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Cablegate: Unmee Consultations, June 23, 2008

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TO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 2254
INFO UN SECURITY COUNCIL COLLECTIVE
RUEHDS/AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA 5179
RUEHAE/AMEMBASSY ASMARA 6790

UNCLAS STATE 066730

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PBTS PREL UNSC KPKO ET ER
SUBJECT: UNMEE CONSULTATIONS, JUNE 23, 2008

1. This is an action request. USUN is instructed to draw
from the discussion elements below during UN Mission in
Ethiopia and Eritrea consultations scheduled for June 23,
2008.

Begin Elements:

-For years now, the restrictions that Eritrea has placed on
UNMEE have undermined the basis of the Mission's mandate and
have been in direct contravention of Eritrea,s obligations
to this body. It is time for the Council to close the books
on this operation, and consider what steps can be taken to
ensure stability in the region. With that in mind, I would
like to make the following three points:

-First, we would like to thank the troop contributing
countries for their sustained support even during times of
increased insecurity of the Mission. We would also like to
recognize the UNMEE personnel for their hard work and
efforts, often under dangerous and precarious circumstances.


-Second, the termination of UNMEE's mandate is without
prejudice to the parties, obligations under the Algiers
Agreements. It is essential that we and Ethiopia and Eritrea
remain committed to the Algiers Agreements, and that the
parties implement them completely.
Both Ethiopia and Eritrea bear responsibility for achieving a
settlement of the border dispute and for normalizing their
relations.

-Third, tensions along the border are high, and there is no
communication between the parties. Diplomatic efforts have
yielded no progress. Therefore, this Council could consider
other arrangements that further the maintenance of peace and
security--for example, an observer mission that is based only
on one side with a primary focus on activities along the
border. To this extent, we request the Secretary General to
engage in discussions about the establishment of a possible
UN presence.


End Elements.
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