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UN chief urges restraint after Ethiopia-Eritrea border clash

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Ethiopia and Eritrea on Wednesday "to exercise maximum restraint" following clashes on their disputed border. BY EDITH M. LEDERERA - Associated Press UNITED NATIONS Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Ethiopia and Eritrea on Wednesday "to

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Ethiopia and Eritrea on Wednesday “to exercise maximum restraint” following clashes on their disputed border.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Ethiopia and Eritrea on Wednesday “to exercise maximum restraint” following clashes on their disputed border.

Eritrea accused Ethiopia of “military aggression” by attacking its positions in the Tsorona Central Front, a border area that saw one of the bloodiest battles during their 1998-2000 border war. Ethiopia’s military said its troops were provoked into launching a counter-offensive after Eritrean forces fired into Ethiopian positions on Sunday.

The U.N. chief met Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Brussels on Wednesday and Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson phoned Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Mohammed.

“They urged both Governments to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from any act or statement that could exacerbate the situation,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

“They also called on both governments to resolve their differences through peaceful means, including by ensuring the full implementation of the peace agreement they signed in 2000,” he said.

Dujarric said the U.N. is available to assist in any peace efforts.

Eritrea and Ethiopia have been feuding over their border since Eritrea gained independence from the Addis Ababa government in 1993 after a 30-year guerrilla war.

A 1,700-strong U.N. force monitored a 15-mile (24-kilometer) wide, 620-mile (1,000-kilometer) long buffer zone between the Horn of Africa neighbors under the December 2000 peace agreement.

But tensions between the two countries remain high because of Ethiopia’s refusal to accept a boundary commission’s 2002 ruling on the border demarcation which awarded the key town of Badme to Eritrea. The Eritrean government progressively limited peacekeepers’ movements in response and it July 2008 the Security Council ended the peacekeeping mission.

Secretary-General Ban warned that that a new war could break out if U.N. peacekeepers withdraw.

Dujarric said the U.N. now has no way to monitor “what is actually going on along the border.”

Review overview
  • Berhe Tensea June 17, 2016

    The dictator must be restrained, and then peace and understanding will follow. The Eritrean people can’t and won’t afford another bloody war.

  • Aster Tesfai June 18, 2016

    All this destruction of wars, deaths and refugees is the result of colonial fascist Italian doing of brainwashing and making stupid Eritreans believing that they are a unique people out of this Earth. It is all the madness with poor Eritreans and Somalis that they can’t live in peace with themselves and with other peace loving neighbors as well. Ethiopians have to finish this job successfully just as they did with other troublemakers Somali of our poor region.

  • nasser a gebres June 18, 2016

    we Eritrean are the best people in the horn of Africa in any thing you named nice, beautiful, respectful educated the list goes on and on I’m proud to be Eritrean.******NASSER A GEBRES

  • Desalegn Berhe June 19, 2016

    ብሕጊ ሃገሩ ዘይመርሕ መራሒ ሃገር ኣብ ዓለምና ዝኾነ ቦታ የብሉን እዩ

    ህግደፍ ብቕዋምን ሕግን ንህዝቡ ዘየመሓድር መራሒ ሃገር ኣብ ናይ ህጋዊ ቦታ ዉድብ ሕቡራት ሃገራት ይኹን ኣብ ካልኦት ሃገራት ኢምባሲታት ብምኽፋት ሕጋዊ ኮይኑ ንኽሰርሕ ብዝኾነ ሕጋዊ መለክዒ ናይ ስራሕ ፍቓድ ክወሃቦ ዝኽእለሉ መንገዲ የለን እዩ። በዚ መሰረት ሃገረን ብቕዋምን ሕግን ዝመርሓ ሃገራት ቅዋመንን ዓይነት ሕገንን ብዘየገድስ ኣብ ዉድብ ሑቡራት ሃገራት ይኹን ኣብ ዝተፈላለየ ሃገራት ሕጋዊ ባይታ ተዋሂቡወን ተግባራተን የሰላስላን ግዴትአን ይፍጽማን ማለት እዩ።

    ቀንዲ ዕላማ ዉድብ ሑቡራት ሃገራት ክምስራት ካብ ዝደረኾ ሓደ ዓለምና ብሕገን ፍትሕን ክትመሓደር ኣለዋ ብዝብል እምነት አዩ። ብዝኾነ ዓይነት ሕግን ፍትሕን ዘይትመሓደር ምስ ሕግን ፍትሕን ዘለዎን ሃገራት ሓቢራ ድምጺ ክተስምዕ ይኹን ኣብ ክንዲ ብሕጊ ዝመሓደራ ሃገራት ድምጻ ንኽትህብ ዝኾነ ዓይነት ሕጋዊ መሰል ክህልዋ እይኽእልን እዩ። ንህግደፍ ፍቓድ ናይ ሕጋዊ ስራሕ ሂብካ ኣብ ሕጋዊ ቦታ ንኽሰርሕ ምፍቓድ ማለት ገበን ጥራሕ ዘይኮነ ናይ ገበን ገበን እዩ። ነዚ ፍጹም ናይ ዓለምና ግጉይ ኣሰራርሓዚ ከይስተውዓልናዮ ስጋብ ሕጂ ኣይጸናሕናን ይኹን ደኣምበር ተሃዊኽካ ዝግበር ነገር ስለዘይኮነ ንጊዜ ገዲፍናሉ ጸኒሕና ኢና። ንመንግስታት ዓለምናንን መራሕቲ ዉድብ ሑቡራት ሃገርን ነዚ ጉዳይዚ ብዝምልከት ስጋብ ሕጂ ተጸሚምናዮ ወላኳ እንተጸናሕና ብሕጂ ግና እኹል ኣስተምህሮ ክንህበን ምኳና ዘየጠራጥር ሓቂ እዩ።

    ስለዚ ኣብ ቀረባ እዋን ህግን ፍትሕን ብዝኽተሉ ኤርትራዊያን ነቲ ንህዝብናን ንሃገርና ኤርትራ ዝምልከት ቦታታት ንኽትክእዎ ጊዜ ርሑቕ ዘይምኻኑ ክርደኣና ይግባእ።

    “ብሕግን ፍትሕን ሃገሩ ዘየመሓድር ኣብ ናይ ሕጋዊ ቦታታት ዓለምና ንኽሳተፍ ሕጊ ኣየፍቅደሉን እዩ”