The United States on Tuesday commemorated the 23rd anniversary of the Algiers Agreement, which was brokered between Ethiopia and Eritrea with international backing.
The accord’s primary objective was to delineate a common border and promote lasting peace between the two African nations.
Matthew Miller, Department Spokesperson for the United States, underscored the imperative nature of respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of both Ethiopia and Eritrea, echoing the United States’ unwavering support for the Algiers Agreement.
The commitment to peace and stability in the region was further emphasized by the historic peace agreement of 2018, in which Ethiopia and Eritrea reaffirmed their dedication to upholding the established borders. The accord aimed to cultivate a sense of cooperation and regional stability, prompting Miller to urge both nations to persist in their collaborative efforts to achieve a more prosperous and secure region.
However, against this backdrop of diplomatic progress, the United States expressed grave concern regarding the escalating violence in Burkina Faso. A surge in attacks perpetrated by terrorist groups against civilians, military personnel, and police has inflicted considerable harm upon the nation’s populace. In response, the United States extended heartfelt condolences to the victims and their grieving families while reiterating its steadfast commitment to combating terrorism in the region.
Moreover, Mr. Miller articulated apprehensions concerning the actions of Burkina Faso’s Transition Authorities. These actions encompassed an escalating use of forced conscriptions, the imposition of restrictions on political parties, and a notable constriction of civic space. Collectively, these measures served to quell the voices of those striving for democratic governance and the safeguarding of citizens’ rights in Burkina Faso. The United States highlighted the urgent need to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms.
With Burkina Faso having been a member of the United Nations since 1960, the nation has historically endorsed the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ratified various international agreements. These actions have translated into binding obligations to uphold and defend human rights and fundamental freedoms.
In a resolute commitment to these principles, the United States pledged to maintain an ongoing dialogue with Burkina Faso’s Transition Authorities and other key stakeholders. The dialogue will seek to champion the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms within the nation. Furthermore, the United States renewed its promise to support the people of Burkina Faso in their pursuit of a more democratic, prosperous, and peaceful future.