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Ethiopia Says Eritrea Building Up Troops On Border

19 October 2005

Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, has accused neighboring Eritrea of reinforcing troops in a demilitarized zone along their border.

During a news conference in Addis Ababa Wednesday, Mr. Meles said he is concerned Eritrean troops have stepped up illegal infiltration into the region disguised as militia.

United Nations officials say new restrictions imposed by Eritrea have reduced their ability to monitor the border area.

The restrictions include a ban on U.N. helicopter flights over Eritrean airspace and night patrols by U.N. peacekeepers.

Mr. Meles denounced the restrictions, saying they violate the 2000 peace deal which ended a border war between the two Horn of Africa nations.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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