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Ethiopia, Eritrea reopen border points for first time in 20 years


Reuters
ADDIS ABABA
The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea re-opened crossing points on their shared border for the first time in 20 years on Tuesday, cementing a stunning reconciliation and giving Addis Ababa a direct route to its former foe's Red Sea ports.
Ethiopian and Eritrean forces stationed along the border will be moved back to camps to ease tensions further, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said.
"We heralded the new year by demolishing the trenches along our border,"Abiy told reporters, referring to the fact that Ethiopian New Year was celebrated on Tuesday.
"As of today, Ethiopia's defence forces (along the border with Eritrea) will be gathered to camps and ease tension that was often extreme.
"The same will be done from the Eritrean side."
The war that broke out in 1998 over the border and other issues killed an estimated 80,000 people before fighting ended in 2000 in a contested peace deal.

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