Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Djibouti/Eritrea: UN Security Council Update Report

There seems to be a considerable amount of frustration among Council members with Eritrea’s behaviour on the border conflict with Djibouti and its refusal to comply with the Council’s demands. But at the moment they seem much more concerned with Eritrea’s interference in Somalia, where the TFG is being seriously threatened by the insurgency. It seems therefore likely that discussions on any further measures against Eritrea will focus on its role in Somalia, but may also address the Djibouti border dispute.

France is the lead country on this issue in the Council.

On Tuesday 21 July Council members will meet in closed consultations to discuss the situation between Djibouti and Eritrea. A briefing by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe is expected. Eritrea has not complied with the Council’s demands in resolution 1862 that it withdraw its forces from the disputed area, acknowledge the dispute, engage in dialogue and abide by its obligations as a UN member state (the original deadline was 18 February). No immediate Council outcome is expected.

Source: 20 July 2009 Security Council Update Report on Djibouti/Eritrea


Simon said...

As they say, what goes around comes around.
I wonder why Eritrea is behaving the way it is behaving ?
Could it be because UN's arrogance and flaunting its own rules ?


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Unknown said...

Eritrea knows the game from history. When the Permanent Court of Arbitration declared in their favour over Ethiopia regarding that border dispute, Ethiopia simply ignored the ruling. And the international community did little to enforce the ruling.

Now Eritrea are enagged in another border dispute, and other activities of arguably a more serious nature in Somalia. They have concluded that the international community is unlikely to enforce its will this time either.

Ingrid J. Jones said...

Simon, Stuart, interesting comments, thanks.