Eritrea delegation to visit Ethiopia for talks
Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki has announced a deligation from the Horn of Africa nation will be sent to Addis Ababa to “gauge current developments” after recent efforts from Ethiopia to establish peace between the two countries.
Earlier this month, Ethiopia’s new prime minister Abiy Ahmed pledged to adhere to a border ruling that his country has ignored for 16 years, ceding disputed territory back to Eritrea. Now, Eritrea appears to be cautiously accepting Ethiopia’s peace efforts, which could result in the end of Africa’s longest-running conflict.
Eritrea delegation to visit Addis Ababa
“We will send a delegation to [Addis Ababa] to gauge current developments directly and in depth as well as to chart out a plan for continuous future action,” Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki said during a speech on Wednesday.
“The events and developments that have unfolded in our region in general and in Ethiopia in particular in the recent period warrant appropriate attention.”
Armed conflict between the two countries officially ended in 2000 when both parties signed a peace agreement. However, Ethiopia has ignored a UN-backed border ruling from 2002 that acts as part of the peace agreement, stating that the disputed town of Badme belongs to Eritrea.
Ethiopian troops have remained in the town ever since but now Abu Ahmed’s government is saying it will accept the border ruling and work towards fully implementing the peace deal signed in 2000.
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