Posted by: africanpressorganization | 8 April 2009

Djibouti / Eritrea / Security Council



Djibouti / Eritrea / Security Council


NEW YORK, April 8, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the offices of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general and the spokesperson for the general assembly president



Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe this morning briefed the Security Council on the situation between Djibouti and Eritrea, in closed consultations.


The Secretary-General, in a recent letter to the Security Council, said the situation between the two countries, although calm, remains tense, with no information indicating that Eritrea has complied with paragraph 5 of Security Council resolution 1862 (2009).  The Secretary-General says he intends to pursue contacts with Djibouti and Eritrea in order to assess how best the Secretariat can assist the two parties.


Pascoe also briefed the Security Council, under “other matters”, on Madagascar.  Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Haile Menkerios participated in that discussion and spoke to reporters at the stakeout afterward.  In response to a question, he reiterated that the transfer of power there was neither constitutional nor democratic.


Following its consultations, the Security Council held a formal meeting on the Central African Republic.  It adopted a presidential statement which, among other things, called for all armed groups in the country to cease violence immediately, and it called for a halt to recruitment of children.


SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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