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22 Feb 2008 description

Nairobi_(dpa) _ The African Union (AU) said Friday it remains engaged in the border crisis between Eritrea and Ethiopia but said the two parties lack goodwill to bring an end to the dispute.

A United Nations mission monitoring the disputed frontier since the end of a 1998-2000 border war fought between the neighbouring foes began relocating to the Eritrean capital Asmara last week after their fuel and food supplies were cut by Eritrea.

"We are still there.

09 Feb 2006 description

Addis Ababa (dpa) - The UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UMEE), which is monitoring the disputed border between the two countries, said Thursday it is closely monitoring the possibility of newly laid mines in the buffer zone.

14 Apr 2005 description

Addis Ababa (dpa) - The U.N. Mission monitoring the disputed border between Ethiopia and Eritrea disclosed Thursday that it has set up a committee to investigate allegations of sexual abuse which Eritrean women have made against Mission peacekeepers and civilian staff.

18 Jan 2005 description

Addis Ababa (dpa) - A total of 114 people have been killed and 293 wounded by landmines in the past four years along the disputed Ethiopia-Eritrea border, the United Nations said Tuesday.

03 Sep 2004 description

=A0Addis Ababa (dpa) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) repatriated Friday 93 Eritrea civilians home from Ethiopia, 39 of whom, one medical case and 38 minors, were reunited with their families.

ICRC delegates based in Ethiopia accompanied the Eritrean civilians to the Mereb River Bridge border crossing point between the town of Rama in Ethiopia and Adi Quala in Eritrea.

The group was then welcomed by ICRC staff based in Eritrea, assisted by volunteers from the Ethiopian Red Cross Society and the Red Cross Society of Eritrea.

02 Jul 2004 description

New York (dpa) - The United Nations on Friday regretted the U.S. decision to withdraw its peacekeepers from U.N. missions in the Eritrea-Ethiopia border and Kosovo.

''We can confirm the U.S. decision to withdraw some personnel and we have taken note with regret'' said U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

Pentagon spokeswoman Lawrence Di Rita announced on Thursday that nine Americans were being pulled from two U.N. missions. He said two will be removed from the U.N. effort in Kosovo, while seven will be withdrawn from the peacekeeping mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia.

28 Apr 2002 description

Khartoum (dpa) - Some 8,000 Eritreans living in refugee camps in the eastern Sudanese State of Kassla have been told by Sudanese authorities that they were no longer refugees, the al-Ayam daily reported in Khartoum Sunday.

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had informed the Sudanese government that the Eritrean refugees should have been already repatriated to their country.

22 Jun 2001 description

Addis Ababa (dpa) - The U.N. mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) said Friday it has provided the two sides with a ''provisional map'' of the temporary security zone along the border of the two countries to enable it to monitor the peace accord ending their conflict.

The map, restricted for use by UNMEE, was given to both Ethiopian and Eritrean military officials Thursday by the mission's force commander, Major General Patrick Cammaert of the Netherlands, UNMEE spokesman Christopher de Bono said.

06 Oct 2000 description

Addis Ababa (dpa) - European Union (E.U.) Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid Poul Nielson said Friday the E.U. wants to help Ethiopia become self-sufficient in food but development aid from Brussels can only be forthcoming once there was peace.

He said the country has been the biggest recipient of E.U. aid for the past 25 years, mainly humanitarian aid to help it cope with famine and food shortages induced by cyclical drought,

30 Jun 2000 description

Washington (dpa) - Technical experts from Ethiopia and Eritrea will meet with U.S. mediators in Washington next week to lay the foundation of a peace accord between the two warring African nations, U.S. officials said Friday.

The talks at the State Department will begin Monday on a ''proximity'' basis, meaning the two negotiating teams will not actually meet face-to-face but will convene separately with their U.S. hosts, department spokesman Richard Boucher said.

The talks are expected to last several days, he said.

13 Apr 2000 description

New York (dpa) - Germany on Thursday requested the U.N. Security Council to discuss the border conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, which hampers efforts to avert a humanitarian tragedy caused by the drought in the Horn of Africa.

German U.N. Ambassador Dieter Kastrup sent a letter to the council urging it to take up the conflict situation ''as soon as possible'' and to appeal to the two governments there to settle their differences peacefully.

28 Jun 1999 description

Mogadishu (dpa) - The ongoing border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea has hit Horn of Africa neighbour Somalia as Ethiopian troops Monday attacked a small town in southern Somalia, witnesses said.

Troops attacked Eritrea-backed Somalian National Front (SNF) militiamen in the town of Gabaharrey, 100 kilometres south of the Ethiopian border, the witnesses said.

An SNF spokesman has accused Ethiopia of massacring civilians and destroying parts of Gabaharrey, but offered no death toll or property damage figures.