Ethiopia $174m, Eritrea $161m award for war damages

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.

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