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IGAD calls on AU to deploy peace keeping troops along Eritrea, Djibouti border

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The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Sunday called on the African Union to deploy peace keeping troops along the Eritrea and Djibouti border to resolve dispute between the two horn African nations.The call came during the 57th ministerial meeting of IGAD on sidelines of the AU summit in Addis Ababa.

Earlier last month, the U.N. Security Council and African Union urged Eritrea and Djibouti to resolve their border dispute peacefully following the withdrawal of peacekeeping troops from Qatar.

Djibouti accused Eritrean troops of occupying the Dumeira mountain area shortly after 450 Qatari peacekeepers left last month and lodged a formal complaint with the African Union.

Qatar had been mediating a territorial dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea before it withdraw its troops after diplomatic clash with other Arab nations.

Moussa Faki Mahamat, AU commission chairperson, said that the union would send a “fact-finding mission to the Djibouti-Eritrea border”, which Eritrea refuses.

The IGAD meeting also expressed concern over escalating conflict in South Sudan and called warring parties respect the peace agreement they had signed in Addis Ababa.

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