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Americans Advised To Avoid Ethiopia

January 1, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The State Department warned Americans Thursday to ``consider carefully″ traveling to Ethiopia, where a seven-month border dispute with neighboring Eritrea continues to produce armed conflict.

``Although fighting has stopped, the border remains tense, with occasional exchanges of artillery fire and skirmishes,″ the department said. ``Travel near or across the Ethiopia-Eritrea border should be avoided.″

The department said Americans currently in Ethiopia should continue to monitor the situation closely and periodically review their personal security.

Artillery exchanges have escalated along the 620-mile disputed frontier since the failure of peace talks in November.

Eritrea fought a 30-year war against Ethiopia and was granted independence in 1993 but the border between the two countries was never officially declared.

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