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24 Sep 2003 description

Nairobi/Brussels, 24 September 2003: The next few weeks will go far to determining whether Ethiopia and Eritrea resume a course toward war -- which took some 100,000 lives between 1998 and 2000 -- or solidify their peace agreement. Ethiopia must decide whether to allow demarcation of the border to begin in October 2003, even though the international Boundary Commission, set up under the Algiers agreement to end the fighting, has ruled that the town of Badme, the original flashpoint of the war, is on the Eritrean side.