Horn Ceasefire Agreement to be Signed in Algiers Sunday

Published June 18th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Dignatories are gathering in Algiers for the signing of the ceasefire agreement to end the border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea, reported BBC.online.  

There have been no reports of further exchanges since the guns on the front line fell silent, as agreed, on Friday.  

The Eritrean Foreign Minister, Haile Woldensee, told journalists on his arrival in Algiers that there was no reason for the war to continue.  

The agreement, which was negotiated by the Organization of African Unity (OAU), calls for the end of hostilities after two years of fighting, and for an observer mission and a UN force to be deployed in the border area.  

Haile was met at the airport by the OAU mediator and Algerian Justice Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia.  

OAU chief Salim Ahmed Salim and US envoy Anthony Lake have also arrived for the ceremony said the report.  

Lake said that the signing would allow "the deployment of peacekeeping troops in a temporary zone of security".  

"The deployment is a very important first step," he was quoted as saying.  

"The second might lead to a definitive resolution of the conflict, the demarcation of the borders and a permanent ceasefire between Ethiopia and Eritrea", he added.  

The UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has promised UN support for the ceasefire accord, and dispatched a three-member team to discuss a peacekeeping force with African leaders, said BBC. 

It added that, under the plan, all hostilities will cease and a UN force will patrol a 25km buffer zone inside Eritrea along the disputed frontier. Only then will Ethiopia's army withdraw to pre-war positions – Albawaba.com.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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