Eritrea and Ethiopia: Briefing the Final Report, Beyond the Impasse

Khartoum (HAN) April 10, 2014 – Weekly Regional Security and Defence Update and Analysis – Jason Mosley is briefing the final report about the assumptions underlying much analysis about the conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia, saying it was wrong to consider President Isaias acted irrationally or against the interests of the Eritrean state in relation to the findings of the Boundary Commission. Mr Mosley said his strategy might be poor, but not without logic. Mr Mosley said Eritrea’s fear was that by entering into talks over the implementation of the Commission’s findings the country would put in jeopardy the ruling itself.

Eritreans worry that if they negotiate with Ethiopia, as Addis Ababa requests, they will negate the Commission’s ruling.” This they would not do, which meant that Ethiopia would need to open discussions while guaranteeing the adjudication.

The Final Report (April, 2014) –
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