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Resolution 1681

The situation between Eritrea and Ethiopia


S/RES/1681 (2006)
Security Council Distr.: General
31 May 2006
06-37045 (E)
Resolution 1681 (2006)
Adopted by the Security Council at its 5450th meeting, on
31 May 2006
The Security Council,
Reaffirming all its previous resolutions and statements pertaining to the
situation between Ethiopia and Eritrea (hereinafter referred to as “the parties”) and the
requirements contained therein, including in particular resolutions 1320 of 15 September
2000, 1430 of 14 August 2002, 1466 of 14 March 2003, 1640 of 23 November 2005
and 1678 of 15 May 2006, as well as the statement of its President of 24 February
2006 (S/PRST/2006/10),
Stressing its unwavering commitment to the peace process, and to the full and
expeditious implementation of the Algiers Agreements, and the importance of
prompt implementation of the decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary
Commission (S/2002/423) as a basis for peaceful and cooperative relations between
the parties,
Reaffirming the integrity of the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) as provided in
the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities of 18 June 2000 (S/2000/601) and
recalling the objectives of its establishment and the commitment of the parties to
respect the TSZ,
Stressing further that the full demarcation of the border between the two
parties is vital to lasting peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea as well as in the region,
and recalling that both parties have agreed to accept the delimitation and
demarcation determinations of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC)
as final and binding,
Welcoming the convening of the EEBC meetings on 10 March and 17 May
2006 in London and supporting the ongoing EEBC process,
Reaffirming its strong commitment to ensure that the two parties, as agreed by
them, permit the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) to
perform its duties and provide UNMEE with the necessary access, assistance,
support and protection required for the performance of these duties,
Commending the role of UNMEE and expressing once again its deep
appreciation for the contribution and dedication of the troop-contributing countries
to the work of UNMEE, despite the immense difficulties which they are facing,
S/RES/1681 (2006)
Welcoming the Secretary-General’s intention to keep the operations of
UNMEE under close review continuing to take into account developments on the
ground and the views of the parties, and to revert to the Council with
recommendations as appropriate for further adjustments to UNMEE’s mandate,
force levels and concept of operation as soon as warranted,
Having considered the reports of the Secretary-General of 3 January 2006
(S/2006/1) and of 6 March 2006 (S/2006/140) and the options on the future of
UNMEE contained therein,
Noting paragraph 4 of resolution 1678 (2006),
1. Decides to extend the mandate of UNMEE for a period of four months,
until 30 September 2006;
2. Authorizes the reconfiguration of UNMEE’s military component and in
this regard approves the deployment within UNMEE of up to 2,300 troops,
including up to 230 military observers, with the existing mandate, as stipulated in
resolution 1320 (2000) and further adjusted in resolution 1430 (2002);
3. Demands that the parties fully comply with resolution 1640 (2005);
4. Calls upon both parties to cooperate fully with the EEBC, in order to
resume the demarcation process, stresses that the parties have primary responsibility
for the implementation of the Algiers Agreements and calls again on the parties to
implement completely and without further delay the decision of the EEBC and to
create the necessary conditions for demarcation to proceed expeditiously;
5. Demands that the parties provide UNMEE with the necessary access,
assistance, support and protection required for the performance of its duties,
including its mandated task to assist the EEBC in the expeditious and orderly
implementation of the Delimitation Decision, in accordance with resolutions
1430 (2002) and 1466 (2003) and demands that any restrictions be lifted
6. Calls on Member States to provide continued support for UNMEE and
contributions to the Trust Fund, established pursuant to resolution 1177 (1998) and
referred to in Article 4 (17) of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed by the
Governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea on 12 December 2000, in order to support the
demarcation process;
7. Requests the Secretary-General to keep the Council closely and regularly
informed of progress towards the implementation of this resolution;
8. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.

Eritrea, Ethiopia
The situation between Eritrea and Ethiopia
Related with resolutions
1177 1320 1430 1466 1640 1678
Quoted in resolutions
1710 1741 1767 1798
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