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17 Dec 1998 description

Following favourable rains during the main growing season and optimum conditions for harvest, a joint FAO-WFP assessment of crop production predicts a bumper harvest, substantially higher than last year's main season harvest and close to the 1996 record;

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 …

07 Dec 1998 description

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (PANA) - United States presidential envoy Anthony Lake left here Sunday for Asmara to continue his third attempt within two months to broker peace in the seven-month old border dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

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 Dec 1998 description

WASHINGTON -- Former National Security Adviser Anthony Lake will return to the Horn of Africa this week "as planned, to continue U.S. efforts to help find a peaceful solution to the dispute between Eritrea and Ethiopia," State Department Spokesman James Rubin announced December 2.

Following is the State Department text of Rubin's announcement:


Office of the Spokesman

18 Nov 1998 description

(11/18 statement by State Department spokesman) (240)

WASHINGTON -- Former White House National Security Adviser Anthony Lake has just returned from a second mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea and plans to "visit the region again soon" to help seek a "peaceful resolution" of their border dispute, State Department Spokesman James Rubin said November 18.

Following is the text of a statement by Rubin, released by the department:

U.S. Department of State

16 Nov 1998 description

Consolidated UN report prepared by the Information Section of the UNDP Emergencies Unit for Ethiopia from information and reports provided by specialised UN agencies, media sources, the Ethiopian Government and NGOs.

The International Monetary Fund has agreed to resume the three-year Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility (ESAF) suspended in October 1997. The new agreement includes a US $42 million loan to underpin the country's financial reform programme;

09 Nov 1998 description

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The organisation of African Unity committee on the Ethopian-Eritrean border dispute ended its high level talks Sunday in Ougadougou, with a ray of hope for a peaceful settlement.
The summit brought together the president of Burkina Faso, Djibouti and Zimbabwe, who held separate discussions with the leaders of the disputing parties.

The leaders decided to place the border dispute on the agenda of the forthcoming meeting of the OAU committee on conflict prevention, management and resolution, scheduled for December.

09 Nov 1998 description

Extract from UN/DPI Press Briefing of Office of Spokesman for Secretary-General

04 Nov 1998 description

Ghion Hagos, PANA Correspondent

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 …

26 Oct 1998 description
report IRIN

Bureau de la coordination des Affaires Humanitaires / IRIN
Afrique Centrale et de l'Est
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26 Oct 1998 description
report IRIN

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for Central and Eastern Africa
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24 Oct 1998 description

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia said 500 more of its citizens were expelled from Eritrea Saturday, bringing to 28,366 the number expelled since the border dispute between the two countries surfaced six months ago.

20 Oct 1998 description

16 - 19 October 1998
Report prepared by Yves Guinand, Field Officer, UNDP-EUE

13 Oct 1998 description

Appeal: AFER81

Assistance to Deportees & War Affected
Appeal Target: US$ 1,548,670
9 October 1998

During the month of May this year, a border conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia broke out resulting in large numbers of civilians from both sides being uprooted.

13 Oct 1998 description
report Africanews

Alexandria, Virginia - The following document was released by the International Strategic Studies Association on October 9, 1998:

A new offer of mediation has been made to end the deadlock in the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, it was announced today in Washington DC. Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia and grandson of the late Emperor Haile Selassie, made the offer at the International Strategic Studies Association's closed-door conference, Strategy'98: The Global Strategic Forum, in Washington DC this week.

12 Oct 1998 description
report UN General Assembly

DURI MOHAMMED (Ethiopia) said the source of the present conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea was not just a simple bilateral dispute. It was also the result of aggression committed by Eritrea, which constituted a flagrant violation of international law and the principle enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and that of the Organization of African Unity (OAU).

12 Oct 1998 description

21 - 29 September 1998
By Joachim D. Ahrens, Senior Field Officer, and Yves Guinand, Field Officer, UNDP-EUE