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Cablegate: Djibouti Publicly Announces Eritrean Border Incursion

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SUBJECT: DJIBOUTI PUBLICLY ANNOUNCES ERITREAN BORDER INCURSION

REF: A) DJIBOUTI 427
B) DJIBOUTI 424

1. Embassy received via diplomatic note April 30 from the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs a statement and chronology of events
regarding the Djibouti/Eritrean border dispute (reftels).

2. BEGIN EMBASSY TRANSLATION:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
presents its compliments to the accredited Embassies to the
Republic of Djibouti and has the honor to inform them that:

Following the incursion of the Eritrean Armed Forces into
Djiboutian territory, more specifically into the Ras Doumeira
area, north of Obock city, which the government of the Republic
of Djibouti noted on April 18, 2008;

Anxious to preserve the path of dialogue and consultation, the
Government of the Republic of Djibout has, since April 18, 2008,
undertaken diplomatic efforts on several levels with the
Eritrean government to find a diplomatic solution for the border
dispute.

Bilateral diplomatic contacts initiated over ten days ago have
not seen any positive development, and have led to a fragile
status quo situation at the border, where the Armed Forces of
the two countries are face-to-face.

In regard of this situation which we consider as volatile, and
considering the persistence of the Eritrean Armed Forces in this
violation of the territory of the Republic of Djibouti;

The government of the Republic of Djibouti has decided to
officially inform the International Community of the situation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
avails itself of this opportunity to renew its assurances of
high consideration to the Embassies accredited to the Republic
of Djibouti.

?Border Crisis between Djibouti and Eritrea: Chronology of
Events?:

February 8, 2008

The Obock administrative authorities noticed civil engineering
works on the other side of the border, ie. the Eritrean side.
When asked by Djiboutians, the Eritreans stated that they were
building a road that would connect Assab to Obock, through
Raheyta.

April 4, 2008
Eritrean public works vehicles crossed the border and started
works on Ras Doumeira.

April 5, 2008:
The Prefect of Obock and the Chief of the Djiboutian Armed
Forces Regiment stationed in Obock decided to visit Doumeira in
order to inquire about the situation. The Eritrean Army
positioned on Ras Doumeira drove them back and prohibited access
the mountain.

April 5 ? 17, 2008
From April 5, negotiations between the two regional authorities
began in order to understand the reasons for this encroachment
of the Djiboutian territory.

April 17, 2008
With no results from these negotiations, the Djiboutian
government decided, on April 18, to take diplomatic steps at the
highest level. For the next 5 days: Meeting with Eritrean
Ambassador in Djibouti, message sent to the Eritrean government
through the Djiboutian Ambassador in Asmara, phone calls
between the two Presidents and meeting between both Foreign
Affairs Ministers on April 21 in Djibouti.

April 22, 2008
The President of the Republic led a ministerial delegation to
Ras Doumeira to note that the Eritrean Armed Forces have

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completely occupied Ras Doumeira, built barracks, trenches, and
fortifications made of basaltic rock, and that speedboats armed
with cannons and a patrol boat were also seen docked in the
adjacent creek.

Djiboutian Forces have received the order to proceed up the
Djiboutian side of Ras Doumeira. Eritrean Forces fell back a few
tens of meters to the other side.

The diplomatic negotiations went on without any tangible
results. The Eritrean government refuses categorically to hold
any discussion or diplomatic meeting.

April 30, 2008
The Djiboutian government has decided to ask for arbitration
from the international Community.

END EMBASSY TRANSLATION.

SYMINGTON

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