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Friday, July 2, 1999 Published at 23:43 GMT 00:43 UK

World: Africa

Eritrea and Ethiopia 'agree peace deal'

Libya says Ethiopia and Eritrea have accepted a peace plan aimed at ending their long running border conflict.

Ethiopia - Eritrea conflict
The Libyans say both countries have agreed to an immediate halt to all military operations, ahead of signing a cease-fire.

There has been no word so far from either Ethiopia or Eritrea.

A report on state-run Libyan television said the breakthrough came after two days of shuttle diplomacy by Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Abdulsalam Attaricki who visited both countries.

Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi met with the Eritrean and Ethiopian leaders earlier this year as part of his peace-mediating efforts.

The TV report said Libya was working to arrange a meeting between the two governments under the auspices of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).

Both sides had agreed to an earlier OAU agreement on signing a cease-fire but differed on its implementation.

Each country claims to have killed tens of thousands of enemy soldiers since fighting broke out in May 1998 over the disputed border.

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