An OAU official told IRIN yesterday that the OAU peace effort was “at a very crucial moment for everybody”. Eritrea had asked 29 questions in its response to the OAU proposals in December last year, and the OAU’s clarifications were delivered on 26 January this year, the official said. He said the OAU was hoping for a reply “as soon as possible”.
In resolution 1226 adopted on Friday, the UN Security Council urged Eritrea to “accept the [OAU] Framework Agreement as the basis for a peaceful resolution of the border dispute”. The Council called on both sides to exercise “maximum restraint” and undertake urgent measures to restore confidence, including” urgent measures to improve the humanitarian situation and respect for human rights.” Eritrea blasted alleged US “interference” in the peace process in a letter to the Security Council, saying the framework “is not a ‘take it or leave it’ offer”. In the latest round of human rights allegations, Amnesty International protested Ethiopia’s expulsion of Eritreans and Ethiopia on Saturday demanded international access to its prisoners of war.
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