DJIBOUTI (Xinhua) --
Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh
said that the release of Djiboutians held in Eritrea
remain the first precondition for the restart of talks to
resolve a territorial dispute between his country and Eritrea,
an official source said.
"The resolution of the dispute
between Eritrea and my country will depend on the release of
Djiboutian soldiers," Guelleh said on Monday in Doha during his
three-day visit to Qatar, the mediator in the dispute between
Eritrea and Djibouti.
The president made the remarks during his meeting with Qatar
Emir Tamin Bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha.
He reminded the Emir that the refusal by Eritrea to give
information on the state of the imprisoned Djiboutian soldiers
was a source of "unbearable pain for their families."
The two men agreed on the "need to end the prevailing
situation of no war and no peace between Djibouti and Eritrea."
Guelleh used the opportunity to thank the Emir of Qatar for
his tireless efforts in the mediation of the dispute between
Djibouti and Eritrea.
In 2008, a territorial dispute caused a three-day armed
conflict between Djibouti and Eritrea.