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Cablegate: Unmee Prst, April 30, 2008

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P R 301927Z APR 08
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 1576
INFO UN SECURITY COUNCIL COLLECTIVE
RUEHDS/AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA 4790
RUEHAE/AMEMBASSY ASMARA 5572

UNCLAS STATE 045915

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL UNSC KPKO ET ER
SUBJECT: UNMEE PRST, APRIL 30, 2008


1. This is an action request. USUN is instructed to join
consensus on the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE)
Presidential Statement (PRST) text in paragraph two below.

2. Begin text:

The Security Council notes that the continuation of
Eritrea,s obstructions towards UNMEE has reached a level so
as to undermine the basis of the Mission,s mandate and has
compelled UNMEE to temporarily relocate. The Security
Council recalls its previous condemnation of Eritrea,s lack
of cooperation.

The Security Council notes the underlying fundamental issues
and stands ready to assist the parties to overcome the
current stalemate, taking into account the interests and
concerns of both parties.

The Security Council will, in the light of consultations with
the parties, decide on the terms of a future UN engagement
and on the future of UNMEE.

The Security Council stresses, in accordance with its
repeated statements, that the primary responsibility for
achieving a comprehensive and lasting settlement of the
border dispute and normalizing their relations rests with the
parties themselves.

The Security Council urges both sides to show maximum
restraint and to refrain from any threat or use of force
against each other and calls upon the parties to address
forthwith the unresolved issues in accordance with the
commitments made in the Algiers Agreements.

End text.
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