The parties agree that the delimitation and demarcation determinations of the Commission shall be final and binding. Each party shall respect the border so determined, as well as territorial integrity and sovereignty of the other party.
This should have been the end of the matter, but Ethiopia called for further talks before implementation: a position the Eritrean government refused to accept.
Now this obstacle appears to have been removed.
But this move has been long delayed and Asmara is probably right to wait until it is formally informed by the Ethiopian government and sees the small print.
If the Ethiopian offer is genuine, and has no strings attached, then the United Nations is required to intervene.
The Algiers agreement said this:
Recognizing that the results of the delimitation and demarcation process are not yet known, the parties request the United Nations to facilitate resolution of problems which may arise due to the transfer of territorial control, including the consequences for individuals residing in previously disputed territory.
The UN should seize this opportunity by sending a high level delegation to both Addis Ababa and Asmara to immediately iron out any difficulties; to “facilitate” the resolution of any problems that may arise, as required by the Algiers agreement.
Only one response would be a catastrophic mistake: for Eritrea to do nothing.
President Isaias has allowed previous diplomatic opportunities to slip between his fingers. This must not happen again.
Caution is one thing. Prevarication is quite another.