Saturday, April 09, 2005

UN Warns of New War in Horn of Africa

International failure to break the border stalemate between Ethiopia and Eritrea could lead to a renewal of conflict, a senior UN official warned yesterday.

The brutal 2½-year war ended with a December 2000 peace agreement under which the parties agreed to abide by the ruling of an independent boundary commission.

After initially accepting the peace deal, Ethiopia rejected the commission's April 2002 findings and prevented the physical demarcation of the border.

Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, head of the UN mission, said: "I'm urging the international community to wake up to the reality that, if the stalemate continues, we are going to run into problems."


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