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23 Oct 2000 description


By Sizwile Makhuba
In Algiers on 18th June 2000, Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Seyoum Mesfin, and his Eritrean counterpart, Haile Woldetensae, signed a peace agreement that ended a two-year war over the disputed demarcation of their common border. Both sides lost tens of thousands of soldiers, more than a million civilians were displaced and thousands were forced to seek refuge across the Sudanese border.