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Eritrea detains 13 UN staff, 30 more in hiding: UN

Thirteen Eritreans employed by the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Eritrea have been detained by local authorities and another 30 are in hiding for fear of being arrested, the United Nations said on Tuesday. “While we have protested this, the government of Eritrea still has not given us any official reason for these detentions,” U.N. chief spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. The arrests have taken place at a time of worsening diplomatic ties between Eritrea and the United Nations over the implementation of a peace agreement ending the northeast African nation’s 1998-2000 border war with Ethiopia. Eritrea blames the international community, and the United Nations in particular, for failing to force Ethiopia to accept their shared border as marked out by an international commission, bringing the peace process to a halt. Full Story

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