ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Expert committee submits proposals for ending border conflict
Nairobi, 10 August 1999 (IRIN) - A technical document detailing implementation of the OAU Algiers summit proposals for resolving the conflict - worked out by a group of experts from Algeria, the OAU, the UN and US - was on Friday presented to both Ethiopia and Eritrea, with OAU sources expressing "cautious optimism" about its acceptance. The proposals contained a call on Eritrea to redeploy its forces outside the areas it occupied after 6 May 1998, and for Ethiopia to redeploy thereafter from positions taken after 6 February this year and which were not under its administration before 6 May 1998, media sources reported. Both sides have also been asked to agree to the deployment of OAU military observers and the delimitation and demarcation of the entire 1,000 km border with the help of UN experts.
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