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28 Jun 2000 description
report Government of Italy

30giorni

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.

15 Jun 2000 description
report Government of Italy

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.

31 May 2000 description
report Government of Italy

Courtesy translation

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".

25 May 2000 description
report Government of Italy

Courtesy translation

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.

23 May 2000 description
report Government of Italy

Courtesy translation

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.

21 May 2000 description
report Government of Italy

Courtesy translation

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.

20 May 2000 description
report Government of Italy

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.

19 May 2000 description
report Government of Italy

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.

19 May 2000 description
report Government of Italy

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 …

21 Apr 2000 description
report Government of Italy

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.

13 Dec 1999 description
report Government of Italy

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.

08 Dec 1999 description
report Government of Italy

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.