United Nations - The UN Security Council on Tuesday welcomed warming ties between Eritrea and Ethiopia, but diplomats said it stopped short of pledging that it could review sanctions on Eritrea after the United States, China, Britain, France and Ivory Coast raised concerns.
On Monday, Ethiopia and Eritrea declared an end to their state of war and agreed to open embassies, develop ports and resume flights between the two countries after decades of hostilities.
An initial Swedish-drafted UN Security Council statement, seen by Reuters, "reaffirmed that efforts by the Government of Eritrea to engage with the international community enables a review of measures on Eritrea."
But several council members raised concerns about linking the rapprochement to a sanctions review and the reference was dropped, diplomats said.
Ivory Coast also wanted the statement to mention a border dispute between Eritrea and Djibouti, a move supported by several other members, but it was not included, diplomats said.