Nobody saw it coming, but suddenly there is finally a durable peace agreement possible between Ethiopia and his ancient enemy Eritrea, writes Yohannes Gedamu, professor of Political Science at the Georgia Gwinnet College. And that is important for the entire continent and certainly for the Horn of Africa.
The conflict escalated in May 1998, when the two countries went to war over the border town of Badme. Both countries wanted the city on their side of the border. After two years the Algiers Peace Agreement was signed, but for 16 years neither country agreed to the agreement.
Now there is light at the end of the tunnel. The new Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has promised to keep the agreement in full. This means that he is prepared to stop the hostility between the countries and clear the way for peace.