Eritrea - Djibouti – Prisoner release (March 18, 2016)

France takes note of Eritrea’s release of four Djiboutian prisoners of war, who were able to return home.

We applaud the role played by Qatar on this occasion, which made these releases possible.

We note that a certain number of Djiboutian soldiers are still being held prisoner, and we demand their release.

Beyond that, France calls on Eritrea and Djibouti to resolve their dispute through negotiations, particularly with regard to the demarcation of their common border, which will help ease the situation in the Horn of Africa – a vulnerable area that is prey to terrorism.