African Union voices concern over Djibouti-Eritrea border tensions

Nairobi (IINA) � The African Union (AU) on Saturday urged “restraint” as tensions intensified between Djibouti and Eritrea over a disputed border territory after the withdrawal of Qatari peacekeepers from a buffer zone, AFP reported.

Djibouti has accused Eritrea of occupying territory following the departure of the Qatari troops, threatening the revival of a long-standing, sometimes violent dispute.

AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat called for “calm, restraint” and said the body would send a “fact-finding mission to the Djibouti-Eritrea border.”

The AU said it was “ready to assist Djibouti and Eritrea to normalize their relations and promote good neighborliness within the framework of relevant AU instruments.”

The United Nations Security Council will hold consultations on the dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea on Monday, diplomats said on Saturday.

Source: International Islamic News Agency