BREAKING: Ethiopia ‘accepts peace deal’ to end Eritrea border war Ethiopia says it will fully accept the outcome of a border commission, ending a dispute with Eritrea that sparked Africa’s deadliest border war in 1998.
The ruling EPRDF coalition says the decision was taken in an effort to make peace with neighbouring Eritrea.
Tens of thousands of people were killed in two years of fighting.
The two sides have remained on a war footing as Ethiopia refused to accept the ruling of the border commission set up as part of a peace deal in 2000.
The commission said that some disputed areas, including the border town of Badme, were in Eritrea.
As a result, Ethiopia refused to withdrawn its troops out of the disputed areas. This led Eritrea to accuse Ethiopia of forcefully occupying its territory.
Eritrea has refused to hold any talks with Ethiopia until it agrees unconditionally to the border commission’s findings. Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed promised to make peace with the country’s northern neighbour after taking power earlier this year.
BBC World Service Africa editor Will Ross says if Ethiopia does now remove soldiers from the disputed land it would show it is serious about seeking peace.
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Ethiopia Country in East Africa Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’s a place of ancient culture. Among its important sites are Lalibela with its rock-cut Christian churches from the 12th–13th centuries. Aksum is the ruins of an ancient city with obelisks, tombs, castles and Our Lady Mary of Zion church.
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Ethiopia – Wikipedia Ethiopia officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It shares borders with Eritrea to the north and northeast, Djibouti and Somalia to the east, Sudan and South Sudan to the west, and Kenya to the south. With over 102 million inhabitants, Ethiopia is the most populous landlocked country in the world and the second-most populous nation on the African continent.
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