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UN Says Tension Easing on Eritrea-Ethiopia Border

A senior United Nations official says tension has eased along the disputed Eritrea-Ethiopia border, following a partial withdrawal of Ethiopian forces.

The commander of the U.N. mission watching the border, Major-General Rajender Singh says the tension still exists but there have been no new signs of a military build-up.

Ethiopia recently withdrew eight divisions from the border area, where both countries have massed troops in recent months.

On Monday, the United States said it would send high-level diplomats to the region to encourage Eritrea and Ethiopia to define the disputed border.

Eritrea has accused the U.N. of doing little to make Ethiopia accept a borderline drawn by an independent panel in 2002.

The two countries fought a border war between 1998 and 2000 that killed 70,000 people.