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Ethiopia to Implement Stalled Eritrea Peace Deal After 18 Years

  • Country to resolve dispute with neighbor after deal in 2000
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Abiy Ahmed.

Abiy Ahmed.

Photographer: Zacharias Abubeker/AFP via Getty Images

Ethiopia will implement a peace deal signed at the turn of the century with Eritrea after the country’s new prime minister undertook two months ago to normalize relations with its neighboring long-time foe.

The Horn of Africa nation’s highest governing body announced the decision on Eritrea on Tuesday, 18 years after the countries signed a peace accord in the Algerian capital to end a border war that took place from 1998 to 2000 and claimed thousands of casualties. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed pledged in April that the country will “resolve problems” with Eritrea, which gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993.