Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ethiopia Accuses Eritrea of Provoking Recent Border Fight
Associated Press

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: Ethiopia's military was provoked into launching this week's attack on Eritrean forces in a disputed border area, a government official said Tuesday.

Eritrean forces fired into Ethiopian positions Sunday, leading to a counter-offensive by Ethiopian troops, government spokesman Getachew Reda told reporters.

There was a "major military engagement" between Eritrean and Ethiopian forces that lasted until Monday, he said.

"I hope this time around they won't make that stupid mistake of inviting us to wage a full-scale war," Reda said.

He did not provide details about casualties.

Eritrea said Sunday that Ethiopian troops had attacked its position in the Tsorona Central Front, a border area between the two countries that saw one of the bloodiest battles during their 1998-2000 border war.

Ethiopia and Eritrea have no diplomatic relations and often accuse each other of supporting opposition groups across the border.

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has urged both countries to exercise restraint.

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