Eritrean delegation welcomed in Addis Ababa for peace talks

The meeting springs from the determination of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to settle issues preventing a full peace from a war that ended 18 years ago.

Eritrea’s Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Mohammed (C) walks with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (L) shaking hands with dignitaries as an Eritrean delegation for peace talks with Ethiopia arrives at the international airport in Addis Ababa on 26 June 2018. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA – An Eritrean delegation’s been given a red-carpet welcome to Addis Ababa for talks on a border dispute between the neighbours.

The meeting springs from the determination of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to settle issues preventing a full peace from a war that ended 18 years ago.

Ethiopia’s occupied all disputed territories following the two-year war that tore the Horn of Africa until the turn of the century.

Now Ahmed says Ethiopia will abide by the rulings of a border commission.

This means returning the town of Badme to Eritrea. President Isaias Afwerki has welcomed this.

However, he wouldn’t chance a personal visit Addis Ababa for the settlement talks.

So, he’s leaving it to a delegation to open the door to peace.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)