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By Mengistu Woube
The Horn of Africa, which includes Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and Djibouti, is the primordial home of homo sapiens and an early outpost of human civilisation as recent archaeological finds confirm. The Horn is a region of great geographical diversity, rich in natural resources and inhabited by different ethnic groups who are engaged in different economic activities.
Ninety-eight Ethiopian civilians have been repatriated from Eritrea to Ethiopia last week under the auspices of the International committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). According to the ICRC, they crossed the border between the towns of Rama (Ethiopia) and Adi Quala (Eritrea). On the same day, in a different ICRC operation, three Eritrean civilians coming from Ethiopia arrived by air in Asmara where they were reunited with their families.
U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. on Monday announced a donation of 170,000 birr during a meeting with UNHCR and WFP representatives at Selam Technical Institute. The donation will benefit Selam Technical Institute, a local Ethiopian NGO, which will produce manual grinding mills for distribution in Sudanese and Eritrean Kunama refugee camps in western and northern Ethiopia. The Ambassador announced the donation as part of World Refugee Day's celebration of women refugees, a press release from the U.S Embassy said.
TPLF Central Committee Member Says Government Should Ask for Clarifications On the Border Ruling
Experts are to finalize aerial photographing of the new border between Ethiopia and Eritrea drawn by the International Tribunal at The Hague, which announced its decision on April 13, 2002. The experts, assisted by a special aircraft, started the work on April 20, 2002 and weather permitting, could complete the photographing in the next few days.
The United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) announced last week that it has received complete information on mines from Ethiopia. The mines were laid during the two-year war with Eritrea.
"UNMEE has received the final information from the Ethiopian authorities concerning minefields in the TSZ [Temporary Security Zone]. The information is as requested and is comprehensive, detailed and suitable to facilitate safe and efficient mine clearance operations on those minefields.
The Branch Office in Ethiopia of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR-BOE) announced Yesterday that a core contribution of 125 million US Dollars made by the United States Government to UNHCR for its 2002 annual programme.
Of this amount, USD 4million equivalent to ETB 34,232,000 is earmarked for country programmes in Ethiopia for the year 2002.
"The US Government and UNHCR agreed on the vital importance of addressing the physical security needs of refugees, in addition to their legal protection needs, by promoting further, refugee protection - the core …
The Norwegian Foreign Minister, Mr. Jan Petersen, is visiting Ethiopia and Eritrea to discuss with leaders of the two countries the peace process and issues related to the Border Commission. The Minister held talks with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on Tuesday (February 19, 2002). He will proceed to Asmara for further talks on the peace process, according to the Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa.
"The purpose of my visit is to confirm to the governments and the peoples of Ethiopia and Eritrea Norway's commitment to support the peace process in this crucial moment, Mr.
U.S Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy Jr. this week presented a U.S government donation of demining equipment to officials of the Ethiopian Mine Action Office at the Holeta demining training camp. The equipment will be used by members of the Ethiopian military trained as deminers, according to a press release issued by the embassy.
Ambassador Nagy, accompanied by visiting U.S State Department official, Ms.
Italy will disburse a contribution of euro 206,500 (1.57 million birr) to the Trust Fund created by the United Nations to support the activities of delimitation and demarcation of the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea envisaged by the Treaty of Algiers of December 12th 2000, the Italian Embassy in Addis Ababa said.
For such activities, the Italian Government has already disbursed the equivalent of 1.62 million birr in the year 1999 and 4.35 million birr in the year 2000.
Since the beginning of the war, the Embassy said, Italy has played an active role in the peace negotiations and …
Addis Ababa (Addis Tribune, November 17, 2000) - The mediators involved in the peace talks between Ethiopia and Eritrea insist that it was just another snag in the long quest for peace, but the recent proxy talks in the Algerian capital had all the signs of a failed peace talks.
Immediately after the announcement on Oct.
By Our Staff Reporter
In less than two weeks, Ethiopia has liberated most of the lands temporarily occupied by Eritrea. The objectives related to the liberation of the territory is yet to be achieved. However, this should not prevent us from pursuing the peace process as we had been doing in the past. Ethiopia and Eritrea need a just, honorable and lasting peace.
Opportunity is here and now for both countries for healing all the wounds of the past two years and for creating a better future for Ethiopians as well as Eritreans.
By Our Staff Reporter
Since the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea re-started a week ago, a number of things have changed regarding the Ethiopian and Eritrean conflict. Ethiopia and Eritrea have become headline news. The UN Security Council has imposed sanctions against Ethiopia and Eritrea. Most important of all, Ethiopia has captured important posts in Eritrea - Das and Barentu.
Eritreans got the unexpected
The Eritreans were caught by surprise on Friday when the Ethiopian army moved against them.
By Our Staff Reporter
May 13, 2000 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -- Latest information available indicates that fighting which began on Friday morning continued throughout the day and Ethiopia claimed "...the Eritrean side suffered heavy losses and the Ethiopian forces captured Eritrean troops and military hardware."
According to Ethiopia's Government Spokesperson, the fighting was intensified in the vicinity of the Mereb River where ground forces were involved and supported by heavy artillery.