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A senior United Nations official has expressed optimism that Ethiopia will reduce troop levels near the country's tense border with Eritrea.

The commander of U.N. peacekeeping forces along the border, Major-General Rajender Singh, told reporters Thursday he has discussed the situation with Ethiopian officials.

He said he is "hopeful" Ethiopia will pull back additional troops it recently sent to the border amid the rising tensions with Eritrea.

The general said he plans to have similar talks with Eritrean officials.

The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution last week that threatens sanctions against both countries if they use force to settle their border dispute. Eritrea rejected the measure, on the grounds it would not penalize Ethiopia for refusing to accept international demarcation of the border.

The countries fought a border war from 1998 to 2000 that killed 70,000 people.

An international journalism advocacy group says Ethiopia has detained two more journalists, bringing the number of journalists being held by the government to 12.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists says the journalists were arrested as security forces raided offices shared by three publications in Addis Ababa November 22. Computers and documents were also seized from the offices of a Ethiopian journalists group last week.

CPJ identified the journalists as Serkalem Fassil, publisher of the Menelik, Asqual and Satanaw weeklies, and her husband Eskinder Nega.

The detention of journalists began earlier this month following political unrest which left at least 46 people dead.

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has said a group of detained opposition leaders and journalists are to face treason charges for their alleged role in the violence during anti-government protests against reported fraud in May parliamentary elections.

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