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Ethiopia calls for opening of “new chapter” with longtime rival Eritrea

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Wednesday called for opening of “new chapter” with longtime bitter rival Eritrea.

In a press statement, MoFA said it considers Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki’s decision to accept Ethiopia’s peace offer as a “positive step” and applauds his plans to send an Eritrean delegation to Ethiopia for peace talks.

The statement comes hours after the Eritrean president announced on Eritrean state TV that his government is sending a delegation to Ethiopia to end a bitter two decades old border dispute.

Afwerki broke two weeks of Eritrean silence to Ethiopia’s offer to unconditionally implement the decisions of peace agreement that ended a two-year border war from 1998-2000, which is estimated to have killed 70,000 people from both sides.

On June 5, the Executive Committee of the ruling coalition EPRDF said it is committed to an unconditional implementation of the December 2000 Algiers peace agreement with Eritrea.

The peace agreement ended the two-year border war, but a tense armed standoff continued, with the two countries engaging in skirmishes occasionally.

Ethiopia until this month had declined to endorse the results of the peace agreement fully, including the symbolically important town of Badme which Ethiopia currently controls but which was awarded to Eritrea.

Eritrea for its part has insisted the border demarcation has to be done first before any talks on normalizing ties.

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African Union welcome recent positive developments in Ethio-Eritrea relations

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat has welcomed the recent positive developments in the relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea, according to an AU statement on Thursday.

The two neighboring East African countries fought a border war from 1998 to 2000 before signing a peace accord, dubbed the Algiers agreement, in December 2000.

On June 5, the Executive Committee of the ruling party, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) passed decision expressing Ethiopia’s commitment to an unconditional implementation of the December 2000 Algiers peace agreement with Eritrea.

The chairperson of the AU Commission has noted the announcement made by Ethiopia on June 5, expressing its commitment to the full implementation of the Algiers peace agreement of 12 December 2000, as well as the decision of President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea, on June 20, to dispatch a delegation to Addis Ababa for constructive engagement with Ethiopia, which was welcomed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Mahamat has commended Ethiopia and Eritrea and their leaders, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Isaias Afwerki, respectively, for these bold and courageous steps, said the statement.

He has encouraged them to persevere on this path, in order to open a new chapter of cooperation and good neighborliness between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

He has also stressed that sustainable peace between the two countries would have a tremendously positive impact on peace and security, as well as development and integration, in the Horn of Africa region and the continent as a whole.

“This will also be a significant contribution to the goal of ending all conflicts and wars on the continent by 2020, as pledged by the African Heads of State and Government in May 2013,” said the chairperson.

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United Nations chief welcomes positive steps
towards peace between Eritrea, Ethiopia

UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday expressed his readiness to support Eritrea and Ethiopia following recent peace overtures between the two neighboring states in the Horn of Africa.

In a statement released by his spokesperson, the UN chief welcomed the “positive steps” taken to resolve outstanding issues regarding the normalization of relations between the two countries.

The UN chief also commended efforts by their leaders “to achieve sustainable peace and good-neighbourly relations which, in turn, will have positive repercussions in the entire Horn of Africa region.”

Guterres underlined his readiness to provide “all support that may contribute to advancing and consolidating” engagement between the two countries, the statement said.

Ethiopia this month announced its readiness to accept and implement a 2002 border agreement that ended two years of bloody conflict, in which thousands died. Without a deal, skirmishes continued at the border, with Eritrea reportedly remaining on a war-footing.

In a speech delivered this week, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki announced plans to send a delegation to Addis Ababa “to gauge current developments directly and in depth, as well as to chart out a plan for continuous future action,” according to media reports.

Tens of thousands of people were killed in the two years of war between Ethiopia and Eritrea, which began in 1998 over a border dispute.

The UN deployed a peacekeeping mission to the region, UNMEE, whose mandate included monitoring the cessation of hostilities, providing mine action assistance and coordinating humanitarian and human rights activities.

The operation was established in 2000 and was terminated by the Security Council eight years later following “obstructions” by Eritrea that undermined the mission’s mandate. 

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Eritrea affirms commitment to peace agreement in border dispute with Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Eritrean Minister of Information Yemane Gebremeskel said on Thursday his country maintains its position for the unconditional implementation of a peace agreement with Ethiopia to end a border dispute.

In a twitter post, Gebremeskel said Eritrea has for the last 16 years unconditionally accepted the results of the Algiers December 2000 peace agreement.

On Tuesday, The Executive Committee of the Ethiopian People Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), Ethiopia’s ruling party, said it is committed to unconditional implementation of Algiers peace agreement with Eritrea.

The peace agreement ended a two-year border war that killed an estimated 70,000 people from both sides, but a tense armed standoff continued, with the two countries engaging in skirmishes occasionally.

Ethiopia until now had declined to endorse the results of the peace agreement fully, including the symbolically important town of Badme which Ethiopia currently controls but which was awarded to Eritrea.     Eritrea for its part has insisted the border demarcation has to be done first before any talks on normalizing ties.

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Ethiopia eyes improved ties with Eritrea after border concession: PM

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia hopes for improved ties with bitter rival Eritrea after it made concession on a contested common border, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Wednesday.

Ahmed said to ensure peace in the Horn of Africa region, his government is making moves to mend ties with Eritrea, reported state media Radio Fana.

Ahmed further said he hopes Ethiopia’s latest gesture will eventually resolve more than a decade of tension and hostility with Eritrea and allow his government to fully turn its attention to realizing Ethiopia’s renaissance.

On Tuesday, Ethiopia’s ruling party said it was committed to an unconditional implementation of December 2000 Algiers peace agreement with Eritrea.

The agreement ended a two-year border war that killed an estimated 70,000 people from both sides, but a tense armed standoff continued, with the two countries engaging in skirmishes occasionally.

Ethiopia until now had declined to endorse the results of the peace agreement fully, including giving the symbolically important town of Badme, which Ethiopia still controls, to Eritrea.

Eritrea for its part has insisted the border demarcation has to be done first before any talks on normalizing ties.

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Ethiopia ruling party says committed to implement-
ing peace agreement with Eritrea

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The Executive Committee of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), Ethiopia’s ruling party, announced on Tuesday it is committed to an unconditional implementation of peace agreement with arch rival Eritrea.

In a press statement, the EPRDF Executive Committee said Ethiopia is committed to the unconditional implementation of the December 2001 Algiers agreement, which gave the symbolically important town of Badme to Eritrea.

A border dispute between Ethiopia and its northern neighbor Eritrea led to a bloody two-year border war between 1998 and 2000, which killed an estimated 70,000 people from both sides.

Since then, the two countries are engaged in a state of armed standoff along their common border punctuated occasionally by sporadic small-scale clashes.

Ethiopia has until now insisted on the need for negotiations with Eritrea to come first before implementing the Algiers peace agreement.

Eritrea for its part has insisted the border demarcation has to be done first before any talks on normalizing ties.

             

 

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