On Tuesday, Ethiopia government led by prime minister Abiy Ahmed fully accepted to implement the 2000 peace agreement with Eritrea over their disputed border, bringing an end to one of Africa’s terrible and drawn-out border wars.
The Eritrean government should take the same stand without any prerequisite and accept our call to bring back the long-lost peace of the two brother nations as it was before, the governing party, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, said in the statement posted on Facebook.
News update: #Ethiopia accepts the #AlgiersAgreement in bid to normalize relations with #Eritrea; opens up its economy https://t.co/At8JnknEc3 Eritrea had accepted EEBC’s decision & refused to submit to further negotiation without the acceptance by Ethiopia of EEBC’s decision pic.twitter.com/1n271rRlg4
— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) June 5, 2018
The countries fought a war from 1998 to 2000 over their border dispute, leaving about 80,000 people dead. They signed a peace agreement in 2000, but the Ethiopians never accepted the findings of a boundary commission established by the agreement. The border has been a deadly point of contention ever since, and the dispute had been widely regarded as a diplomatic stalemate. Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had promised to make peace with the country’s northern neighbor after taking power earlier this year.
It’s always been Eritrea’s position that the commission’s ruling is the commission’s ruling, the Eritreans know they’re in the right,” said Bronwyn Bruton, deputy director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based research group.