Eritrea’s recent acceptance of the OAU peace plan was “only a fake commitment,” Radio Ethiopia said today, quoting a statement from the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The statement said Eritrea had placed conditions on its withdrawal from remaining occupied Ethiopian territory in order to “buy time.” However, Eritrea said it was sincere in its commitment to withdraw its troops from the entire contested border area. “We have put our commitment to the withdrawal of troops, demilitarisation [of the frontier] and subsequent redeployment of international peacekeepers on record, and Ethiopia should have no cause to doubt us,” government spokesman Yemane Ghebremeskel told IRIN today.
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