day fifteen years ago, the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC)
communicated its decision regarding the delimitation of the border between the
State of Eritrea and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The EEBC had
been established as part of the Algiers peace agreement signed by the leaders of
Eritrea, President Isaias Afwerki, and Ethiopia, late Prime Minister Meles
Zenawi, in Algiers, Algeria on 12 December 2000. The EU signed as a witness
alongside Algeria, the United States of America, the United Nations and the
Organisation of African Unity.
The EU remains deeply concerned that the
present stalemate continues to put regional stability at risk, with potentially
negative implications on international peace and security as well as
international trade, and hampers regional cooperation and development.
The EU is convinced that the parties have all to gain from a full
implementation of the provisions of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission’s
decision. In this regard, the EU encourages all concrete steps that could lead
to finally demarcating the border in accordance with the EEBC decision and to
move to a phase of building constructive and peaceful relations.
of its strong engagement on the Horn of Africa, the EU stands ready to support
the process and any measures that will create conditions for a mutually
beneficial relationship between Eritrea and Ethiopia in the future.