and
concerns with Djibouti,
- Unrealistic double game with the Sudan and
- The border conflict with Eritrea including its bestial behavior of digging
Eritrean veterans’ cemeteries and playing with human remains, and the uprooting
of innocent toddlers and elderly nuns and priests based on its policy of ethnic-cleansing.
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”.