The UN peacekeepers had been trapped as it they were given orders to withdraw into Ethiopia. This comes after they had their fuel supplies cut off by orders of the Eritrean government. However, six vehicles were able to lave. Some of the troops were forced to stay after they were threatened at gunpoint. In addition, their food rations have been stopped.
However, Eritrea’s government was quick to deny doing such actions. Instead, it said that the supplies had run out. As a result of what had transpired, the UN Security Council which comprises of 15-members had held an emergency meeting. Recently, Vietnam was given a 2-year trial membership in the UN Security Council.
Jean-Marie Guehenno, who heads up the UN peacekeeping operations said: “It’s a very serious situation. We’re running out of fuel, we’re running out of food.”
Peacekeepers were sent to Eritrea eight years ago back in 2008 to monitor a security zone. It was after the war that had left over 10,000 people.
This was all about a disputed town called Badme. Eritrea wanted Ethiopia to hand over the town after it was awarded by a boundary commission.
Eritrea wanted the international community to put pressure on the Ethiopia to withdraw from the town. It is said that Eritrea had lost patience with the peacekeepers and took action to cut off fuel and rations to the 1,400 soldiers and 200 military observers that make up the UN peacekeeping force.
However, Eritrea insists that it does not have anymore supplies to spare.