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UN: Halt Ethiopia-Eritrea Fighting

June 24, 1999

UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ The Security Council on Wednesday demanded an immediate halt to fighting between Ethiopia and Eritrea and warned that a serious humanitarian crisis was developing in both countries.

The council also called on both Horn of Africa countries to cooperate with a high-level delegation from the Organization of African Unity and called for implementation of an OAU plan to end the conflict.

The council also reiterated its previous call on all countries to immediately halt the sale of arms and ammunition to both countries.

Council members reminded the two governments that their primary responsibility is to feed their people.

They noted that half a million people in the two countries have been forced to leave their homes and several million more face serious drought conditions.

Since the beginning of June, Ethiopia and Eritrea have said they engaged in serious fighting on several fronts along their 620-mile contested border. Both claim to have caused heavy casualties to the other side, but the claims are impossible to verify independently.

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