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Eritrea affirms commitment to peace agree-
ment 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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EARLIER REPORTS:

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’s ruling party says committed to implemen-
ting 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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