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August 2000 - June 2003

Tension along the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea has often erupted in war. During the border fighting in 2000, it was estimated that over 370,000 Eritreans and approximately 350,000 Ethiopians had been affected. Peace talks on December 12, 2000 in Algiers, resulted in the signing of a comprehensive Peace Agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea and the deployment of UN troops in support of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE).

Operation ADDITION is Canada's contribution to the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE). In 2000, a 450-strong CF contingent ( Operation ECLIPSE ) helped establish the mission in a six-month commitment during which the Canadians were integrated with the Dutch contingent to form a Canadian-Dutch battle group. Six members from the Canadian Forces worked as part of an international group of 220 UN Military Observers (UNMOs) who monitor the Temporary Security Zone between the two countries.

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