Ethiopia and Eritrea run the risk of starting a new war over a long-running border dispute, with tensions being fueled by irresponsible arms sales to both impoverished African nations, a senior United Nations official said on Thursday.
"Time is running out. Both countries are acquiring additional arms, increasing the number of forces at their borders," said former Canadian foreign minister Lloyd Axworthy, the special U.N. envoy for Ethiopia and Eritrea.
"I still believe however that war can averted," he told Parliament's foreign affairs committee in Ottawa.
Ethiopia and Eritrea fought a two-year border war from 1998 to 2000 in which more than 70,000 people died.