“This day of national celebration was reached through great sacrifices by all Eritrean people, who fought for freedom and laboured to rebuild their country,” said Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Representative. “In the course of your long struggle, and in the 10 years since, the people of Eritrea have shown tremendous determination and national pride.”The statement, which was released by the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), hails the fact that peace between the two countries is starting to take root. “Peace is necessary for national development, for Eritrea to fulfil its hopes and aspirations, and for its people to flourish,” said Mr. Legwaila.”UNMEE celebrates this day with you,” he said, pledging to support Eritrea’s efforts “to build a future marked by peace, independence and prosperity.” read more