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Vol 40 No 22

Published 5th November 1999


Eritrea

Ceasefire under threat

The OAU peace deal between Asmara and Addis Ababa is hanging by a thread as both sides rearm and turn up the war rhetoric

Ethiopia and Eritrea are set to start fighting again (AC Vol 40 Nos 4 & 9). Neither trusts the other and each accuses the other of preparing for war - accurately, since troop numbers have been increased again along the border and arms are flowing in. Ethiopia has bought more Mi-35 attack helicopters, Eritrea has bought air defence units. Both sides have replaced lost tanks by purchases from China, Russia, Ukraine and other East European countries.

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