The Secretary-General presented to the members of the Security Council a progress report as of 19 June
2001 (S/2001/608) on the situation between Ethiopia -Eritrea.
The Council members noted the Secretary-General’s observations that on-the-ground situation has remained
generally calm and commended the parties and UNMEE for progress achieved so far. They viewed that
establishment of Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) and functioning of Boundary Commission and Claims
Commission testified commitment of both countries to the peace process. In that regard, the members
strongly supported SRSG Legawaila’s continuing efforts.
However, the Security Council members expressed its serious concern over excessive deployment of Eritrean
militia and policemen in the TSZ as well as the parties’ failure to agree on the precise boundaries of the TSZ.
The members also urged the parties to strictly abide by with the final map that UNMEE has provided to
Members of the Security Council reiterated its call on the countries to early establish a direct air corridor
between Asmara and Addis Ababa. At the same time, both parties, particularly Eritrea, are urged to ensure
UNMEE’s freedom of movement. Council members also urged Eritrea to sign the status-of-forces agreement
and stressed that both governments should fulfil their financial obligations to the Boundary Commission’s
Noting the progress made in demining, the Council members called upon both Eritrea and Ethiopia and the
international community to contribute more – financially and otherwise – to ensure full demining of TSZ
and its adjacent areas for safety of returning internally displaced persons (IDPs) and peacekeepers.
In view of the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Eritrea and Ethiopia, the Security Council members
urged the international community to respond generously to the United Nations Country Teams’ appeal for
The Council members encouraged the parties, in cooperation with UNMEE, to explore and pursue a range of
confidence building measures and to approach the peace process in a constructive manner without resorting