Officials from Eritrea and Ethiopia are holding rare talks focused on settling their long-running border dispute.

Officials at the Ethiopian and Eritrean embassies in London said the private talks in that city will continue through Saturday. Neither side has given any indication of how the talks are going.

Eritrea says the only way to peace is for Ethiopia to accept the 2002 ruling of an independent border commission. Eritrean officials say their team is only discussing how to implement that ruling, not renegotiating it. 

Ethiopia has thus far refused to accept the decision of the border commission, set up under a peace agreement that ended their two-year border war in 2000. 

The border war killed an estimated 70,000 people.  U.N. monitors watching the border zone say the military situation there remains tense.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.