Secretary-General urges restraint after Ethiopian attack on Eritrean bases
|Publisher||UN News Service|
|Publication Date||16 March 2012|
|Cite as||UN News Service, Secretary-General urges restraint after Ethiopian attack on Eritrean bases, 16 March 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f6877812.html [accessed 31 July 2014]|
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"The Secretary-General has urged both sides to exercise maximum restraint," Mr. Ban's spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told reporters in New York.
"He calls on Ethiopia and Eritrea to resolve their differences through peaceful means and to avoid any action that could lead to an escalation of tensions," he added.
Tensions persist between the two countries, which fought a bloody border war that ended in 2000 with the parties agreeing to abide by the ruling of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission. However, Ethiopia's rejection of the decision reached by the commission in 2002 stalled the physical demarcation of the border in 2003.
The Secretary-General urged both parties to respect each other's territorial integrity.