Annan's special envoy likely to visit Ethiopia and Eritrea
ABABA, April 5 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's newly appointed
special envoy to Ethiopia and Eritrea Lloyd Axworthy is likely to visit the two
countries in the near future, diplomats said here Monday.
envoy will restart the discussion over peace process between the two countries,
particularly over border issues, according to the diplomats.
peace process has faltered since Ethiopia rejected an independent panel's border
inquiry ruling just over a year ago that Badme, the small town that triggered
the conflict, belonged to Eritrea.
diplomats indicated that currently international efforts are on the move to
avoid differences of the two countries over theborder decision. The ongoing
European Union delegation visit to Ethiopia and Eritrea is a sign and
encouraging start to move forward the peace process. Senior officials from the
delegation urged Eritrea to agree to meet Axworthy.
delegation, led by high ranking government officials who met with Eritrean
President Isayas Afewerki in Asmara, capital of Eritrea on Monday, are expected
to arrive in Addis Ababa on Tuesday.
are expected to discuss border issues with Ethiopian PrimeMinister Meles Zenawi
and other government officials on the same day.
has its own advantage to resolve the remaining peace process of these
neighboring countries," diplomats said. Enditem