COLONIAL TREATIES IN THE CONTEXT OF THE CURRENT ETHIO-ERITREAN BORDER DISPUTE AND SETTLEMENT [Dr Haile Mariam Larebo]

 

Haile Mariam Larebo, Ph.D.
The sudden decision by the Ethiopia’s regime to accept, after years of refusal, and to implement the outcome of the Algiers Treaty as arbitrated by the Hague Court without any preconditions,has inflamed the nation, sparking demonstration, and even violence, by those directly affected by the ruling party’s abrupt action. The Hague Court’s ruling has been declared “null and void” by many, not only well-meaning and patriotic Ethiopians but also, and most significantly, by respectable scholarly community, versed in colonial history. This article, which is a reproduction of a paper originally presented to the Fourteenth International Conference of Ethiopian Studies,held in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa1 , looks from historical perspective at the colonial treaties and the charters of the Organization of the African Unity, twin elements underpinning the Hague’s court ruling.

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