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Both IRIN and ARB state that despite the agreement, both countries remain suspicious (13 December 2000); ARB Jan. 2001). However, at the end of December 2000, 2,055 Ethiopian civilians were repatriated from Eritrea under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and 1414 Eritrean civilians were repatriated on 23 December (ARB Jan. 2001, 14215). Each party forwarded its claims and evidence to the Secretary who provided the EEBC with its findings based on that evidence and identified those parts of the border where there does not appear to be any dispute between the parties. In case of disagreement, the parties submitted written and oral statements and any additional evidence directly to the EEBC. Article I: The parties shall put a lasting end to hostilities between them. The Parties shall respect and fully implement the provisions of the Agreement concerning the cessation of hostilities. The Algiers Agreement was a peace agreement between the Eritrean and Ethiopian governments, signed in Algiers, Algeria, on December 12, 2000, to formally end the Eritrean-Ethiopian War, a border war waged by the two countries from 1998 to 2000. In that agreement, both parties reaffirmed the agreement on cessation of hostilities signed on 18 June 2000.  However, from September 2007, Ethiopia found Eritrea to be in violation of the agreement and warned that it could use it as a ground for denouncing or suspending the agreement.
 In December 2007, an estimated 4,000 Eritrean soldiers remained in the “demilitarized zone,” with another 120,000 along the border. Ethiopia had 100,000 troops at its side.  A first group of prisoners of war from both sides was repatriated on 24 [December 2000] and discussions were held with a view to the repatriation of a second batch. The ICRC`s chief delegate in Ethiopia, Alain Aeschlimann, revealed that the ICRC had previously “visited and registered” more than 2,600 Eritrean prisoners in Ethiopia and more than 1,000 Eritreans in Ethiopia. A total of 2,881 Ethiopian and Eritrean prisoners were awaiting repatriation to their respective countries (ibid.). An IRIN report described the signing of the peace agreement, applications were submitted to the Commission by each of the parties in their own name and on behalf of their nationals within one year of the date of entry into force of the agreement and, with certain exceptions, the Commission should be the only forum for such claims. In appropriate cases, the parties could assert rights on behalf of persons of Eritrean or Ethiopian origin who are not nationals. . .