Ethiopia: to 'fully accept, implement' 2000 deal with Eritrea

Ethiopia will “fully accept and implement” a peace agreement with Eritrea that was signed in 2000, its ruling coalition announced on Tuesday.

The Horn of Africa neighbors has remained at odds since a 1998-2000 war over a disputed town that a boundary commission subsequently handed to Asmara but which Addis Ababa rejected.

Asmara has long felt betrayed by world powers, who they say failed to force Ethiopia, now with a population of 97 million, to abide by the boundary arbitration ruling. Ethiopia long said it wanted talks on implementation, which Asmara refused.

(Cover: November 7, 2008: A village in the northeastern Ethiopian region of Irob Woreda at the foothill of the Ethiopia-Eritrea border. /AFP Photo)

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