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Thursday, July 15, 1999 Published at 15:14 GMT 16:14 UK

World: Africa

Ethiopian-Eritrean war of words continues

Ethiopia has called on Eritrea to commit itself to redeploy its troops from disputed territory along their joint border without preconditions.

A spokeswoman for the Ethiopian government Salome Tadesse told the BBC that Eritrea's acceptance of peace proposals from the Organization of African Unity had come with conditions attached -- while Ethiopia had accepted them in their entirety.

Her comments came a day after Eritrea announced it was ready to accept a framework agreement to try to end the war.

However, it's reported to have demanded compensation for Eritreans deported by Ethiopia since the conflict began.

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