UN chief welcomes ‘positive steps’ towards peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia

UN Photo/Jorge Aramburu
An armoured personnel carrier from the Netherlands and Canadian Battalion (NECBAT), part of the UN Mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia (UNMEE), patrols the Temporary Security Zone, a buffer area along the countries’ common border (1 June 2001).

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.

The United Nations has announced its readiness to support Eritrea and Ethiopia following recent peace overtures between the two neighbouring States in the Horn of Africa.

Ethiopia this month announced its readiness to accept and implement a 2002 border agreement that ended two years of bloody conflict, in which thousands died. Without a deal, skirmishes continued at the border, with Eritrea reportedly remaining on a war-footing.

In a speech delivered this week, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki announced plans to send a delegation to Addis Ababa “to gauge current developments directly and in depth, as well as to chart out a plan for continuous future action”, according to media reports.

In a statement released by his Spokesperson on Thursday, the UN Secretary-General welcomed the “positive steps” taken to resolve outstanding issues regarding the normalization of relations between the two countries.

António Guterres also commended efforts by their leaders “to achieve sustainable peace and good-neighbourly relations which, in turn, will have positive repercussions in the entire Horn of Africa region”.

The UN chief also underlined his readiness to provide “all support that may contribute to advancing and consolidating” engagement between the two countries, the statement continued.

Tens of thousands of people were killed in the two years of war between Ethiopia and Eritrea, which began in 1998 over a border dispute.

The UN deployed a peacekeeping mission to the region, UNMEE, whose mandate included monitoring the cessation of hostilities, providing mine action assistance and coordinating humanitarian and human rights activities.

The operation was established in 2000 and was terminated by the Security Council eight years later following “obstructions” by Eritrea that undermined the mission’s mandate.


the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

The 4 biggest challenges to our higher education model – and what to do about them

Adriatic Sea: MEPs adopt multiannual plan for fisheries

Empathic AI could be the next stage in human evolution – if we get it right

Parliament names radio studio after journalists murdered in December attack

The Stray

Better air pollution data is helping us all breathe easier. Here’s how

The use of technology in medicine: How to not deconstruct our ethics

Escalation in Syria fighting cause for ‘great concern’ says UN chief, dozens more civilians dead or injured

UN postal agency ‘regrets’ US withdrawal

These clothes were designed by artificial intelligence

How businesses can navigate a global economic slowdown

Merkel’s triumph will make Berlin more unbending

Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance on implementing the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU

Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas death toll expected to rise as thousands remain missing

Who is to pay for Trump’s trade war against China?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing how we grow, buy and choose what we eat

What is the Coral Triangle?

Gender equality within junior enterprises: the effect of President’s gender

ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly: strengthening the partnership

Practicing healthcare through a global lens

Here’s how blockchain could stop corrupt officials from stealing school lunches

Pay packet inequality growing worldwide, says new UN report

This company helps women to become solar entrepreneurs

Tackling youth unemployment through the eyes of a European entrepreneur

The EU Commission fails to draw the right conclusions about corruption

EU Parliament approves CETA: the EU-Canada free trade deal sees the light in Trump’s gloomy era

Eight years in, Syria still embroiled in conflict ‘that no longer sparks outrage’, Security Council hears

MEPs and EU ministers agree on closing information gaps to enhance security

EU and African leaders to jointly tackle the migration crisis across the Mediterranean

3 reasons we should all care about biodiversity

FIRST PERSON: An artist’s ‘obsession’ with New Orleans tradition

Embracing the diversity in a multicultural city of Romania

Action needed to end deadly clashes between African herders and farmers: UN chief

Public Health equality in a trench

The fires in the Brazilian amazon rainforest may be related to the increase in the number of hospitalizations for respiratory complications in the state of PARÁ

The EU pretends not knowing what happens in the Western Balkans

On Grexit: Incompetence just launched the historic Ultimatum that could open “pandora’s box”

High-tech or ‘high-touch’: UK survey gives clues to the jobs of the future

Coronavirus containment is the key, as infections tick up: Tedros

Here’s how a circular economy could change the world by 2030

How data can empower patients to personalize and improve their cancer treatment

Erasmus+: an expected budget of €3 billion to be invested in young Europeans and to help create European Universities in 2019

Rule of Law: European Commission takes new step to protect judges in Poland against political control

These are the world’s most positive countries

My disability, my identity

Trump’s MAGA policy remains unchanged as EU warns to impose additional retaliation tariffs on US products

EU-China relations under investigation?

Did young people just kill television?

Assembly President launches new initiative to purge plastics and purify oceans

EU prepares for the worst case scenario as Turkey seems to be withdrawing from the migration deal

More taxpayers’ money for the banks

‘Action and tangible progress’ needed to finally ‘win the peace’ for Syrians: UN envoy

AIESEC @ European Business Summit 2015: The power of an individual and how we can awaken Europe’s Youth

Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges MEPs to put words into action

3 megatrends for the factories of the future

Less than half of EU travellers are aware of EU Passenger Rights

Congrats to the #FutureofMalta: a new age of voting

7 shocking statistics that show the cost of corruption

Good grub: why we might be eating insects soon

TTIP’s 11th round starts in Miami but EU-US businesses see no sunny side

More Stings?


Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s