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Ethiopia: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the status of the UN Peacekeeping Force located in the Ethiopia-Eritrea border zone. (206285)

The status of the UN peacekeeping mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) is currently being discussed at the UN Security Council, as the mission cannot fulfil its mandate because of the restrictions placed on it by Eritrea.

In February, UNMEE began to re-locate from the Temporary Security Zone, a strip of land between the Ethiopian and Eritrean army lines (running close to the Ethiopian/Eritrean border) established under the auspices of the Algiers Agreement. The re-location is now largely complete with just a small contingent on the Ethiopian side of the border and a small number of troops, guarding equipment, in Asmara, Eritrea.