Ethio-Eritrean temporary security zone still unsettled

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN Military Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) co-ordinating bureau in Addis Ababa Thursday slammed Eritrea for its failure to establish the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) as required under a UN resolution that ended the war between the two countries.
In a statement issued in the Ethiopian capital, UNMEE said that the TSZ should have been established following the seventh UNMEE military co-ordination commission meeting held in Nairobi Wednesday.
But the Eritrean delegation had told the meeting that it does not accept the southern boundary of the TSZ as indicated on the map prepared by UNMEE.
The statement said UNMEE had presented the map showing the TSZ's southern and northern boundaries to the two sides on 21 and 22 June 2001.
The statement said Eritrea was requested to reduce the number of the police and militia forces inside the TSZ to the level that existed before the war.
However, in its reply, Eritrea said that only shortage of manpower prevented it from deploying more police and militiamen in the TSZ.

28 june 2001 14:15:00

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