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Rome December 23, 2009 - "The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate General for Cooperation and Development has contributed with a financial amount of 530.000 euros to UNICEF in response to urgent humanitarian assistance in Eritrea, following the "Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme in Eritrea December 2009" intervention, that will support alimentary feeding for 104.512 under five children living in Anseba, Gash Barka and Southern Red Sea.Part regions.
POC: Alessandro Pirrone - MoFA Rome - Emergency Office on +39 3691 8153
Rome December 24, 2008 - "The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate General for Cooperation and Development has contributed with a financial amount of 200.000 to FAO to finance the Regional FAO Office in Nairobi (REOA - Regional Emergency Office for Africa) activities, including coordination in emergency response in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes regions, in close cooperation with twenty-four African countries.
Furthermore, the initiative "Initiative on Soaring Food Prices" is to facilitate the exchange of information on food safety among all …
Rome November 13, 2008 - "The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate General for Cooperation and Development has contributed with a financial amount of 385.000 euros to FAO in response to urgent humanitarian assistance in Eritrea and Djibouti.
The contribution, in particular, will improve the rehabilitation of agricultural and pastoral sector and it will cover needs identified by FAO."
POC: Alessandro Pirrone- MoFA Rome - Emergency Office on +39 3691 8153
Rome, July 21, 2008 - "The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate General for Cooperation and Development has contributed with a financial amount of 230.000 euros to ICRC in response to urgent humanitarian assistance for the population of Eritrea facing the post-war emergency, following the Project Proposal - Mine Risk Reduction Education 2008;.
The donation will cover needs identified by ICRC."
POC: Alessandro Pirrone- MoFA Rome - Emergency Office on +39 3691 8153
Rome, March 21, 2001
Eritrean troops near a tank. Rino Serri believes that both countries embarked on a race to rearm after the outbreak of war, not before.
Either Collaboration or Conflict
This is the destiny of these two countries which have to reckon with each other.
Here, the European Union's envoy for this conflict analyzes causes and possible solutions
by Roberto Rotondo and Gianni Cardinale
"Because of their history, their culture, their ethnicity and their geographical positions, Ethiopia and Eritrea either have to collaborate or wage war.
Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Rino Serri and Representative of the European Union Presidency for the resolution of the Ethiopia-Eritrea conflict will be in Algiers on Sunday. He made the following statement:
"Sunday morning in Algiers, Eritrea and Ethiopia will sign the proposal of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) that ratifies the end of hostilities and the formation of a peacekeeping force.
The efforts of the many that have been working for peace have obtained a first important result that stimulates two considerations.
L'Unità, 31 May 2000
by Toni Fontana
Rome. Undersecretary of State and European Negotiator, Rino Serri begins a kind of diplomatic 'marathon' this morning in Algiers. He will meet with the Ethiopian and Eritrean delegations in an attempt to align their positions and bring an end to the fighting.
He judges the partial withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from some of the occupied areas a positive sign, but adds, "we need to arrive at a de facto end to hostilities to enable negotiations".
Rome, 28 May 2000 - With the latest arrivals, there are now 9 Italian doctors and paramedics collaborating with Eritrean authorities and international organizations to assist all displaced persons from the war torn areas in Eritrea.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Cooperation Department are setting up a refugee camp in Dbaat some 100 kilometers outside the capital where 40,000 displaced persons and refugees have already gathered. A second camp will be set up in collaboration with the Italian NGO, CRIC in the area of Dbarwa, 30 Km. South of Asmara.
Rome, 25 May 2000 - A statement by the Undersecretary of State, Rino Serri, Representative of the European Union's Presidency for the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea:
"The road leading to a peaceful resolution of the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea is being re-opened with difficulty. We mustn't be under any illusions, however, the road yet to travel continues to be difficult and tortuous.
Eritrea's response to the appeal of the Organization for African Unity is a positive signal for the resumption of negotiations.
Rome, 23 May 2000 - The first three flights of a humanitarian airlift ordered by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Lamberto Dini, to assist refugees in the area of fighting between the Ethiopian and Eritrean armed forces, reached Asmara today.
The planes carried around 100 tonnes of high-protein products.
l'Unità - 21 May 2000
by Toni Fontana
Q. Senator Serri, the OAU (Organization for African Unity) has appealed to the two warring countries to resume negotiations. Do you believe this is a realistic possibility?
A. "Yes, I think there is a chance of success. The OAU's appeal is to resume negotiations in Algiers without any preconditions. This means there should be no bias on either the Ethiopian or Eritrean side as was the case in Algiers at the beginning of may when the peace talks were interrupted.
The initiatives being undertaken by Italy during the current phase of resumed fighting between Ethiopia and Eritrea are part of a wider framework of operations that our country has long been carrying out to assist all the populations of the area.
Our Development Co-operation programmes for Ethiopia and Eritrea have provided assistance to rural areas and in the sectors of food, health, education and road infrastructure.
As part of the activities Italy carries out in support of all the populations in the Horn of Africa, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lamberto Dini, in cooperation with United Nations' agencies, has arranged for the immediate dispatch of 6 humanitarian flights to assist a new wave of refugees fleeing the area affected by the recent fighting between Eritrea and Ethiopia.
The first humanitarian flight is scheduled to arrive in Asmara next Monday with a load of high-protein biscuits.
The Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Rino Serri, who is the European Union Presidency's Representative for the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, today stated:
"Given the escalation of the conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia (which is claiming thousands of victims and has led to hundreds of thousands of displaced people and huge material and moral destruction), diplomatic efforts must be stepped up to seek a political solution.
The Algerian President Bouteflika (who is the current President-in-office of the Organisation for African Unity in charge of the …
Rome, 21 April 2000 - In order to alleviate the suffering the populations of the Horn of Africa are undergoing as a result of persistent drought, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Lamberto Dini, has given the go-ahead for the Directorate General for Development Co-operation to arrange for humanitarian aid to be flown to Ethiopia and for new operations in Eritrea.
As far as Ethiopia is concerned, planes will carry food aid, especially high protein products for infants, and other basic goods to the populations most in need.
Rome, 13 December 1999 - The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Lamberto Dini, met the President of the State of Eritrea, Isaias Afeworki at the Farnesina today. Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Rino Serri, also attended the meeting.
Talks concerned the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, with regard to which Foreign Minister Dini reaffirmed as he did last week to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia Italy's full support for the mediation action carried out by the Algerian Presidency of the Organization for African Unity.
Rome, 8 December 1999 - The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Lamberto Dini, received the Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, Seyoum Mesfin, today at the Farnesina. The talks with Mr. Mesfin, who is currently visiting Europe, were also attended by Under-Secretary of State Rino Serri.
With regard to the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea - an issue that was the focal point of the meeting - Minister Dini reaffirmed that Italy and the European Union fully backs the action taken by the Algerian Presidency of the OAU.