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NAIROBI, 31 December (IRIN) - Eritrea has said "shuttle diplomacy" cannot change the final and binding nature of the independent ruling on its border with Ethiopia.
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NAIROBI, 30 December (IRIN) - Eritrea has rejected accusations that it is destabilising the Horn region as empty claims, saying history shows who the aggressor is.
ADDIS ABABA, 29 December (IRIN) - Former Canadian foreign minister Lloyd Axworthy has been appointed UN special envoy to help resolve the stalled Ethiopia and Eritrea peace process, diplomatic sources said on Monday.
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ADDIS ABABA, 19 December (IRIN) - The European Union has stepped up a "twin track" approach aimed at resolving the stalled peace process between Ethiopia and Eritrea, officials said on Friday.
This report includes:
A) Middle East and Central Asia: (1) Iraq, (2) Afghanistan
B) East and Central Africa: (1) DR Congo, (2) Burundi, (3) Rwanda, (4) Uganda, (5) Sudan, (6) Eritrea, (7) Ethiopia, (8) Somalia
C) West Africa: (1) Mauritania, (2) Guinea, (3) Sierra Leone, (4) Liberia, (5) Côte d'Ivoire
D) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Namibia, (3) Angola, (4) Zambia, (5) Zimbabwe, (6) Malawi, (7) Mozambique, (8) Swaziland, (9) Lesotho, (10) Madagascar
E) Asia: (1) Bhutan, (2) Indonesia, (3) DPR Korea
1. The present report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 12 of Security Council resolution 1320 (2000) of 15 September 2000, and provides an update on developments in the peace process since my report dated 4 September 2003 (S/2003/858). The report also describes the deployment and activities of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), whose current mandate expires on 15 March 2004.
II. Status of the Temporary Security Zone and adjacent areas
UNMEE PUBLIC INFORMATION
ADDIS ABABA, 18 December (IRIN) - An independent boundary commission set up to rule on the frontier between Ethiopia and Eritrea has begun scaling down staff, the UN said on Thursday.
TORONTO / December 16, 2003 - The Canadian Catholic Organization For DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE (CCODP) is sending $530,000 to three countries in the Horn of Africa to help alleviate suffering and promote long-term development.
ADDIS ABABA, 16 December (IRIN) - Armed forces' leaders from Ethiopia and Eritrea have committed themselves to maintaining military stability between the two countries, the UN said on Monday.
The scars of the 1998-2000 border conflict with Ethiopia are all too evident in many villages and towns along the Eritrean side of the border. As part of its efforts to help people still suffering the consequences of inadequate, war-damaged infrastructure, the ICRC has repaired the badly damaged health centre at Shambuko, 30 kilometres south-east of Barentu. In Adi Quala, 90 kilometres south of Asmara, the ICRC has made substantial improvements to the water supply system. The ICRC has handed over both projects to the Eritrean authorities in the last few days.
The meeting was chaired by the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), Major-General Robert Gordon. Brigadier-General Elliot Kamteni represented the African Union (AU). Ethiopia's military delegation was led by Brigadier-General Yohannes Gebremeskel and Eritrea's military delegation by Brigadier-General Abrahaley Kifle. The meeting was conducted in a cordial atmosphere during which the political difficulties in the peace process were discussed.
Military officials from Ethiopia and Eritrea have agreed in principle to a United Nations proposal to improve the handling of border incidents, the UN mission in the area said today.