Eritrea affirms commitment to peace agreement with Ethiopia

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Eritrea has reaffirmed its commitment to the unconditional implementation of a peace agreement with Ethiopia to end a border dispute.

The Country’s Minister of Information Yemane 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, Ethiopia’s ruling party, said it is committed to the 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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