Ethiopians reject government Peace Offer to Eritrea
June 9, 2018
Ethiopians in the northern town of Dawhan in Irob district of Tigrai region rejected on Friday the government's decision to unconditionally accept a controversial peace agreement with neighboring Eritrea.
The decision to implement the Algiers Agreement that ended the 1998-2000 Ethiopia-Eritrea War without preconditions has sparked anger, particularly in affected areas of Tigrai region bordering Asmara.
In a protest march, the Ethiopians chanted "We reject the Algiers Agreement", and "We don't compromise on our Ethiopian identity."
The decision also consisted of handing over Badme to Eritrea. Badme is seen as the symbol of Ethiopian victory over Eritrean forces.
Ethiopia's war which military experts had described as a "blitzkrieg", was on the verge of taking up the Eritrean capital when the late prime minister Meles Zenawi, an ultra Eritrean mercenary in the mask of a Tigrian Ethiopian, aborted it within 24 hours.
Meles also set up the Algiers Agreement on dead colonial treaties with a clear motive to punish Ethiopia as a landlocked country. Many calls, including from influential Western diplomats that Ethiopia should re-capture the Red Sea Port of Assab were discarded as no issue by Meles.
Ethiopia has now a new prime minister, Dr Abiy Ahmed, a young political leader who has raised the hopes of millions of Ethiopians for a better future. Abiy has released political prisoners who were on a death row, and his clemency has projected him as forgiving and conciliatory.
The "unconditional peace offer to Eritrea" is the only major setback on his so-far star-studded journey in a span of two months.
TPLF has held the Tigrai people as "hostage" for nearly 40 years, and pushed its divisive agendas on the Ethiopian people. And when the group saw that the Tigrai people are rising against the so-called peace offer, the dominant group in the ruling coalition party quickly released a press statement that the "Peace Offer" would be rejected.
Protests are expected in other towns of Tigrai and possibly Afar, the latter being a Red Sea coast region that became the first victim of being split between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 1991.<
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