Viability of UNMEE jeopardised by Eritrean fuel restrictions
New York, 25 January: Fuel restrictions imposed by Eritrea on the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) are paralyzing the work of the mission, a UN official warned today.
Mr. Azouz Ennifar, UNMEE's acting head, told journalists after briefing the Security Council that the mission has not been able to obtain fresh supplies of fuel in Eritrea since 1 December of last year.
"These restrictions are paralyzing the mission and its movements and making the living conditions of our civilian and military staff on the ground extremely difficult," he said.
In his most recent report on the situation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended to the Council that the mission's mandate have a one-month technical rollover to assess the situation.