Eritrean People`s Democratic Party
The Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) has followed the announcement of the Ethiopian government on June 5, 2018 expressing its acceptance the decision by the Hague Court on April 13, 2002, relating to the Eritrean-Ethiopian border dispute, in which Badime has become a part of the Eritrean sovereignty.
We in the Eritrean People’s Democratic Party esteem the acceptance of the Hague decision by the Ethiopian Government as a major turning point in the history of the Eritrean and Ethiopian brotherly relations. This decision will inevitably lead to the alleviation of the suffering of the two countries, especially our Eritrean people, who have suffered greatly of the state of no-war-no-peace that lasted almost for two decades. Demarcating the border and withdrawal of Ethiopia from our occupied territories will leave the tyrannical regime in Asmara without any pretexts to mobilizing Eritreans, especially, young people to serve in as soldiers.
The Badime and other Eritrean territories occupied by Ethiopia have always been at top priority of the issues raised by the Party with the Ethiopian officials in different times. As many Eritreans and their friends remember, on the 30th of November 2010, the Party presented a written memorandum to the Ethiopian Prime Minister, the late Meles Zenawi calling, among other things, for the Ethiopian leadership to withdraw from those lands and return Badime to Eritrea.
We in the EPDP look forward to seeing the Ethiopian side and in line with the Hague decision to move from the public relations stage to taking concrete steps that will practically confirm its implementation. We believe that the real implementation of Hague Decision can be visible when the world witnesses the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from Badime as well as from the other Eritrean territories occupied by Ethiopia and working to create conducive conditions to end the existing state of tension.
On this occasion we, EPDP leadership and its members throughout the world, would like convey our congratulations to both the Eritrean and the Ethiopian peoples for this important development in the relations between the two countries.
Chairman of Eritrean Democratic Party
The 7th of June, 2018