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Eritrea: Ethiopia

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the security situation along the Eritrea-Ethiopia border. (165362)

Tension on the border is rising with more forces being deployed by both sides. We are monitoring the situation closely and urging maximum restraint by both sides and a de-escalation of their military build-up.

Eritrea continues to impose restrictions on the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea, in contravention of UN Security Council Resolution 1767, adopted unanimously on 31 July 2007. The Government continue to call on Eritrea to withdraw its troops from the temporary security zone.

We are also urging both sides to agree a way forward which will allow demarcation of the border to proceed to the normalisation of their relations.