ERITREAN SOLDIERS BEGIN WITHDRAWL FROM FRONT LINES.
An Eritrean soldier carries his rifle and teapot as the Eritrean army begins to pull out from the frontline near Senafe on February 17, 2001. Both Eritrean and Ethiopian forces are pulling back from frontline positions to create a 25km wide, temporary security zone. This will be controlled by 4000 UN peacekeepers while the disputed border between Eritrea and Ethiopia is demarcated by an international border commission. The establishment of the buffer zone is an important step in bringing an end to the war fought by Eritrea and Ethiopia from May 1998 until June 2000.