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Urgent intervention needed to prevent new Ethiopia, Eritrea war: group

The world’s major powers and the United Nations must move urgently to prevent a new border war between arch-rival Horn of Africa neighbors Ethiopia and Eritrea that could further destabilize the volatile region, a leading international policy institute warned. With tensions soaring amid increasingly belligerent statements, troop movements on both sides and Eritrean restrictions on UN peacekeepers monitoring the frontier, immediate action is needed to calm the situation, the Crisis Group (CG) said. “The stakes could hardly be higher,” said CG president and former Australian foreign minister Gareth Evans. “Neither side appears eager for a second war, but the situation is very fragile and to dismiss current tensions as mere saber-rattling would be a serious mistake.” Full Story

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