Despite the signs of goodwill,....
Despite the signs of goodwill, critics say not much has changed between the two nations.
The Washington Post
‘The decision to award the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize only to Ethiopia’s Abiy was hardly surprising’, Adam Taylor.
“I didn’t know one could win a peace award without achieving peace!” Selam Kidane, a London-based Eritrean activist wrote on Twitter.
“Why Eritrea did not win a Noble for its peace agreement when Ethiopia did?” This is the question Adam Taylor, who writes about foreign affairs for The Washington Post asked on Friday in connection with the Noble Peace Prize Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was announced as the winner on that day, with the committee that decided the awards singling out Abiy’s efforts to achieve peace with Eritrea.
In this regard, The Washington Post wanted to know the secret for not awarding Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki, Abiy’s partner in the talks.
In relation to this, The Washington Post, mentioned Berit Reiss-Andersen, Noble committee Chair, as said “Peace does not arise from the actions of one party alone,” adding “peace agreement will help to bring about positive change for the entire population of Ethiopia and Eritrea.”
As to The Washington Post, in some years, the Nobel Peace Prize had been awarded to multiple parties for their efforts to end a conflict. The Washington Post mentioned the award of the Noble Peace Prize in 1994 as an example in this subject. As to the newspaper, in 1994, the Prize was awarded to Israel’s Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin as well as Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
As a result, the decision to award the 2019 Noble Peace Prize only to Ethiopia’s Abiy was hardly surprising, The Washington Post accentuated.
With regard to the outcomes of the peace accord between Ethiopia and Eritrea, Adam Taylor indicated that in practice the agreement, except the little visible benefits, remains largely unimplemented.
Border crossings between Ethiopia and Eritrea were opened last year, but Eritrea soon closed the border again, the writer asserted.
The Washington Post also indicated the reality on the ground since the peace accord, recalling what Abiy Ahmed and Isaias Afewerki officially announced in Asmara. Just a month after Abiy’s announcement on July 8, the Ethiopian leader touched down at the airport in Eritrea’s capital Asmara, where he was greeted by Isaias. The leaders embraced and later announced they would reopen embassies, allow direct communications and restore transport links.
“Love is greater than modern weapons like tanks and missiles,” Abiy said. “Love can win hearts, and we have seen a great deal of it today here in Asmara.”
The Washington Post expressed that despite the signs of goodwill, critics say not much has changed between the two nations.
As could be learned from the newspaper, many of Eritrean diasporas voiced disapproval for the Nobel Peace Prize focusing on the agreement with Eritrea when so little had changed in practice,.
In this regard, Adam Taylor mentioned Selam Kidane, a London-based Eritrean activist to have expressed on her Twitter that she did not know one could win a peace award without achieving peace!.
The newspaper added that Vanessa Tsehaye, another Eritrean activist based in London noted that she would say it has brought no positive developments for the Eritrean people because the lived reality is the same for more than a year after the peace deal.”
“Peace is always a good thing, it’s never something that we should be against,” Tsehaye said, “but we need to understand peace beyond its literal meaning of no war.”