|Ethiopia capitulates to calls for direct flights to and from Eritrea |
Addis Ababa, 8/19/2004 - Prime Minister Meles Zenawi disclosed that Ethiopia has accepted the request of the UN secretary general, the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) to start direct flights between the two countries, ministry of information said on Thursday.
In a letter he wrote on Wednesday to the UN secretary general, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi notified the boss of the international body that his country has agreed to his demand UNMEE to make direct flights between Ethiopia and Eritrea, the ministry said in its statement.
The prime minister recalled in his letter that Ethiopia presented at the time a formal and a legal question for a two- minute detour once the direct flight entered the Ethiopian air space.
He, however, said the direct flight couldnt be implemented as the Eritrean government interfered to determine the flight of UNMEE in the Ethiopian air space.
UNMEE has been unable to make direct flights between the two countries owing to the misguided decision of the Eritrean government, it said, adding that Ethiopia disclosed its agreement to start the direct flights when the UN secretary general came from Asmara to Addis Ababa at the end of last June.
Prime Minister Meles told in his letter the UN secretary general that his country has accepted his demand Ethiopia to withdraw from its previous request of a two minute diversion once the direct flight between Addis Ababa and Asmara entered the Ethiopian air space.
Prime Minister Meles also announced in his letter that the direct flight could begin at any time.