Ethiopia said it would implement the Algiers peace agreement signed with Eritrea in December 2000 and “fully accept” the Ethiopian Eritrean Boundary Commission decision that came after a two year bloody war between the two neighboring countries.
After a day long meeting by the 36 Executive Committee members of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) a statement released by the politburo said Ethiopia will fully accept the December 12, 2000 Algiers Agreement, a peace agreement between the governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia, which established a special boundary commission, the country’s Addis Standard reports.
The Algiers agreement stipulated that the two states, fresh out of a two year costly war, would accept a decision by the Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) as “final and binding.” However, when the EEBC delivered its decision awarding the town of Badme, the epicenter of the war that killed tens and thousands from both sides, to Eritrea, Ethiopia backtracked from its commitment with the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi eventually declaring Ethiopia will only accept the EEBC decision “in principle,” leading to sixteen years state of no war no peace between the two countries and frustrating the international community.
Addis Standard further reports that by accepting the Algiers agreement Ethiopia will have to withdraw its occupying forces from all territories awarded to Eritrea by the EEBC, including the flashpoint town, Badme. Ethiopia also called on Eritrea to reciprocate the decision and work toward bringing a lasting peace between the people of the two countries. Eritrea had accepted EEBC’s decision and refused to submit to any further negotiation without the prior acceptance by Ethiopia of the commission’s decision.