Creating borders: exploring the impact of the Ethio-Eritrean war on the local population

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Creating borders: exploring the impact of the Ethio-Eritrean war on the local population

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Creating borders: exploring the impact of the Ethio-Eritrean war on the local population
Author: Abbink, G.J.
Journal Title: Africa : Journal of the International African Institute
Issue: 4
Volume: 56
Start Page: 447
End Page: 458
Pages: 12
Publisher: Edizione Africane
Issue Date: 2001
Keywords: Ethiopia
Eritrea
ethnic relations
boundaries
peace
Abstract: After more than two years of bloody warfare, the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace accord in Algiers on 12 December 2000. Although the peace accord paved the way for negotiations and a delineation of the Ethio-Eritrean border, political stability in the region is not expected to increase unless the two governments reform their systems of governance. This article focuses on social developments 'on the ground' since the peace accord and on the social and psychological impact of the war on local peoples, such as the Afar, Irob, and Kunama. The author argues that a strict delimitation of the border may further divide local population groups and create tensions instead of defusing them. He further argues that the impact of the United Nations Mission for Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), in place since December 2000, will be limited; UNMEE is responsible for immediate security issues, but is not allowed to mediate between State authorities and local inhabitants. In the end, the border people may hold a key to the future of Ethio-Eritrean relations. Notes, ref., sum. in French and Italian
Uri: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/9475
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/9475
 

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