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UN Troops Getting Sent Home From Eritrea


Most of the U.N. peacekeeping forces in Eritrea have been told to temporarily return to their home countries.

In a report dated March 3, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon directed troops monitoring the border situation between Eritrea and Ethiopia to relocate until a review of the situation is completed.

Eritrea began a fuel blockade of the U.N. troops months ago that eventually made it impossible for the force to function. U.N. officials say the Eritreans also cut off the supply of food at one point. Eritrea denies the allegation.

Eritrea says the United Nations has not upheld the rulings of an independent commission that awarded a disputed border town to Eritrea.

Eritrea and Ethiopia fought a border war between 1998 and 2000 that killed an estimated 70,000 people.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.

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