Eritrea. In July, the UN Security Council decided not to
extend the mandate of the UN force of 1,700 to monitor the
Eritrea-Ethiopia border. As a reason, both countries'
failure to cooperate was indicated. According to
Countryaah reports, Ethiopia has refused to
accept the UN-appointed Border Commission's decision to
grant Eritrea the right to the disputed border town of Badme, while Eritrea during the year forced UN personnel to
evacuate the border area by stopping supplying fuel to their
During its 15 years as an independent state, Eritrea has
been involved in armed conflicts with all neighboring
countries. In May, Eritrea was accused of sending troops
into Djiboutian territory and occupying a rural area. In
fighting in June, nine Djiboutian soldiers are said to have
been killed and over 60 injured. Both the United States and
the UN Security Council condemned Eritrea's actions.