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The Formula for the 2018 Eritrea-Ethiopia Peace: New Beginning or Resumption of a Suspended Process?

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Eritrea and Ethiopia have entered into a new phase of rapprochement following the peace agreements signed in Asmara (9 July 2018) and Jeddah (16 September 2018). This rapprochement has unleashed a wave of enhanced bilateral and regional relationships and the Horn seems hopeful of good seasons to come. The 1998-2000 border war between the two countries was previously concluded by the so-called Algiers Agreement of 12 December 2000, which established a Border Commission, a Claims Commission and called for the establishment of a body to investigate the origins of the conflict. The decisions of the two commissions remain unimplemented and the fact-finding body was never constituted. The new rapprochement is the result of Ethiopia’s promise to fully implement the Algiers Agreement. However, except for a broad reference to abide by the Border Commission’s decision, the 2018 agreements make no reference to the Algiers Agreement. In this talk, Mr. Andemariam will argue that implementation of the Algiers Agreement and assumption of responsibility by both sides for their actions during the impasse between 2002 and 2018 should be the cornerstone of the new peace deal if its ambitious objectives are to be realized.

This talk is part of the Centre of African Studies Occasional Talks series.

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