ETHIOPIA CALLS FOR START OF NEW CHAPTER IN TIES WITH LONGTIME RIVAL ERITREA

ADDIS ABABA– Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has called for the start of a new chapter of ties with longtime bitter rival Eritrea, irs eastern neighbour.

The Ministry said in a media statement here Wednesday that considered Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki’s decision to accept Ethiopia’s peace offer as a “positive step” and applauded his decision to send an Eritrean delegation to Ethiopia for peace talks.

The statement came hours after the Eritrean president announced on Eritrean state TV that his government is sending a delegation to Ethiopia to end a bitter two-decade border dispute.

Afwerki broke two weeks of silence to Ethiopia’s offer to unconditionally implement the decisions of a peace agreement which ended a two-year border war from 1998-2000, which is estimated to have killed 70,000 people from both sides.

On June 5, the Executive Committee of Ethiopia’s ruling coalition EPRDF said it was committed to an unconditional implementation of the December 2000 Algiers peace agreement with Eritrea. The peace agreement ended the two-year border war, but a tense armed standoff continued, with the two countries engaging in skirmishes occasionally.

Ethiopia until this month 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 had insisted the border demarcation has to be done first before any talks on normalizing ties.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

ETHIOPIA CALLS FOR START OF NEW CHAPTER IN TIES WITH LONGTIME RIVAL ERITREA

ADDIS ABABA– Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has called for the start of a new chapter of ties with longtime bitter rival Eritrea, irs eastern neighbour.

The Ministry said in a media statement here Wednesday that considered Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki’s decision to accept Ethiopia’s peace offer as a “positive step” and applauded his decision to send an Eritrean delegation to Ethiopia for peace talks.

The statement came hours after the Eritrean president announced on Eritrean state TV that his government is sending a delegation to Ethiopia to end a bitter two-decade border dispute.

Afwerki broke two weeks of silence to Ethiopia’s offer to unconditionally implement the decisions of a peace agreement which ended a two-year border war from 1998-2000, which is estimated to have killed 70,000 people from both sides.

On June 5, the Executive Committee of Ethiopia’s ruling coalition EPRDF said it was committed to an unconditional implementation of the December 2000 Algiers peace agreement with Eritrea. The peace agreement ended the two-year border war, but a tense armed standoff continued, with the two countries engaging in skirmishes occasionally.

Ethiopia until this month 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 had insisted the border demarcation has to be done first before any talks on normalizing ties.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK