Thursday, August 14, 2014
Djibouti urges Eritrea to free 'captured' officer
By Mohamed Taha Tewekel, Wednesday, August 13, 2014
ADDIS ABABA – Djibouti on Wednesday called for the release of a military officer allegedly captured by the Eritrean army.
"Eritrea must release the military officer it captured on July 25," the Djiboutian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The ministry accused the Eritrean army of detaining the officer, who, it said, had been accompanying a Qatari military delegation to the demilitarized zone on the border between the two countries.
The ministry went on to warn that Eritrea's failure to release the officer would endanger a Qatari-mediated peace process between the two states.
"The mediation process will be jeopardized if Eritrea fails to release the Djiboutian military officer, who was captured while accompanying a Qatari military delegation visiting the demilitarized zone," it stated.
Since 2010, Qatar has mediated between the two countries following a war between them in 2008.
Under Qatari mediation, Djibouti released hundreds of Eritrean prisoners and handed them over to the United Nations.
Eritrea, for its part, has yet to follow suit.
"Qatar is also responsible for the capture of the Djiboutian military officer, since he was with its delegation at the time of his capture," the ministry said, urging Qatar to pressure Eritrea to release the officer.
"It should also pressure Eritrea to live up to its international commitments on such matters," the ministry added.
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