A border dispute in the Badme area between Eritrea and Ethiopia in May 1998 broke out into a major military confrontation. Intense fighting in February 1999 caused waves of people to flee from the border areas. In July 1998 a peace proposal was formulated under the auspices of the OAU, the UN, USA and the European Union. Eritrea has accepted the proposal however Ethiopia wants further revisions to the technical aspects of its implementation (UNDP EUE 24 March 2000).
A border dispute between Eritrea and Ethiopia in the Badame area broke out into a major military confrontation in May 1998, displacing an estimated 100,000 Eritreans from the border areas (USCR 1999, p.64). Renewed fighting in February 1999 caused a new wave of displacement (RI 25 June 1999, SCF August 1999), bringing the total number of IDPs to 266,200 by the end of 1999. On 12 May 2000, Ethiopia initiated a major military offensive deep into Eritrea which forced the original IDP population to flee even further from the border.