Security zone between Ethiopia, Eritrea remains calm, UN mission says

28 December 2001

The United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) said today there were no troubling developments to report in the buffer zone between the two nations, which remained quiet.

"The situation in the Temporary Security Zone remains calm and stable and the peace process is on track," Rosamond Bakari, a spokesperson for the mission told a press briefing held in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, with a video link to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

UNMEE established the Zone between the two countries' armed forces in April 2001. The UN Mission patrols and monitors the area, while a neutral boundary commission, composed of international jurists chosen by the countries, delineates the border.

In a recent report to the Security Council, Secretary-General Kofi Annan stressed that the security zone continued to function successfully, despite accusations of military build-ups by both sides and rising tensions in the mission area.

The Security Council is scheduled to meet to discuss that report on 15 January 2002.