Ethiopian FM Arrives in Algiers for Indirect Talks with Eritrea
Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin arrived in Algiers on Monday for indirect talks with Eritrea aimed a cementing an agreement to end the Horn of Africa neighbors' border war, officials said.
Seyoum was met at the airport by Algeria's African affairs expert Abdelkader Messahel.
Eritrean Foreign Minister Ali Said Abdullah arrived in Algiers on Sunday.
The new round of talks was agreed at the July summit of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), which asked then OAU chairman Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the Algerian president, to continue in his role as mediator in the conflict.
The two countries signed a "cessation of hostilities" agreement here in June, a month after Ethiopia launched a major and seemingly successful offensive into Eritrea.
The deal included undertakings to work towards a permanent ceasefire and a full peace accord.
Tens of thousands of people, most of them soldiers from both sides, have been killed in the war, which has displaced more than 1.2 million people -- ALGIERS (AFP)
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