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05 Apr 2004 13:16:59 GMT
EU wants to see Ethiopia's acceptance of the Boundary decision


By Jonah Fisher

ASMARA, April 5 (Reuters) - Senior European officials urged Eritrea on Monday to agree to meet a U.N. special envoy trying to solve a border row with Ethiopia.

Eritrea has so far resisted talks with the diplomat, saying it wanted the international community to do more to force neighbouring Ethiopia to comply with an independent panel ruling on the disputed 1,000-km (625-mile) frontier between them.

"We want to see the Ethiopian government accept the decision of the Boundary Commission, and secondly we also we want to see the special envoy interacting with the Eritrean government," said Irish Foreign Minister Brian Cowen, leading a European Union delegation on a visit to the region.

The visitors had had "a very constructive engagement on that point" in talks with Eritrean President Isayas Afewerki in Asmara, Cowen told a news conference.

The Horn of Africa neighbours fought a two-year war from 1998 in which 70,000 people were killed in combat reminiscent of the trench warfare of World War One.

The peace process has faltered since Ethiopia rejected the border inquiry's ruling just over a year ago that Badme, the small town that triggered the conflict, belonged to Eritrea.

The United Nations later appointed former Canadian Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy as a special envoy to try to break the stalemate, but Eritrea called his appointment illegal and an attempt to appease Ethiopia.

Diplomatic sources close to the EU delegation said Eritrea had requested more information on Axworthy's role, making clear he was only to be involved in implementing the border commission's ruling.

Axworthy met Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in Addis Ababa in February, but Afewerki refused to see him.

Cowen said Eritrea had articulated its frustrations to the delegation.

"But I emphasised that the international community is here to facilitate, to help, to assist, and not to renegotiate and not to modify the decisions of the Boundary Commission."

Cowen's delegation includes Dutch Development Minister Agnes van Ardenne and European Commission representatives. The delegation is also due to hold talks in Addis Ababa with Meles.

 
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