UN refugee chief leads returnees back from Sudan to Eritrea

On the final leg of a four-nation trip to Africa, United Nations refugee chief Ruud Lubbers today led a convoy of nearly 900 Eritreans home from Sudan, some of them setting foot in their home country for the first time in 30 years.

Eritrea and Ethiopia pledge to prevent further border area shootings - UN mission

Eritrea and Ethiopia today gave assurances to the United Nations that they would cooperate to avoid a reoccurrence of last weekend's deadly border area shooting, according to a report from the UN mission to both countries, known as UNMEE.

UN mission confirms shooting incident in Ethiopia-Eritrea security zone

The United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) today confirmed a report from an Eritrean officer that a shooting took place over the weekend and said it was investigating the incident.

Ethiopia-Eritrea peace process under 'stress', UN envoy says, urging calm

The top United Nations envoy for Ethiopia and Eritrea today said the peace process is under stress, appealing to the local press corps to mute the "noisy beating" of war drums and urging general calm.

Eritrean refugees will be repatriated from Sudan after rainy season - UN agency

Thousands of Eritrean refugees will leave eastern Sudan and begin the journey back to their villages when the long rainy season, which had forced the suspension of repatriation, officially ends tomorrow, the United Nations agency for refugees said today.

UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea extended 6 months

With an eye towards facilitating the successful demarcation of the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea, while maintaining stability in the region, the United Nations Security Council today extended the mandate of the UN mission in the region for six months, until 15 March 2004.

Lack of talks between Ethiopia and Eritrea endangers peace – UN envoy

Lack of direct communication between Ethiopia and Eritrea could endanger the peace process between the two countries that fought a bitter two-year long border war, and the international community must persuade them to start normalizing their relations, according to the top United Nations envoy in the region.

Security Council urges Ethiopia, Eritrea to cooperate with border demarcation

The United Nations Security Council today welcomed Ethiopia's and Eritrea's acceptance as final and binding an agreement on the delimitation of the border between the two countries, and urged them to cooperation fully with the commission responsible for demarking the boundary.

UN agency completes repatriation of Eritreans from the Sudan before rainy season

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today completed its fifth and last convoy repatriation of Eritreans from the Sudan for this season, after restarting a voluntary operation that had been suspended because of the rainy conditions.

Ethiopian and Eritrea peace process still at a critical stage - Annan

The Ethiopian-Eritrean peace process continues to be at a critical stage and lasting peace cannot be based on temporary arrangements, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report released today.