African Union to help resolve Eritrea-Djibouti border dispute
(7 July 2017)
The African Union (AU) is sending its peace and security commissioner to Eritrea to help resolve its border dispute with Djibouti following the withdrawal of Qatari peacekeepers from the area after Eritrea cut off diplomatic ties with Doha.
The AU wants to decrease tensions after Djibouti accused Eritrea of occupying disputed land on the frontier.
The border region between Eritrea and Djibouti, and particularly the area of Doumeira and Doumeira Island off the coast of the two countries, has long been a point of contention between the two countries, which culminated in conflict in 2008. Qatar mediated a peace deal and stationed peace keepers in the area in 2010.
Djibouti's Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf charged that after Qatari troops left the disputed Doumeira region Eritrean soldiers moved in, elevating tensions between the two countries and leading the AU to intervene.
Mr Youssouf further commented, "As long as this border is not demarcated, it will remain a source of tension ….. We would like the African Union to step in, to ensure this border is demarcated and delineated once and for all."