Ethiopia and Eriteria's peace deal has brought few tangible benefits - analysts

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Alemneh Wase BeZehabesha - Ethiopia and Eriteria's peace deal has brought few tangible benefits - analysts

Analysts say a peace deal reached between Eritrea and Ethiopia in July 2018 has brought few tangible benefits, with trade routes still blocked and tension on the border still rife. They note that regional strong men in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, which borders Eritrea, have yet to forge a lasting peace deal with the leadership in Asmara. 

 

The border has yet to be demarcated and heavily armed soldiers still man disputed areas. Initial signs after the peace deal between Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki were positive in that telephone connections were re-established, flights between Addis Ababa and Asmara resumed and goods flowed over the border. 

 

Experts, however, say huge barriers still remain in order to achieve a lasting peace and normalized relations.

Many Eritreans began fleeing their homes to seek refuge in Ethiopia as a result of border crossing openings, meaning trade routes were soon closed again. 

 

Analysts say that deep-rooted historical tension between Eritrea and the regional powers in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region has led to a situation where trade flows are now non-existent and many areas remain heavily militarized.

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