Answering to questions from Jimma Times, former US ambassador to Ethiopia, Dr. David Shinn said the two Horn of Africa nations restarting war is improbable. Tensions are growing between Ethiopia and Eritrea, which have been at odds since the bloody border conflict that killed around 70 000 people. But according to Shinn “it is not in their interest to resume war.” The former U.S. ambassador opposed Eritrean government’s claims that American foreign policy in the region is emboldening Ethiopia to attack Eritrea. “I don’t believe this charge is credible. If I thought that Ethiopia intended to attack Eritrea, I might have a different opinion” said Shinn. This belief was shared by the International commission in the Hague which accused Eritrea of invading Ethiopia. Despite international reports, regional analysts also say the war was more costly than reported, as hundreds of thousands of lives might have been lost. Eritrea, which initiated the war with around 300000 troops, suffered several defeats as Ethiopia captured Barentu and a third of Eritrean territory. Accordingly, some claim Eritrea might have lost up to 150,000 troops as its remaining forces were cornered near the capital city Asmara, while Ethiopia might have lost as many soldiers as well.