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05 Aug 2011 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 5 August 2011 (IRIN) - More and more Eritrean refugees, mostly educated young men, continue to arrive in Ethiopia, with the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, expressing concern over the rising numbers.

"Most say they left their country [to avoid] a prolonged military conscription, but they also say they want to join their families on the road," Moses Okello, UNHCR's representative in Ethiopia, told IRIN.

Ethiopia hosts at least 61,000 Eritrean refugees.

06 Jul 2011 description
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ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI, 6 July 2011 (IRIN) - Thousands of Ethiopians in Afar State are facing critical food, water and health gaps almost a month after a volcano erupted in neighbouring Eritrea's Nabro region, officials say.

The volcano started erupting on 12 June, spewing ash over hundreds of kilometres, affecting food and water sources as well as air travel in some parts. The eruption also caused an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7, Eritrea's Information Ministry reported in a communiqué.

30 Aug 2010 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 30 August 2010 (IRIN) - Kibrom Sebhatu, 45, is among hundreds of Eritreans expected to benefit from a recent Ethiopian government ruling allowing Eritrean refugees to live outside the camps.

"I am happy that UNHCR [the UN Refugee Agency] and the government of Ethiopia agreed to let us live outside the camps. I hope this will open a new era in Ethiopia-Eritrea relations," Sebhatu said.

05 Aug 2009 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 5 August 2009 (IRIN) - Eritrean authorities have stopped the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from involvement in the repatriation of Ethiopians from the territory, the ICRC said.

More than 43,000 Ethiopians and Eritreans wanting to return home have been repatriated to their respective countries under ICRC auspices since 2000.

"As a neutral intermediary, the ICRC made the necessary logistical arrangements on both sides of the border and placed the repatriated individuals in the care of their home country's authorities," said ICRC spokeswoman …

08 May 2009 description
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ASMARA, 8 May 2009 (IRIN) - "Remember 'We Are the World'?" asked Mahmoud Abdalla, a leader of the Hidareb ethnic community in Eritrea's arid Anseba region along the northwestern border with Sudan, referring to the 1985 hit song by more than 40 top artists. "Remember the 1984 famine in Ethiopia?

01 Aug 2008 description
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NAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA, 1 August 2008 (IRIN) - Tensions between Ethiopia and Eritrea are unlikely to escalate immediately following the departure of UN peacekeepers, but a mechanism should be found to quickly engage the two neighbours, an analyst said.

The Security Council terminated the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) on 31 July.

"The decision is basically a formalisation of the reality because UNMEE has really not been on the ground," Fouad Hikmat, Horn of Africa director for the International Crisis Group (ICG), told IRIN.

Ethiopia and Eritrea have both said …

23 May 2007 description
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NAIROBI, 23 May 2007 (IRIN) - Several thousand families who were forced to abandon their homes during the 1998-2000 war between Eritrea and Ethiopia have returned to their home villages, the Eritrean government said.

According to a statement, more than 3,400 families returned to the Gash-Barka region, including 2,000 returnees from Golij, Tebeldiya, Gergef, Sabunait, Tessenei and other areas, who had been resettled in Omhajer, Ayterf and its surroundings.

Another 928 families from the Adi-Baare makeshift camp in Shambuko sub-zone returned to Binbina, Adi-Maelel and Tologumja, while …

17 Oct 2006 description
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NAIROBI, 17 Oct 2006 (IRIN) - Eritrea has moved 1,500 troops and 14 tanks to a buffer zone along its border with Ethiopia, which was created after the war between the two countries over their disputed frontier.

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30 Jan 2006 description
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16 Dec 2005 description
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29 Nov 2005 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 29 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Four Ethiopian soldiers were killed and three wounded last week when their vehicle hit a newly laid landmine near the border with Eritrea, UN officials said on Tuesday.

The anti-tank mine was planted around 15 km south of the demilitarized buffer zone created to separate the two countries' armies following their 1998-2000 border dispute that has continued to cause tension between the Horn of Africa neighbours.

"Four Ethiopian soldiers died and three were injured …

25 Nov 2005 description
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26 Oct 2005 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 26 October (IRIN) - When the United Nations first deployed peacekeepers in Ethiopia and Eritrea in 2000 to monitor the cessation of hostilities between the two nations, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he hoped the job could be done within a year.

The two nations had signed earlier that year the Algiers Agreement to end a two-and-a-half year war, following talks led by Algeria and the Organization of African Unity (now the African Union).

21 Oct 2005 description
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ASMARA, 21 October (IRIN) - Eritrea downplayed the significance of restricting UN helicopters on Thursday, describing recent remarks by the Ethiopian prime minister as duplicitous.

Speaking to journalists for the first time since Eritrea grounded UN peacekeeping helicopters earlier this month, a senior government official said that recent comments by Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi were offensive.

Yemane Ghebremeskel, a presidential adviser in Eritrea, was referring to remarks made by Meles in Addis …