Ethiopia says it is vindicated after an
international commission ordered neighboring Eritrea to pay about $10 million
as compensation for the destruction in both countries during a two-year war.
The Hague-based commission awarded Eritrea about 161 million dollars, while
Ethiopia received 174 million dollars.
Eritrea accepted the ruling, but
Ethiopia complained, describing the amount as too small.
The awards, announced Tuesday, concluded a complex
arbitration that was part of the 2000 peace agreement closing out a border
conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea that left tens of thousands dead.
Ethiopia's communications minister Bereket Simon told VOA that his government is pleased the commission blamed Eritrea for instigating the war.
again this is a vindication of Ethiopia because the commission in their
previous ruling had obviously ruled that Eritrea has been the one who had
caused the war and caused harm to Ethiopia,"Simon said.
said Eritrea was ordered to pay the money after the commission faulted Asamara
for being the aggressor.
has to pay certain amount of money because of the damage that it had inflicted
upon Ethiopia," he said.
Simon reiterated that Addis Ababa is not pleased with the amount of money Eritrea was ordered to pay.
"Ethiopia believes the fines against
Eritrea were lesser than what we expected. Nevertheless, this is another
vindication of Ethiopia's position," Simons aid.
said Eritrea embraced the ruling because it started the war.
course Eritrea must be happy because this cannot be equivalent to what it has
brought in terms of damage to (Ethiopia)," he said.
accused Asamara of warmongering.
is ruled by a government, which is trigger-happy. I think this ruling is much
lesser than what it should have been under normal conditions," Simon said.
had sought more than $14 billion for damages, but the commission rejected the
Simon said the damage caused
by Eritrea is real for all to see.
"It is true that Ethiopia
has claimed a lot of damage and this was not a (manufactured) figure, it is a
real damage Eritrea has inflicted on us," Simon said.
The war between Eritrea and
Ethiopia took place from May 1998 to June 2000. Both countries spent
hundreds of millions of dollars and suffered tens of thousands of casualties as
a direct consequence of the conflict, which resulted in minor border changes.
But a Hague-based
international commission ruled that Eritrea broke international law by invading
Ethiopia and subsequently the war.