The EPRDF Executive Committee announced that it will accept to implement the Algiers Agreement which was signed between Ethiopia and Eritrea on Dec. 12, 2000 so as to end the Ethio-Eritrea border dispute.
ADDIS ABABA (Xinhua)―The Executive Committee of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), Ethiopia’s ruling party, announced on Tuesday it is committed to an unconditional implementation of peace agreement with arch rival Eritrea.
In a press statement, the EPRDF Executive Committee said Ethiopia is committed to the unconditional implementation of the December 2000 Algiers Agreement, which gave the symbolically important town of Badme to Eritrea.
A border dispute between Ethiopia and its northern neighbor Eritrea led to a bloody full-scale two-year border war between 1998 and 2000, which killed an estimated 70,000 people from both sides.
Since then, the two countries are engaged in a state of armed standoff along their common border punctuated occasionally by sporadic small-scale clashes.
SUMMARY: Agreement between the Government of the State of Eritrea and the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
This agreement terminates the hostilities between Ethiopia and Eritrea. The agreement, inter-alia, establishes a neutral Boundary Commission to delimit and demarcate borders based on colonial treaties and calls for an investigation regarding the origins of the conflict. It also establishes a Claims Commission to decide by binding arbitration all claims for loss, damage or injury by one government against the other or by nationals against the parties. You can read the full agreement document here.
Ethiopia has until now insisted on the need for negotiations with Eritrea to come first before implementing the Algiers peace agreement.
Eritrea for its part has insisted the border demarcation has to be done first before any talks on normalizing ties.
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