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Remarks by Minister Cowen following EU troika meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles
Date: 6 Apr 2004
Policy Area: General Affairs and External Relations
Content Type: Press Releases

The Minister for Foreign Affairs today led an EU delegation in a troika meeting with the Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles.

After the meeting, Minister Cowen made the following remarks.

"We welcome the opportunity to come to Addis to speak with Prime Minister Meles on the current impasse in the Algiers Agreement. The EU and Ethiopia enjoy good relations and a very constructive relationship on issues such as sustainable development and poverty eradication.

Ethiopia is facing some difficult decisions but the challenges posed by border demarcation are not insurmountable. The EU stands ready to assist Ethiopia in finding a way forward that will allow the decision of the Boundary Commission to be implemented. 

We are disappointed at the delay in border demarcation and that the rapid and constructive progress that had been made under the Algiers Agreement has temporarily slowed down.

When we spoke with Prime Minister Meles we reiterated the well known EU position that the decision of the Boundary Commission is final and binding and should be implemented fully and without delay.  We understand that the issue of Badme is an emotive one but we have urged the Government of Ethiopia to move forwards and not backwards on the Algiers Agreement.

We welcome the openness of Prime Minister Meles to dialogue on border demarcation and in particular we are pleased to see Ethiopia engage with the UN Special Envoy, Lloyd Axworthy.  The EU believes that the Special Envoy has the primary role in facilitating Ethiopia and Eritrea in resolving the current difficulties.

We have discussed ideas with the Prime Minister on how Ethiopia can take some confidence building measures which would allow for the progressive normalisation of relations with Eritrea. 

The answer to the current impasse lies solely with Eritrea and Ethiopia, but the EU stands ready to help both of them in finding that answer."

Minister Cowen will travel to Rwanda and Burundi on 7-8 April 2004. He will visit Rwanda tomorrow  in order to represent the European Union at the commemoration ceremonies which the Government of Rwanda have organised to mark the tenth anniversary of the genocide in that country which resulted in the indiscriminate killing of over 800,000 people in just 100 days.

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