A senior Eritrean official has told the United Nations there would be renewed fighting with Ethiopia if the U.N. fails to end the lingering border dispute between the two nations.
Eritrean Finance Minister Berhane Abrehe told the U.N. General Assembly on that his country would defend its territory “by any means possible.”
In 2002, an independent commission gave the disputed town of Badme to Eritrea. The two-year border war that ended in 2000 killed more than 70,000 people.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has said that he accepts the boundary ruling "in principle" but wants more discussion.
In early September, the UN Security Council approved a resolution calling on Ethiopia to accept the decision. The council also renewed the UN’s 4,200-strong peacekeeping mission for another six months.