rivals reject border plans
Dusty Badme was at the centre of the border dispute Ethiopia and Eritrea have
rejected a proposal put forward by an independent boundary commission to demarcate
their disputed Horn of Africa border.
boycotted a meeting at The Hague, which was to discuss plans to mark the border
on UN maps rather than delineate it on the ground.
spokesman said the planned demarcation would be "illegal", while
Eritrea wants a physical demarcation.
was set up following the end of the countries’ 1998-2000 war.
has never accepted the boundary commission’s decision to award the disputed
town of Badme to Eritrea.
Dec 2000: Peace agreement
Apr 2002: Border ruling
Mar 2003: Ethiopian complaint over Badme rejected
Sep 2003: Ethiopia asks for new ruling
Feb 2005: UN concern at military build-up
Oct 2005: Eritrea restricts peacekeepers’ activities
Nov 2005: UN sanctions threat if no compliance with 2000 deal
Horn’s bitter war
Tensions remain high and some fear conflict could reignite as the two countries
are accused of backing rival sides in neighbouring Somali.
backs the commission’s proposals but insists that the border should be physically
position is very clear: we have accepted the decision," Yemane Gebremeskel,
the director of Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki’s office told the AFP news
Ethiopia obstructs the demarcation, the answer does not lie in accommodating
or placating Ethiopia," he said. "The answer lies in taking appropriate
measures against them."
has informed the commission that its proposal, if implemented, would result
in a decision void of any legal force or effect and therefore must be rejected,"
said a statement from Ethiopia’s foreign ministry.
Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (Unmee) has more than 2,000 troops
in a buffer zone along the border.
has placed restrictions on the UN operation since last year, calling for more
international pressure to make Ethiopia withdraw from Badme.
70,000 people died in the border conflict.