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UN Investigates Eritrean Charge of Ethiopian Incursion


The United Nations says it is investigating Eritrean claims that Ethiopian troops entered its territory and attacked a village.

Eritrea's Information Ministry said Wednesday Ethiopian troops crossed into a remote Eritrean village in late November, set fire to 10 houses and kidnapped five people.

The commander of the U.N. peacekeeping force for Eritrea and Ethiopia said Thursday an investigation is underway. He said the 1,000 kilometer border between the two countries continues "peaceful and stable," despite allegations of an Ethiopian incursion.

Ethiopia and Eritrea fought a two and a half year border war between 1998 and 2000 that left more than 70,000 people dead. Both countries agreed to a ceasefire and international mediation, including an independent boundary commission whose decision would be final and binding.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP.

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