President Berhe, thanked UNMEE for its eight-year-long peacekeeping presence on the border and for the humanitarian activities that successive military battalions extended to adjacent communities. The UN Security Council decided not to renew UNMEE's mandate when it expired on 30 July.
The Acting Special Representative of the Secretary General, Azouz Ennifar, also thanked the troops and those who preceded them. "This was a difficult mission but you can go home knowing that you accomplished what you were sent to do," he said. "The parties remained at peace while UN military observers were stationed in the Temporary Security Zone and adjacent areas."
Mr. Ennifar stressed that the Mission had fulfilled its mandate from the Security Council. "UNMEE's job was to ensure that the parties respected the ceasefire and to support them when they were ready to demarcate their border," he said. "The Secretary General has mad