Posted in: Monday, September 20, 2021 – 8:20 PM | Last update: Monday, September 20, 2021 – 8:20 PM
It is important to study in depth the fierce Ethiopian attack on sister Tunisia in recent days, in order to understand the reality of Ethiopian intentions, and not to place incorrect hopes, about what the policy of relying on good intentions can do only.
We know that Tunisia is a non-permanent member of the Security Council for two years from the continent of Africa, and by virtue of its membership it submitted a draft presidential statement to the Security Council, to reach an Egyptian-Ethiopian-Sudanese consensus on the issue of the Renaissance Dam.
The statement was submitted after the very important and extremely negative session of the Security Council on this issue on July 8. The differences were severe, and a large number of major countries, especially China and Russia, sided with the Ethiopian point of view.
This is not what is important today, but the statement of the Presidential Security Council was issued last Wednesday evening unanimously, and it came closer to the Ethiopian point of view, as it did not impose on Addis Ababa any binding legal and political obligations. And he did not commit it to international negotiations or even international observers, and most importantly, he said that the Security Council is not the right place to settle water issues and returned the issue to the stadium preferred by Addis Ababa, which is the African Union within which many countries are highly siding with the Ethiopian position.
So any fair observer will discover that the statement pleased Ethiopia much compared to Egypt and Sudan, and therefore the question is: How, after all that, does Ethiopia accuse Tunisia of having committed a “historic humiliation”, and that it sided with the Egyptian position, and tried to influence and harm Ethiopian interests?!
This Ethiopian accusation means one fact, which is that Addis Ababa does not want any country in the world to act except based on what serves its narrow agenda, which is to turn the Nile River into an internal lake of Ethiopia and not an international river that crosses different countries, and is subject to international agreements.
Tunisia responded to the Ethiopian accusations that “the issuance of the statement unanimously means that it was balanced and took into account all the concerns and interests of the three parties.
Tunisia also said in an important statement issued last Thursday evening that: “The presidential statement was issued based on tight coordination and continuous consultation with all concerned countries, and the goal was to encourage all parties to resume negotiations in a constructive manner.”
The main point that we should pay attention to in the recent Ethiopian accusation against Tunisia is that Addis Ababa has been playing the same cunning and malicious game for decades, which is playing on the “myth of Arab intolerance against Africans.” It blackmails the feelings of Africans to suggest that what is happening now in Arab solidarity with their sister Egypt in its just cause regarding its historical share in the Nile waters, is due to the fact that the white Arabs are siding with Egypt, against the black Africans, and that this is a continuation of the abhorrent and unacceptable practices that occurred for decades in the trade The accused slaves where some Arabs and Muslims.
Ethiopia used the same dialect, language and style months ago, when the meeting of Arab foreign ministers devoted a session on the sidelines of their meeting in Doha last June, to support the Egyptian-Sudanese position on the issue of the Renaissance Dam. On that day, Ethiopia launched a severe diplomatic and media attack against the Arab League, which responded at the time that it supports fair positions and is keen on Arab-African relations.
Egypt, Sudan and the Arab League should pay attention to this cunning Ethiopian way, and I know that Algeria made an effort in this matter when its veteran foreign minister, Ramadan Lamamra, toured Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, a few weeks ago, in an attempt to convince Ethiopia that there is no Arab bloc against it.
Unfortunately, Ethiopia will continue the same policy, and the most dangerous thing is that this position and the attack on Tunisia reveals to us the expected Ethiopian behavior in the coming period, and that it wages systematic wars against any country that tries to take any position, even if it is neutral or fair, on the issue of the Renaissance Dam.