Ethiopian-Eritrean Peace Talks Delayed till Tuesday

Published May 30th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The new round of the indirect talks between the two combatants, Ethiopia and Eritrea originally scheduled in Algiers Monday were delayed for one day, reported Kuwaiti news agency (KUNA). 

The agency quoted official sources as attributing the delay to the late arrival of the Eritrean negotiating delegation.  

Tuesday’s talks will be held behind closed doors with no press attendance. However, a representative from the European Union, a US envoy, and a representative of the UN secretary general will take part in the meeting, said KUNA.  

It added the talks will be under the chairmanship of the Algerian justice minister Ahmed O'Yahya.  

This round of talks is a last-ditch effort for salvaging the peace plan approved by the Organization of African Unity.  

Meanwhile, radio reports from Asmara said that four Ethiopian warplanes shelled a military airport in the Eritrean capital but no damages were reported, added the agency – Albawaba.com 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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