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29 Dec 2005 description
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The military situation in the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) separating Ethiopia and Eritrea remains 'tense and potentially volatile,' a spokesman for the United Nations peacekeeping mission there, which has been forced to relocate some staff because of Eritrean demands, said today.

Troop movements have been noticed on both the Ethiopian and Eritrean sides, an UNMEE spokesman told a press briefing in the region today.

27 Dec 2005 description

Eritrea and Ethiopia could face UN sanctions if they don't take steps to avert war.

By Abraham McLaughlin | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA -- On the surface, the reasons for rising tensions between the African nation of Ethiopia and its tiny neighbor, Eritrea, may seem trivial.

22 Dec 2005 description
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The military situation in and around the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) that separates Ethiopian and Eritrean forces remains tense and potentially volatile, even though Ethiopian troops have started pulling back in accordance with Security Council demands, the United Nations mission keeping the truce in the region said today.

16 Dec 2005 description
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[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

16 Dec 2005 description
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As staff members of the United Nations mission meant to keep the truce between Ethiopia and Eritrea began pulling out of Eritrea for security reasons following new restrictions placed on them by that Government, the head of UN peacekeeping stressed that the Mission is at a critical crossroads.

15 Dec 2005 description

A near verbatim transcript of the press briefing held by the Spokeswoman and Chief of Public Information, Gail Bindley-Taylor-Sainté in Asmara, via videoconference linking participants in Addis Ababa and Asmara.

14 Dec 2005 description
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[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

14 Dec 2005 description
report UN Security Council

Council 'Strongly Condemns Eritrea 's Unacceptable Actions and Restrictions'; Intends to Maintain UN Military Presence in Eritrea , Pending Review of Plans
SC/8584

Security Council

13 Dec 2005 description

Nearly 12 million people are in need of assistance - FAO publishes new Africa report

13 Dec 2005 description

By Tsegaye Tadesse

ADDIS ABABA, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi told parliament on Tuesday his government would redeploy troops away from the tense border with Eritrea in compliance with a U.N. Security Council request.

"In respect to the request by the U.N.

12 Dec 2005 description
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The top United Nations officials travelling to the Horn of Africa at the urgent request of Secretary-General Kofi Annan to diffuse the crisis caused when Eritrea requested the pullout of peacekeeping personnel of certain nationalities have arrived in the capital of that country, Asmara.

09 Dec 2005 description
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Two top United Nations officials are expected to arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday and in Eritrea Tuesday, acting on the urgent request of Secretary-General Kofi Annan to ease tensions after Eritrea requested the pullout of personnel of certain national origin.

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), and General Randir Kumar Mehta, the UN military advisor, plan to interview UN staff in both countries to assess the situation between Ethiopia and Eritrea, whose ongoing border dispute erupted into war between 1998 and 2000.

They have …

09 Dec 2005 description
report Xinhua

ADDIS ABABA, Dec 9, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin said Friday Ethiopia is prepared to redeploy its forces consistent with the instruction of the UN Security Council.

"Though we have seen no encouraging signs from Eritrea even after Resolution 1640 has been adopted, Ethiopia is convinced that its compliance with the Security Council's instruction is necessary even if doing so might have some risk for Ethiopia's security," Seyoum said.

08 Dec 2005 description
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Following the UN's rejection yesterday of Eritrea's request for the pullout of personnel of specified nationalities, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided to send two top United Nations officials to the Horn of Africa to assess the situation on the ground and suggest next steps to improve it, a spokesman for the world body said today.

Mr.

08 Dec 2005 description

A near verbatim transcript of the press briefing held by the Spokeswoman and Chief of Public Information, Gail Bindley-Taylor-Sainté in Asmara, via videoconference linking participants in Addis Ababa and Asmara. Present at the briefing in Asmara were UNMEE Officer- in-Charge Joel Adechi and UNMEE Force Commander Major General Rajender Singh.

POLITICAL

On 7 December, Officer in Charge-UNMEE/Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG), Joel Adechi met with the French Defence Attaché to Djibouti, who was on a visiting trip to Eritrea.

01 Dec 2005 description

A near verbatim transcript of the press briefing held by the Spokeswoman and Chief of Public Information, Gail Bindley-Taylor-Sainté in Asmara, via videoconference linking participants in Addis Ababa and Asmara. Present at the briefing in Asmara was UNMEE Force Commander Major General Rajender Singh.

01 Dec 2005 description
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Troop movements have been noticed on both sides of the Eritrean-Ethiopian border, where the two countries fought a war from 1998 to 2000, and where restrictions on United Nations peacekeeping patrols continue, with many being prevented from going off main roads to carry out their monitoring functions.