United Nations Security Council Resolution 1531

United Nations Security Council resolution 1531, adopted unanimously on 12 March 2004, after reaffirming all resolutions on the situation between Eritrea and Ethiopia, particularly Resolution 1507 (2003), the council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) until 15 September 2004.[1]

UN Security Council
Resolution 1531
UN Soldiers in Eritrea.jpeg
UNMEE soldiers in Eritrea
Date12 March 2004
Meeting no.4,924
CodeS/RES/1531 (Document)
SubjectThe situation between Eritrea and Ethiopia
Voting summary
  • 15 voted for
  • None voted against
  • None abstained
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members



The Security Council reaffirmed its support for the peace process between the two countries and of the role played by UNMEE in facilitating the implementation of the Algiers Agreement and decision by the Boundary Commission on the mutual border. It expressed concern at the impasse in the peace process caused by delays in the demarcation of the mutual border. There was concern that the commission could not conduct its work and the lack of co-operation from both Ethiopia and Eritrea with the United Nations in this regard.[2]


The resolution extended UNMEE's mandate at the current troop level of 4,200 in accordance with Resolution 1320 (2000). Both parties were urged to fulfil their commitments under the Algiers Agreement and co-operate with the Boundary Commission in order for it to fulfil its mandate. The parties were further called upon to co-operate with UNMEE, protect United Nations personnel and establish an air corridor between the capitals of Addis Ababa and Asmara to facilitate the work of the operation and reduce additional costs to the United Nations.

The Council reaffirmed the importance of dialogue between the two countries and the normalisation of their diplomatic relations, while progress would be monitored. The Secretary-General Kofi Annan to constantly review the effectiveness of UNMEE and consider possible streamlining measures.

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  1. ^ "Security Council extends mission in Ethiopia, Eritrea until 15 September". United Nations. 12 March 2004.
  2. ^ Gray, Christine (2006). "The Eritrea/Ethiopia Claims Commission Oversteps Its Boundaries: A Partial Award?" (PDF). European Journal of International Law. 17 (4): 699–721. doi:10.1093/ejil/chl023.

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