Ethiopian Premier in Asmara after long Eritrea-Ethiopian War since 1961-2018, could this brings a “Lasting Peace and Justice for Eritrea & Ethiopia”?
New Ethiopian Premier Abiy arrived in Asmara on an Ethiopian Airlines plane to neighbouring Eritrea after 20 years of conflict that took the lives of over 100,000.
There was not a strategical rivalry between the two movements that took power in 1991 in Asmara and Addis Ababa, EPLF/Eritrean and TPLF/Tigrean consecutively, rather a tactical difference. Since the latter is organized and armed by the former. And fought hand in hand against Ethiopia for 17 years.
Both people need hope to have a lasting social peace by giving a lasting social Justice.
A meeting between Isaias and Abiy, whose nations have been at odds since a 1998-2000 border war, will cap landmark talks that began last month between officials from both countries. Eritrea seceded from Ethiopia in 1993 after decades of proxy and protracted conflict. A “rapprochement” between leaders began after Abiy became premier in April and the ruling party’s politburo pledged to implement a long-delayed peace deal.
Now is a time to let the dead finally to rest in peace, by compensating the victims and bring the responsible to justice, thus giving a true peace a chance. Ethiopia and Eritrea need their own Nuremberg to close this sad chapter of their mutual history once for all. A peace without justice is fragile and not yet lucid to grasp. It is a house built in a sinking sand. Problems must be solved from their roots. At last, late is better than never. We hope this will be a beginning of a new chapter. ( Prof. M.T)