Ambassador Tekeda Alemu’s comments, arguing that former Ambassador Herman J. Cohen’s piece is mistaken, aims to diminish the possibility of normalization. Although normalization of relations is in the long-term benefit of both Eritrea and Ethiopia, the short term gain to Ethiopia drives current policy. Amb. Tekeda, in arguing that Eritrea is the intransigent actor, makes assertions meant to diminish the credibility of former Amb. Cohen’s piece.