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11 Sep 2018 description
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September 11, 2018 8:41 AM
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The rapidly warming ties between Eritrea and Ethiopia took another step forward Tuesday when the once-bitter rivals reopened their shared border afer two decades.

Yemane Meskel, Eritrea's information minister, announced the historic event on Twitter "President Isaias Afwerki & Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed today officially opened the Debay Sima - Burre border point between the two countries for road transport connectivity," Meskel wrote, referring to the Eritrean president and Ethiopian prime minister respectively.

11 Jul 2018 description
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WASHINGTON — With breakneck speed, Ethiopia and Eritrea have resolved the decades-long conflict that had come to define the East African nations’ tumultuous 25-year relationship.

At the State Palace in Eritrea, President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed signed a declaration of peace Monday, formally ending the state of war between their countries and setting the stage for a new era of harmonious relations.

09 Jul 2018 description
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The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have signed an agreement that formally ends one of one of Africa’s longest, most intractable conflicts.

Photos of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki signing the historic agreement in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, were posted on Twitter Monday by Yemane Meskel, Eritrea's minister of information.

Meskel wrote that the "state of war that existed between the two countries has come to an end. A new era of peace & friendship has been ushered."

28 Jun 2018 description
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ADDIS ABABA / WASHINGTON — Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has welcomed a high-level Eritrean delegation to the capital, Addis Ababa, the latest sign that one of Africa’s most intractable conflicts may soon end.

Peace between the countries could be transformational, especially for Eritrea, where the population has suffered considerably in the years since a bloody border war with Ethiopia.

But experts on the region warn a quick resolution to years of antagonism isn’t a foregone conclusion.

Border issue

02 Dec 2017 description
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December 01, 2017 9:49 AM
Eskender Frew

The government of Ethiopia says it will close all 27 refugee camps in its territory over the next 10 years and integrate residents into local communities.

"There will be a gradual transition from a camp-based protection model to supporting refugees directly within host communities,” Zeynu Jemal, deputy director of the Administration for Refugees and Returnees Affairs (ARRA), told VOA's Horn of Africa Service.

17 Aug 2011 description
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Peter Clottey

An official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says regional leaders have agreed to make financial contributions towards combating the drought and famine in East Africa.

Sonny Ugoh, communications director of the sub-regional body, says ECOWAS has expressed concern about the food shortage crisis and will continue to help provide assistance to those affected.

04 Aug 2011 description
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Peter Heinlein | Addis Ababa

The head of the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) in Ethiopia says the country's emergency food stocks are almost completely exhausted, with drought conditions expected to worsen before they improve. There are also growing concerns about food shortages in Ethiopia's reclusive neighbor, Eritrea.

13 Jul 2011 description
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Mariama Diallo | Washington

The Horn of Africa is facing its worst drought in decades and aid agencies are appealing to the international community for immediate help to save hundreds of thousands of people at risk of starvation. Relief experts also say long-term solutions are needed to address underlying problems with African agriculture.

28 Dec 2009 description
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Countries in the Horn of Africa were very much in the news in 2009. For example, the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Somalia, an arms embargo against Eritrea and a recent court case in Ethiopia resulting in death sentences for five people.

David Shinn, former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia, is following developments in the Horn. Shinn is an adjunct professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Somalia

"Many of us thought that 2009 would be a decisive year for Somalia politically.

13 Oct 2008 description
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Peacekeeping units from Jordan, Kenya and other countries began leaving Ethiopia in August. The state-run Ethiopian News Agency Monday said the last batch of peacekeepers, a battalion from India, left the city of Mekele on Sunday.

There was no immediate confirmation from the U.N.

The U.N. Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea watched the tense border between the two countries for seven and a half years. The Security Council shut down the mission in July, saying the countries had rejected options for a continued presence.

The U.N.

21 May 2008 description
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By Lisa Schlein

Geneva - The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, warns extreme poverty, climate change and civil strife are generating more refugees around the world. He says the growing number of refugees and migrants is leading to more intolerance and xenophobia. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from UNHCR headquarters in Geneva.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, says refugee numbers were going down until 2005.

10 Dec 2007 description
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By Nick Wadhams

An Eritrean human rights group is accusing the governments of Sudan and Eritrea of working together to round up and deport Eritreans who have sought refuge from Eritrea's authoritarian government. Nick Wadhams has the story from Nairobi.

The Netherlands-based Eritrean Research and Documentation Center says Eritrean security forces are illegally monitoring Eritrean refugees, many of whom it says defected from the Eritrean Air Defense forces.

In a letter to the U.N.

01 Nov 2007 description
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By Peter Heinlein

The flow of Eritrean refugees pouring into Ethiopia has peaked recently, as the Horn of Africa rivals prepare for what could be their second war in a decade. Last month, as border tensions escalated, 700 new arrivals were registered at the Shimelba Camp, about 25 kilometers inside Ethiopia. Among the camp's inmates is VOA Tigrignia Service reporter Aklilu Solomon, who fled Eritrea last December after being imprisoned for a year and a half.

26 Oct 2007 description
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By Alisha Ryu

In a report to the U.N. secretary-general this week, an international boundary commission trying to create a permanent border between Ethiopia and Eritrea in the Horn of Africa said that the body will likely dissolve at the end of next month without reaching a comprehensive agreement. As VOA correspondent Alisha Ryu reports from our East Africa bureau in Nairobi, the apparent failure to settle the issue diplomatically has heightened fears that Ethiopia and Eritrea could now try to end the stalemate once and for all through war.

With its U.N.

25 Oct 2007 description
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By Peter Heinlein

Ethiopia and Eritrea are blaming each other as a commission set up to adjudicate their border dispute prepares to finish its work without finding a mutually acceptable settlement. VOA's Peter Heinlein reports the commission's closing raises the prospect of an uncertain future and rising tensions along the disputed frontier.

The Ethiopia-Eritrea Boundary Commission has sent a final report to the United Nations, regretting that it could not take its work through 'to its full conclusion' during seven years of existence.

11 Sep 2007 description
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By Howard Lesser

Ethiopia and Eritrea are again trading accusations over a failure to settle their nine-year-old border dispute. Last week at the Hague, the commission adjudicating the disagreement said it intends to finalize coordinates of the borders by November if the sides remain deadlocked. Reporter Peter Heinlein in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa attended a news briefing yesterday with Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin in which the foreign ministry said it would not accept a boundary drawn up by the border commission.

28 Apr 2006 description
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By Joe De Capua

28 Feb 2006 description
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28 February 2006 - Eritrea has rejected a suggestion that fresh talks be held to resolve its border dispute with Ethiopia.

12 May 2000 description
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INTRO: Heavy fighting has spread along the Ethiopian - Eritrean Border. The latest outbreak of hostilities in the horn of Africa, erupted just days after a U-N Security Council delegation failed to bring the two sides back to the negotiating table. Carol Pineau reports from Eritrean capital of Asmara.

TEXT: Ethiopian troops attacked soon after midnight along the left and right flanks of the highly contested Badame front.