UN chief calls for peaceful resolution of Eritrea-Ethiopia border clashes

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, on the margins of the 2016 European Development Days forum in Brussels, Belgium. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Eritrea and Ethiopia are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to exercise restraint following recent border clashes.

Shelling along the frontier between the two Horn of Africa countries began on Sunday and lasted into the following day, according to reports.

Eritrea became independent from Ethiopia in 1991 following a UN-supervised referendum.

Dianne Penn has the story.

The UN Secretary-General met with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Brussels on Wednesday.

Ban Ki-moon expressed concern over the reports of heavy fighting on the country's border with Eritrea.

He urged "the continued application of restraint and a peaceful resolution through political means." according to information provided by his spokesperson.

The UN chief also expressed gratitude for the Ethiopian troops serving at the African Union Mission in Somalia.

He highlighted the "critical importance" of staying committed to the mission's efforts as Somalia prepares for federal elections this year.

Mr Ban also emphasised the need for sustained implementation of the peace agreement in South Sudan.

Ethiopia, together with Kenya and Uganda, mediated negotiations that led to the August 2015 accord.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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