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13 Oct 2008 description
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has transmitted to the Security Council the last report issued by the independent commission on Ethiopia and Eritrea's common boundary.

In 2002, the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission handed down a final and binding decision awarding Badme, the town that triggered fierce fighting between the neighbouring Horn of Africa nations, to Eritrea.

22 Apr 2008 description
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Ethiopia and Eritrea are primarily responsible for settling their border dispute and must follow up on the commitments they made in an accord in 2000, the top United Nations peacekeeping official stressed today.

11 Apr 2008 description
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has outlined four options for the future of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), including the possibility of axing the mission, because of restrictions imposed by Eritrea on its side of the disputed border.

In a special report on UNMEE, released today, Mr. Ban warns that none of the options are ideal as they all bear serious risks and would not resolve the impasse created by the Eritrean restrictions.

14 Mar 2008 description
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The Security Council has called for Eritrea's full cooperation in the temporary relocation of the personnel and equipment of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE).

'The members of the Council recognize the difficult burden which has been carried by the UN troops being relocated and express their appreciation to the troop-contributing countries,' Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia, which currently holds the rotating monthly presidency of the 15-member body, told reporters after a closed meeting yesterday.

The Council was briefed by …

11 Mar 2008 description
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More than 700 peacekeepers have been temporarily relocated to their home countries from Eritrea, the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) reported.

A total of 397 Jordanian blue helmets and 305 Indian troops have returned to their respective countries, and the Mission notes that more flights out of Asmara are scheduled for next week to fly remaining UN personnel in Eritrea home.

The decision to temporarily move UN personnel and equipment out of Eritrea was made last month after the country cut off fuel supplies to UNMEE, paralyzing the operation on that side of …

27 Feb 2008 description
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No new restrictions have been reported today from Eritrea on the regrouping of the United Nations peacekeepers there in preparation for their temporary relocation to Ethiopia, though the vehicles blocked yesterday were unable to complete their tasks.

According to the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), the majority of peacekeepers from the Jordanian, Indian and Kenyan battalions, along with most military observers, have now relocated to Eritrea's capital, Asmara, from the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) that separates the two countries, which fought a bloody border war that …

22 Feb 2008 description
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With Eritrea still hindering the temporary relocation of United Nations peacekeepers to Ethiopia, the UN mission to the two countries said today that there were as yet no obstructions to its regrouping in the Eritrean capital of Asmara.

UN convoys en route to Asmara are moving troops, equipment and supplies from all sectors of the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) that divides the Horn of Africa countries which fought a bloody border war that ended in 2000, according to the UN Mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE).

Earlier this month, UNMEE decided to relocate to Ethiopia after Eritrea …

21 Feb 2008 description
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Eritrea is still blocking the temporary move of the United Nations peacekeeping mission across the border to Ethiopia, the mission to the neighbouring Horn of Africa countries reported today, as UN blue helmets and other personnel continued to regroup in Asmara to facilitate the relocation.

The UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) said that Eritrean militiamen have held back a vehicle carrying two peacekeepers attempting to travel to Asmara from the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ), and they could not proceed until Asmara had given instructions.

Four armoured personnel carriers …

19 Feb 2008 description
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The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) will be regrouping its personnel and equipment in Asmara in a bid to facilitate its relocation because of Eritrea's lack of cooperation in the efforts of blue helmets to temporarily move across the border to Ethiopia.

The Security Council and troop contributing countries were informed of this last Friday, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe said at a press briefing in New York today.

UNMEE began regrouping this weekend, but two flatbed trucks carrying armoured personnel carriers from Om Hajer, a border post in the …

04 Feb 2008 description
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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.

25 Jan 2008 description
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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 …

07 Nov 2007 description
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The continuing tensions between Ethiopia and Eritrea, the failure to resolve their longstanding boundary dispute and the military build-up along their common border are causes for serious concern, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon states in a new report.

"There is no other option but for the two parties to find common ground that would allow the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission to proceed with the demarcation of the border," Mr.

11 Oct 2007 description
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Voicing his concern at escalating tensions between Ethiopia and Eritrea, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the two East African neighbours to show maximum restraint and abide by the accords that ended their border war seven years ago.

Of particular concern are "recent shooting incidents, as well as the building up of military forces in the border area," according to a statement issued by Mr.

24 Jan 2007 description
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The United Nations mission monitoring the ceasefire that ended the border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 2000 should be extended for another six months as the stalemate in the peace process shows no sign of ending, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report on the mission's operations.

The continuing impasse has the potential to not only lead to renewed hostilities between the two nations, but to destabilize the wider region, especially given the recent developments in neighbouring …

20 Oct 2006 description
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The situation inside the buffer zone along the disputed border between Eritrea and Ethiopia has become volatile after Eritrea moved 1,500 troops and 14 tanks into the area, the United Nations peacekeeping mission to the two countries reported today.

Besides the large-scale arrival of troops and tanks on Monday, both Eritrea and Ethiopia continue to conduct troop movements on their sides of the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ), according to a press briefing by the UN Mission, known as UNMEE, in the Eritrean capital Asmara.

Eritrea has maintained its ban on UNMEE helicopters and the …

17 Oct 2006 description
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Eritrean troops have moved some 1,500 troops and 14 tanks into the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) separating the East African country from Ethiopia in "a major breach" of the ceasefire that ended the two-year border war between the two from 1998-2000, the United Nations reported today.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on Eritrea to withdraw its troops from the Zone immediately.

27 Sep 2006 description
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Eritrea must withdraw its troops from the temporary security zone along its border with Ethiopia and renounce the use of force to resolve the conflict between the two nations before genuine dialogue to solve that dispute can begin, Ethiopia's Ambassador Negash Kebret told the General Assembly today.

Mr.

26 Sep 2006 description
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The acting United Nations envoy to Ethiopia and Eritrea today delivered Secretary-General Kofi Annan's latest report on the border dispute between the two countries - where he recommended extending the UN monitoring mission for six months and warned of potential disaster if the "untenable" stalemate is not resolved - to the Security Council.

"Azouz Ennifar, the acting Special Representative dealing with the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) briefed …

02 Aug 2006 description
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A senior United Nations envoy has pledged the world body's continued efforts to fulfil its mandate in Ethiopia and Eritrea, where UN blue helmets are monitoring a ceasefire along the disputed border between the two Horn of Africa countries.

At a meeting on Sunday in Nairobi, the Officer-in-Charge of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Azouz Ennifar, said the operation will do its best to fulfill its mandate and "do whatever is possible under the circumstances" despite a recent downsizing.

02 Jun 2006 description
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Senior officials of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) have expressed disappointment at the Security Council's recent decision to cut the forces at their disposal to monitor the ceasefire along the disputed border over which the East African countries fought a two-year war from 1998-2000.

"We are disappointed that we are not to keep as many forces as we have today, but this is a decision that we were expecting for some time," Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Deputy Special Representative Azouz Ennifar said of the Council's decision …