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14 Dec 1998 description

KHARTOUM, Dec 14 (Reuters) - An Ethiopian minister said on Monday he could see no early settlement of his country's border dispute with Eritrea, due to be discussed at an African summit conference this week.

"I am not optimistic because Eritrea believes force is the panacea for everything and I don't think it will accept the peace proposals of the OAU," Ethiopian Deputy Foreign Minister Tekeda Alemu told a news conference in Khartoum.

Selected heads of state of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) are due to meet on Thursday and Friday in Burkina Faso to seek …

04 Dec 1998 description

ADDIS ABABA, Dec 4 (Reuters) - U.S. envoy Anthony Lake arrived in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Friday to continue his attempts to resolve a seven-month border dispute Ethiopia and Eritrea.

This visit is the third to the Horn of Africa by the former National Security Adviser in recent months.

Lake will hold talks with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin before leaving for the Eritrean capital Asmara on Sunday to meet top government officials there.

None of the parties have released details of the mediation effort, but it is believed to be based on …

02 Nov 1998 description

ADDIS ABABA, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Monday that the number of its nationals deported from Eritrea since a border dispute between the two countries erupted in May had reached 30,246.

A committee established to care for the deportees said a further 188,690 people had been displaced in the north of Ethiopia as a result of the conflict.

Eritrea denies expelling Ethiopians, saying they have chosen to leave because they have lost their jobs following an economic downturn since the conflict began.

Eritrea in turn accuses Ethiopia of expelling more than 30,000 of its …

09 Oct 1998 description

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 9 (Reuters) - U.S. envoy Anthony Lake left the Horn of Africa for Washington on Friday after two days of shuttle diplomacy aimed at ending a border dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea, government officials said.

Lake -- a former U.S.

24 Sep 1998 description

By Alexander Last

ZALAMBESSA, Eritrea/Ethiopia border, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Life goes on in the town on the disputed border between Ethiopia and Eritrea - despite the crackle of Kalashnikov rifles on a nearby firing range and the distant boom of artillery.

Belts, laces and polish are displayed in stores alongside biscuits vegetables and spices.

12 Jan 1998 description

ASMARA, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The Eritrean government said on Tuesday it had received intelligence reports that Ethiopia was planning to launch fresh attacks in their border dispute, and called for a ban on all hostilities.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Western intelligence sources and others had reported that the Ethiopian government would launch attacks against Eritrea between mid-January and mid-February from three directions.

"The government of Eritrea has never -- and does not -- consider war as an option," the Foreign Ministry said.