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'Temporary Peace Arrangements' Not a Solution, Says Annan

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has warned that lasting peace in Eritrea and Ethiopia cannot be based on “temporary arrangements”. In his latest report to the Security Council, issued on Monday, he said the peace process was still at a critical stage. According to a UN summary of the report, he praised the two sides for their cooperation with the UN peacekeeping mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea, UNMEE. “However, lasting peace cannot be built on the basis of temporary arrangements,” he said. “In the absence of significant forward movement, precious momentum could be lost and prove difficult to regain, which in turn could impact on the longer-term goals of reconstruction and development.” Lasting peace, he added, required the expeditious demarcation of the border “and a relationship between the parties that enables them to address problems through peaceful discourse”. Full Story

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