Ethiopia and Eritrea trade accusations
eitb|Oct. 17, 2006 Ethiopia and Eritrea traded accusations Tuesday, a day after the UN accused Eritrea of moving troops and tanks into a buffer zone established after the Horn of Africa rivals went to war over their still disputed border. Relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea have been strained since their war ended six years ago.
More recently, tensions on the Horn have increased because of unrest in Somalia, with Eritrea and Ethiopia supporting opposing factions there.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said that the Eritrean troop movement was a violation of a cease-fire between the two countries, but Ethiopia will not make similar moves.
“I don’t think it changes things fundamentally, but this is a clear violation,” of the peace agreement, Meles told The Associated Press on the sidelines of an
African Union Peace and Security Council meeting. “We are not going to respond to minor provocations militarily.”
The United Nations accused Eritrea on Monday of moving 1,500 troops and 14 tanks into the buffer zone established after the 2-year border war, calling it “a major breach” of a cease-fire agreement reached in 2000.