Friday, January 30, 2004

Ethiopia/Eritrea: new UN envoy appointed

Lloyd Axworthy, a former Canadian foreign affairs minister, has been appointed special UN envoy to Ethiopia and Eritrea, charged with finding some way to resolve the border dispute.
Axworthy's appointment was decided early in December but not made final after opposition from Eritrea, which does not want further talks on the disputed border between the two countries, and some grumbling from the U.N. mission in the region, diplomats said.
Here is a brief backgrounder on the dispute.