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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.

28 Aug 1998 description

The government of Eritrea Friday released 71 Ethiopian soldiers captured in the border conflict between the two countries, saying the group constituted the first batch.

21 Aug 1998 description
report Oxfam

Armed conflict over disputed territories between Eritrea and Ethiopia has triggered a humanitarian crisis in terms of displacement. In spite of a present stand-off between the two countries tension exists and shows no clear signs of lessening.

11 Aug 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 Government and NGOs.
HIGHLIGHTS

Despite the failure to achieve a diplomatic breakthrough in the boundary dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea no further serious incidents of fighting are reported, however, both countries continue to mobilise;

14 Jul 1998 description

GENEVA, 14 July 1998 - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) will continue its humanitarian aid in Eritrea for another 12 months. The extension was agreed upon in talks between LWF General Secretary Ishmael Noko and Eritrean state authorities on July 10 in Asmara. The LWF World Service (LWF-WS) program will be the only non-governmental (NGO) program active in Eritrea.

09 Jul 1998 description

ICRC News 98/27
The ICRC carried out two visits to the 163 prisoners of war being held in Fiche camp, the first on 27 June and the second on 2 July. All of these prisoners have now been registered.

03 Jul 1998 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 3 July 1998 (IRIN) - A team of African diplomats under the auspices of the OAU left Addis Ababa for Asmara in renewed peace efforts this week, news agencies reported. The group represents the four-nation team mandated by the OAU summit on 10 June in Ouagadougou. The OAU-mandated mediation mission which ended on 19 June failed to break the deadlock and did not succeed in advancing the US-Rwanda peace plan which included a call for Eritrean forces to withdraw. Rwanda yesterday announced its withdrawal from the team to try to break the deadlock, news agencies report.

26 Jun 1998 description
report UN Security Council

S/RES/1177 (1998)
Adopted by the Security Council at its 3895th meeting, on 26 June 1998

The Security Council,

Expressing grave concern at the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, its political, humanitarian and security implications for the region, and its effect on the civilian populations there,

Affirming the commitment of all Member States to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ethiopia and Eritrea,

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.