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Ethiopia beefs up military presence on Eritrian Border

Postby sewd05 » Sun Oct 16, 2005 12:51 pm

Ethiopia beefs up military presence on Eritrea border

ADDIS ABABA, Oct. 15 (Xinhuanet) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi admitted Saturday his country has reinforced its troops on its border with Eritrea since December as a "precautionary measure," the same day he offered first ever direct talks with Eritrean leader on border disputes.

"We have taken measures and beefed up our defense capabilities around the border since December to prevent any miscalculation by the other side," Meles told journalists.

Earlier this month, Eritrea banned air patrols along the 1,000-kilometer temporary security zone and it did not give any reasons for the restrictions, according to Gail Bindley-Taylor Sainte, spokeswoman of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE).

Eritrea's move increased concerns that the Red Sea state was trying to cover up troop redeployment, diplomats here said.

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