The United States has condemned Eritrea’s military aggression against Djibouti in the vicinity of the border between the two countries at Ras Doumeira, a US State Department statement, Thursday, said.
“These hostilities represent an additional threat to peace and security in the already volatile Horn of Africa. We understand that at least nine Djiboutians have been killed and over 60 injured as a result of the Eritrean attacks,” the statement said.
“We call on both sides to cease all military hostilities immediately and to reduce tensions by withdrawing troops from the border area,” it added.
The United States called on Eritrea and Djibouti to resolve border issues peacefully, in accordance with international law, and for Eritrea to accept offers of third party mediation in this regard.
In a related development, the United States has welcomed the agreement between the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and the opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia.
“We appreciate the efforts of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Somali civil society representatives, and members of the international community, in particular the Government of Djibouti as hosts of the talks, for their contributions to this agreement.
“We welcome the commitment of both parties to take concrete steps to implement this agreement, including committing to a cessation of hostilities, establishing a Joint Security Committee on security arrangements and a High Level Committee on political issues related to justice and reconciliation, and undertaking efforts to ensure unhindered humanitarian access to affected populations in Somalia,” it added.
The US called on all Somali stakeholders, whether party to the agreement or not, to abide by its provisions and support its implementation.
It also acknowledged the request of both parties to the United Nations Security Council to authorise and deploy an international stabilization force in Somalia, saying it will give careful consideration to the proposal, in consultation with the Security Council. Panapress .