LUSAKA, (Xinhua) --
Africa’s largest trading bloc on Wednesday
welcomed an end to border hostilities between Ethiopia and
Eritrea, saying it was a harbinger to cementing regional peace.
On Sunday, Ethiopian
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki
signed an agreement ending years of hostilities between the two
outgoing secretary-general of the Common Market for Eastern and
Southern Africa (COMESA), said the decision taken by the
Ethiopian prime minister to unconditionally accept the ruling by
a boundary commission deserves commendation and that the
Eritrean president also needed to be applauded for the
reciprocal stance taken.
developments are a harbinger of peace in the Horn of Africa and
the COMESA region and indeed the entire continent,” he said in
remarks delivered at the start of the 20th COMESA
Heads of Government Summit in Lusaka, the Zambian capital.
He said it was
gratifying that the hostilities which have defied external
mediation over the years have been resolved, adding that this
gives hope that the African Union (AU) decision of silencing the
guns by 2020 was within reach.
hostilities involving border disputes left 70,000 people dead
from both sides. Although the war between the two countries was
ended by a December 2000 Algiers peace agreement, it left the
two countries in a state of bitter armed standoff.
Meanwhile, the regional bloc also welcomed the developments in
South Sudan where there has been an agreement that Riek Machar
should resume as vice-president of that country after mediation
talks led by Sudan.