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Vol 43 No 8

Published 19th April 2002


Eritrea

Missing Badme

As promised, both countries have accepted the (carefully crafted) ruling by the Eritrea-Ethiopian Boundary Commission, published last weekend. Both sides want peace but the propaganda war still rages and normal relations look distant. Both claim victory but don't mention death tolls (Eritrea, circa 19,000; Ethiopia, c. 60,000). Eritrea gets most of its claims in the west; Ethiopia, most of its claims in the centre, including Zalembessa town, two-thirds of Irob and half of Bada. The eastern frontier changes little.

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