AP Aug 18, AMSTERDAM – An international panel has awarded hefty damages to both Ethiopia and Eritrea for deaths, ill treatment of prisoners and civilians and the destruction of property during their 1998-2000 war.
The commission set up by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague awarded Ethiopia slightly more than Eritrea, and blamed the breakaway nation for invading Ethiopian-held territory and starting the conflict.
Ethiopia won damages totaling $174 million. Eritrea is to receive more than $161 million and $2 million to individuals.
Both sides accepted the awards published Tuesday. Ethiopia says Eritrea must pay it the $10 million difference.
The two countries agreed to arbitration as part of a 2000 peace agreement.