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04 Feb 2008 description
report UN News Service

Given the critical fuel levels impeding the work of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the mission will start relocating from Eritrea if that country's Government does not lift its restrictions by Wednesday.

In a letter sent to the Security Council last Friday, Mr.

04 Feb 2008 description
report UN Security Council

SC/9240

The following Security Council press statement on Ethiopia and Eritrea was read out today by Council President Ricardo Alberto Arias ( Panama):

The members of the Security Council recall the adoption on Wednesday, 30 January, of resolution 1798 (2008) extending the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) for a period of six months and demanding that both countries immediately take concrete steps in order to complete the …

01 Feb 2008 description
report UN Security Council

S/2008/66

I refer to my letter dated 21 January 2008 drawing the attention of the Security Council to the critical fuel crisis facing the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE). As indicated in that letter, I also sent a letter to Isaias Afwerki, President of Eritrea, on 21 January, as a last resort, appealing for his personal intervention to facilitate the resumption of fuel delivery to the Mission, which was completely stopped by the Eritrean authorities on 1 December 2007.

I regret to inform you that I have yet to receive a response to my letter to President …

30 Jan 2008 description

New York, 30 January: The Security Council voted today for a six-month extension of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE).

The Council unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the two sides to "show maximum restraint and refrain from any threat or use of force against each other, avoid provocative military activities and put an end to the exchange of hostile statements."

The Council emphasized that "Eritrea and Ethiopia bear the primary responsibility for achieving a comprehensive and lasting settlement of the border dispute and …

30 Jan 2008 description
report UN Security Council

SC/9237

Expressing its deep concern about the continuing dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea and the tense security situation in the Temporary Security Zone and adjacent areas, the Security Council this afternoon extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) for a period of six months, until 31 July 2008.

Unanimously adopting resolution 1798 (2008), the Council called upon the parties to show maximum restraint and refrain from any threat or use of force against each other, avoid provocative military activities, and put an end to the exchange of …

25 Jan 2008 description
report UN News Service

Eritrea's fuel restrictions imposed on the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) is paralyzing the work of the mission and could force it to withdraw from that side of the disputed border between the two countries, a UN official warned today.

Azouz Ennifar, UNMEE's acting head, told journalists after briefing the Security Council that the mission has not been able to obtain fresh supplies of fuel in Eritrea since 1 December last year.

"These restrictions are paralyzing the mission and its movements and making the living conditions of our civilian and …

16 Jan 2008 description

(adds ethiopian no comment)

ASMARA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Eritrea has accepted a "virtual demarcation" of its border with Ethiopia and wants Addis Ababa to remove its troops from Eritrean soil, a statement published on Wednesday said.

The two nations have been deadlocked over a 1,000 km (620 mile) border since a 2002 decision by an independent boundary commission gave the flashpoint town of Badme to Eritrea.

The Hague-based commission -- set up by a peace deal ending the 1998-2000 war -- "virtually" demarcated the border late last year based on the 2002 decision …

28 Dec 2007 description
report European Union
  1. The European Union (EU), aware of its responsibilities under the Algiers Agreement and willing to facilitate the solution of the existing difficulties in the relations between the two Countries, reiterates its unwavering commitment to support efforts to promote sustainable peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

    2. In this respect, the EU strongly urges both parties to refrain from any threat or use of force and to resolve their differences by peaceful means.

    3.

14 Dec 2007 description

On 14 December 2007, 368 persons were repatriated from Eritrea to Ethiopia under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

This number includes a former prisoner of war who recently requested to be repatriated. In the same operation, 10 civilians were repatriated from Ethiopia to Eritrea.

Acting in its capacity as a neutral and independent intermediary, the ICRC carried out the repatriation based on the consent of each individual, and with the cooperation of the authorities on both sides of the border.

10 Dec 2007 description
report Voice of America

By Nick Wadhams

An Eritrean human rights group is accusing the governments of Sudan and Eritrea of working together to round up and deport Eritreans who have sought refuge from Eritrea's authoritarian government. Nick Wadhams has the story from Nairobi.

The Netherlands-based Eritrean Research and Documentation Center says Eritrean security forces are illegally monitoring Eritrean refugees, many of whom it says defected from the Eritrean Air Defense forces.

In a letter to the U.N.

28 Nov 2007 description

Nov 28 (Reuters) - Tensions between Ethiopia and Eritrea have ratcheted up in recent weeks with the approach of Friday's deadline set by an independent border commission to physically mark their disputed frontier.

Security experts have estimated that both Horn of Africa neighbours moved at least 100,000 troops to the 1,000 km (620 mile) border.

The 1998-2000 border conflict between the two nations claimed some 70,000 lives but the dispute over the frontier was never resolved.

Here are some key facts:

WHAT HAS HAPPENED:

1952 - Eritrea, a former Italian colony and U.N.

28 Nov 2007 description

Rising tensions over a historic region may pull Ethiopia and Eritrea back into conflict, with the both sides placing blame on the other and a UN commission stuck in the middle.

By Daniel Auma in Nairobi for ISN Security Watch (28/11/07)

The thin line between a potential border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea hinges on the identification of the families living in Badme, a disputed territory, considered "historic and symbolic" by the two rival states.

27 Nov 2007 description

By Tsegaye Tadesse

ADDIS ABABA, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Three days before a deadline for demarcating their disputed border, Ethiopia said on Tuesday it had no plans for another bout of fighting with arch-foe Eritrea but would crush any attempt by Asmara to invade.

Tensions between the Horn of African neighbours have ratcheted up in recent weeks with the approach of the Nov. 30 deadline set by an independent border commission to physically mark their disputed frontier.

"Ethiopia has no reason to launch another war against Eritrea.

21 Nov 2007 description

By Jack Kimball

ASMARA, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Eritrea said on Wednesday arch-foe Ethiopia had "long since declared war" on Asmara by refusing to implement a five-year-old border ruling marking their shared frontier.

Analysts and diplomats fear heightened tensions on the Horn of Africa rivals' frontier could erupt into a new conflict seven years after they fought a war that killed some 70,000 people.

"In undermining the values of international agreements and refusing to withdraw from sovereign Eritrean territories, the TPLF regime (Ethiopia) has already launched an …

09 Nov 2007 description

By Tsegaye Tadesse

ADDIS ABABA, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Friday it had no plans to invade arch-foe Eritrea, even as Asmara claimed for the fourth time in two weeks that Addis Ababa was preparing to launch an assault on the Red Sea state.

Tensions between the Horn of African neighbours have ratcheted up in recent weeks and now both nations are accused of moving troops closer to their disputed frontier.

"It should always be clear that Ethiopia does not have any reason or ambition to invade Eritrea other than protecting its sovereignty and peace," Information …