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Annan concerned with simmering conflict

The UN Secretary-General is “very, very concerned” about the simmering conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, UN Special Envoy for Africa Mohamed Sahnoun told IRIN yesterday. Sahnoun was formally assigned by Secretary-General Kofi Annan on 15 January to support diplomatic efforts to resolve the eight-month Horn of Africa border dispute. Since border clashes and air raids erupted in May and June 1998, the two countries have been involved in heavily reinforcing their frontiers, recruiting troops and importing weapons and aircraft, news reports say. Large scale voluntary and involuntary conflict-related population movements have left hundreds of thousands of people displaced.

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