UN Security Council Welcomes Yemen-Saudi Border Agreement

Published June 30th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The UN Security Council on Thursday welcomed the ending of a decades-long dispute over the border between Saudi Arabia and Yemen. 

The agreement between Jeddah and Sanaa was reached June 12th, and approved soon after by both countries. 

"The Security Council members consider that this agreement will serve the interest of the two countries," said the Security Council president for the month of June, French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte. 

The agreement "will allow the strengthening of the relations of friendship and cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Yemen," he added. 

The agreement resolves the more than 50-year-old simmering dispute. 

In 1995, after a series of clashes, Riyadh and Sanaa renewed a 1934 border agreement, but had made little progress in talks since then and the issue had soured relations. 

The two countries share a 2,500-kilometer (1,560-mile) border -- UNITED NATIONS (AFP) 



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