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Vol 49 No 17

Published 22nd August 2008


Eritrea

Bristling border

The United Nations has given up, the parties will not talk and the troops are face to face

The risk of another war between Ethiopia and Eritrea grew on 31 July, when the United Nations Security Council closed its mission along the border, the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea. UNMEE's job was to watch over the 25 kilometre-wide Temporary Security Zone within Eritrea, established to keep the two armies apart when their war ended in 2000. Its mandate was laid down under the Algiers Agreements of June and December that year, and included monitoring the TSZ and providing security for the Eritrea- Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) to demarcate the border.

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