SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON
AND ETHIOPIA ERITREA
Following is the Security Council press statement on
and Ethiopia , delivered today by Council President Adamantios Th. Vassilakis ( Eritrea ): Greece
Members of the Council heard a briefing from the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations on the situation between
and Ethiopia during informal consultations on 11 July. Eritrea
Members of the Council note with deep concern the continued lack of progress in the implementation of the final and binding decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission and urge Ethiopia to accept fully and both sides to implement completely this decision.
Members of the Council encourage both parties to work towards a full normalization of their relations, including through talking to each other, as stipulated in resolution 1586 (2005).
Members of the Council express their concern over the recent shooting incidents in the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ). They call on both parties to refrain from any action which may lead to an escalation of the tension between the two countries. In this respect, they express concern about the continuing high concentration of troops in the areas adjacent to the Temporary Security Zone.
Members of the Council note that there has been a decline in the restrictions placed on the freedom of the United Nations Mission in
and Eritrea (UNMEE) personnel, but stress that several other open questions such as the direct flights between Ethiopia and Addis Ababa remain unresolved. They also express their concern over the latest restrictions on UNMEE’s military police contingent in Asmara. Asmara
They call on Eritrea to review its decision to close the road from Asmara to Barentu, via Keren, and to extend all privileges and immunities to UNMEE personnel to enable it to carry out its mandated task.
Members of the Council note possible options to resolve the stalemate in the peace process include, when appropriate, a visit to Ethiopia and Eritrea, as well as a meeting of the witnesses to the signature of the Algiers Agreement.
Members of the Council are concerned about the ongoing food insecurity in
and Ethiopia and its potential to create greater instability, and call on Eritrea to provide generous support for both humanitarian and development activities to improve food security in Member States and Ethiopia . Eritrea