Departing peacekeepers of the Indian Batallion with head of UNMEE, Azouz Ennifar, following a farewell ceremony and presentations in Mekelle. (Photo: Ian Steele)
On 30 July 2008, the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1827 terminating the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) with effect from the following day. The Council decision came in response to crippling restrictions imposed by Eritrea on UNMEE, as well as the cutting off of fuel supplies – making it impossible for the operation to continue carrying out its mandated tasks, and putting at risk the safety and security of UN personnel.
At the same time, resolution 1827 called on the two Horn of Africa countries "to show maximum restraint and refrain from any threat or use of force against each other and to avoid provocative military activities".
New York, 14 August 2008: Brigadier Patrick Davidson-Houston, Acting Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) told journalists at a UNHQ Press Conference in New York today that following the Security Council’s termination of UNMEE's mandate on 30 July, the Mission was now in a phase of “extremely rapid” drawdown and termination of activities. Brigadier Davidson-Houston said the Jordanian contingent had left on Monday, a small Kenyan contingent was scheduled to leave tomorrow and most of the Indian contingent would leave around 21 August. He said the Uruguayan aviation contingent would leave at the beginning of September, and the last uniformed member of UNMEE was expected to be out of the region by the end of September.
Addis Ababa, 30 July 2008 - Military and civilian peacekeepers with the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) will begin the formal liquidation of their headquarters in Asmara and Addis Ababa as of midnight Thursday.
With the Security Council's decision not to renew UNMEE's mandate beyond 31 July, the peacekeepers will remove the remaining equipment and assets belonging to the UN and military contingents that kept watch over the Algiers Peace Agreements signed by Ethiopia and Eritrea in June and December 2000.
New York, 29 May - United Nations offices and missions around the world today observed the International Day of UN Peacekeepers and the 60th anniversary of UN peacekeeping. The first blue helmets were authorized by the Organization on 29 May, 1948.
New York, 30 April: The Security Council this evening expressed its readiness to assist Ethiopia and Eritrea to overcome the current stalemate concerning their borders. In a statement
read out by Council President Dumisani S. Kumalo of South Africa, the Council said a decision "on the terms of a future engagement in Ethiopia and Eritrea, as well as the future of the Mission, would be taken in the light of consultations with the parties."
New York, 22 April – Following a closed Security Council meeting today, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, told reporters that Ethiopia and Eritrea are primarily responsible for settling their border dispute and must follow up on the commitments they made under the Algiers Agreement in 2000. Mr. Guéhenno said that peacekeeping could only make a difference when countries honored their political commitments.
New York, 7 April: Four options for the future of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) were presented to the Security Council in a special report of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today.
Asmara, 4 April - The International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action was commemorated at a colorful event at the Expo site in Asmara, Eritrea’s capital city today.
Addis Ababa, 4 April: Landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) in almost 70 countries, claimed some 6,000 victims last year. Many thousands of other people continue to live in fear of triggering one of these devices while on the way to school, to market or to graze their livestock. The economic and social costs of this threat are substantial. Farmers in many regions avoid going to their fields and families struggle to subsist on reduced income and food for the kitchen.
New York, 25 March: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today called international attention to the risks faced every day by UN personnel in the service of peace around the world. He said that 40 United Nations staff members are currently under arrest, in detention