Badme and the Ethio-Eritrean border: the challenge of demarcation in the post-war period

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Badme and the Ethio-Eritrean border: the challenge of demarcation in the post-war period

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Badme and the Ethio-Eritrean border: the challenge of demarcation in the post-war period
Author: Abbink, G.J.
Journal Title: Africa : Journal of the International African Institute
Issue: 2
Volume: 58
Start Page: 219
End Page: 231
Pages: 13
Publisher: Edizione Africane
Issue Date: 2003
Keywords: Ethiopia
Eritrea
boundaries
peace negotiations
Abstract: The Ethiopian-Eritrean 'border war' of 1998-2000 was about much more than a stretch of relatively useless borderland, but in the subsequent negotiations this issue has come to dominate the agenda. The focus of the controversy is the village of Badme. Despite the border decision prepared by the Eritrea-Ethiopia Border Commission (EEBC) under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in 2002, no one knew for sure which country had been accorded Badme until the EEBC issued a statement on 21 March 2003, declaring that the place would be in Eritrea. However, with this statement the case is not yet closed. Ethiopia remains unconvinced and has called for a 'proper' interpretation of the issue in the spirit of the December 2000 Algiers agreement. This article discusses the background to the conflict and explains why Badme has become such a highly symbolic prize. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
Uri: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/9474
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/9474
 

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