[dehai-news] (SCR) ERITREA-DJIBOUTI: Letter to UNSC by Eritrean Ambassador Desta (12 January 2009)

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From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (eritrea.lave@comhem.se)
Date: Thu Mar 05 2009 - 10:22:31 EST

United Nations
Security Council Distr.: General

12 January 2009

Letter dated 12 January 2009 from the Permanent Representative of
Eritrea addressed to the President of the Security Council
Eritrea expresses deep concern and disappointment at the ongoing attempt
by certain members of the Council to adopt a resolution in relation to a
question of "Djibouti-Eritrea" on the basis of unfounded accusations
against Eritrea.

The Eritrean people have not forgotten when Eritrea was unjustly and
irresponsibly federated with Ethiopia in 1952, under a General Assembly
due to geopolitical interests of certain powerful nations and against
its wishes and aspirations for independence like any other African State
that was under European
The silence of the United Nations on the abrogation of the federal
system in 1962 in violation of General Assembly resolution 390 (V) of 2
December 1950, under the pressure of certain Powers, that led to the 30
years of suffering of the Eritrean people until the country was
liberated in 1991 is also still vivid in the
minds of the Eritreans.
It is saddening, once again, to witness silence on the part of the
Security Council at Ethiopia's rejection of the Eritrea-Ethiopia
Boundary Commission's award, in accordance with the Algiers Peace
Agreements, and the continued occupation by Ethiopia of sovereign
Eritrean territories under the influence of some members.
 It is regrettable that Eritrea is falling victim for the fourth time to
political intrigues of major Powers by manufacturing a "Djibouti-Eritrea
border conflict" and attempting to make it a common feature in the works
of the Security Council under the agenda item of "Peace and security in

The condemnation of Eritrea in June, followed by the dispatching of a
factfinding mission to our subregion, which essentially translates into
putting the cart
before the horse, has clearly demonstrated how certain members of the
Council are bent on pursuing national interests with little or no regard
to the facts on the ground and to the maintenance of regional peace and
 Eritrea has not occupied any land that belongs to Djibouti and it
cannot accept a resolution that demands the "withdrawal of its forces"
from its own territory.
Eritrea urges the Security Council members to exercise utmost caution
before considering a draft text that aims to stir and internationalize a
conflict between two sisterly countries that are capable of resolving
any differences that might occur.
I would be most grateful if the present letter could be circulated as a
document of the Security Council.

(Signed) Araya Desta
Permanent Representative

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