House of Lords written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Spokesperson in the Lords (Civil Liberties), Home Affairs, Spokesperson in the Lords (Africa), Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their response to the statement by the Government of Eritrea on 1 February regarding the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1798, particularly the assertion that the resolution disregards earlier resolutions of the Security Council, distorts the meaning of the Algiers Peace Agreement and represents a failure by the Security Council to ensure the withdrawal of the army and institutions of Ethiopia from the occupied territories.

Photo of Lord Malloch-Brown Lord Malloch-Brown Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Africa, Asia and the UN)

The Government have not responded to the statement made by the Government of Eritrea on 1 February.

We fully support UN Security Council Resolution 1798. We believe it is entirely consistent with previous Security Council resolutions and the Algiers Peace Agreement. It states clearly what the council expects of both Eritrea and Ethiopia. We call on both parties to implement fully all its provisions, particularly that the parties:

hold the primary responsibility for resolving the dispute, in line with the Algiers agreements;should respect the integrity of the temporary security zone; andshould implement fully the delimitation decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission.

Eritrea's recent refusal to supply fuel to the UN Mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) or to allow UNMEE to purchase its own fuel has meant that the mission has had to temporarily relocate out of Eritrea. We condemn Eritrea's unacceptable stance on fuel for UNMEE. It has also caused the Security Council to concentrate its attention on the safety and security of UNMEE personnel, thus distracting it from the core issue of the border dispute.

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