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Ethiopia: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the size of the UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea. (165499)

The Government fully support the continuing operations of the UN peacekeeping mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE). The UK welcomed the unanimous adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1767 on 31 July 2007. Resolution 1767 set the size of UNMEE at 1,700 military personnel and set out a provision for altering the size of UNMEE if progress is made towards demarcation.

In line with Resolution 1767, the UK calls on Eritrea to withdraw immediately its troops from the temporary security zone and to reverse, without delay or pre- conditions, all restrictions on UNMEE.

The Government reiterate the importance for both Ethiopia and Eritrea to provide UNMEE with the necessary access, assistance, support and protection required for the implementation of its mandate as stated in Resolution 1767.