Faced with intransigence, Annan suggests cuts to UN Ethiopian-Eritrean peace mission

Faced with Ethiopia’s refusal to implement the binding decisions of a Boundary Commission and Eritrea’s imposition of “harsh, humiliating impediments,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan is proposing a major reduction in the United Nations mission monitoring the ceasefire that ended the border war between the two countries six years ago.

Eritrean families to benefit from scheme backed by UN rural development arm

The United Nations agricultural development agency signed an agreement today with Eritrea to allow more than 200,000 families from the African country who have been hard hit by years of war and drought to participate in a programme designed to raise productivity and boost rural incomes.

Eritrean fatally shot after entering UN post in border zone with Ethiopia

Two Eritreans forcibly entered a post of the United Nations peacekeeping force overseeing the ceasefire along the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia over the weekend, and one of them was fatally shot when UN military personnel responded, the UN mission reported today.

Eritrean-Ethiopian border zone is volatile after troop deployment, says UN mission

The situation inside the buffer zone along the disputed border between Eritrea and Ethiopia has become volatile after Eritrea moved 1,500 troops and 14 tanks into the area, the United Nations peacekeeping mission to the two countries reported today.

Eritrea: UN relief official calls for long-term solution to chronic food shortages

A senior United Nations relief official wrapped up a five-day visit to Eritrea today, stressing the need for stronger links between humanitarian assistance and long-term measures to address the underlying causes of food shortages in the poor East African country.

Security Council urges Eritrea to ‘immediately withdraw’ troops from zone with Ethiopia

Expressing deep concern over reports that Eritrea has moved around 1,500 troops and 15 tanks into the Temporary Security Zone with Ethiopia, the United Nations Security Council today called for them to be withdrawn and urged both sides to exercise restraint in their long-standing border dispute that erupted into a two-year war in 1998.

In ‘major’ ceasefire breach, Eritrean troops move into security zone with Ethiopia – UN

Eritrean troops have moved some 1,500 troops and 14 tanks into the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) separating the East African country from Ethiopia in “a major breach” of the ceasefire that ended the two-year border war between the two from 1998-2000, the United Nations reported today.

UN relief official to visit Eritrea to help improve food security

A senior United Nations relief official arrives in Eritrea tomorrow for a six-day visit to assess the food situation in the East African country, where recent rains should mitigate the impact of drought while the “no-war-no-peace” status of the conflict with Ethiopia is aggravating the vulnerability of people in some areas.

Eritrea releases UN Volunteer detained for more than five weeks

The United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) welcomed today’s decision by Eritrea to release and hand over a UN Volunteer it had detained for more than five weeks.

Acting UN envoy to Ethiopia and Eritrea delivers Annan’s latest report to the Council

The acting United Nations envoy to Ethiopia and Eritrea today delivered Secretary-General Kofi Annan's latest report on the border dispute between the two countries - where he recommended extending the UN monitoring mission for six months and warned of potential disaster if the "untenable" stalemate is not resolved - to the Security Council.