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The United Nations Security Council says it will move Western peacekeepers out of Eritrea, a week after Eritrea's government said the peacekeepers would be expelled.

The Security Council reached the decision during a meeting in New York on Wednesday.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, says 160 to 200 personnel will be moved to Addis Ababa.

Eritrea declared last week that Western members of the U.N. peacekeeping mission watching the border with Ethiopia had 10 days to leave.

Earlier, Mr. Bolton said Eritrea is "unacceptably" making peacekeepers part of the problem along the Eritrea-Ethiopia border.

But he added that Ethiopia also has failed to comply with agreements aimed at ending the countries' border dispute.

There are concerns of a new flare-up along the border, where the countries fought a two-year war that killed 70,000 people.

Humanitarian organizations working in Somalia are appealing for $174 million to fund projects in various parts of the country next year.

Aid organizations working in Somalia say they need the money to provide critically needed assistance to about one million Somalis in various parts of the country next year.

"With regard to Somalia, at the moment it is a country in continuing humanitarian crisis that is chronic," said Maxwell Gaylard, humanitarian coordinator for Somalia. "One in four children do not live to the age of five. Malnutrition in parts of Somalia, if those rates existed in Kenya or anywhere else in the world, there would be a hue and cry. So the figures inside Somalia are not very good."

Mr. Gaylard says although the northern and the central areas, Puntland and Somaliland, are not badly off in terms to humanitarian assistance, the southern parts, notably the Gedo region, are a source of concern. In November, the U.N. food security analysis unit in Somalia warned that poor rains and increasing insecurity in the southern region was hindering distribution of relief assistance.

The head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Somalia, Philippe Lazzarini, says increased piracy of ships off the Somali coastline has made delivery of assistance to the region expensive and difficult.

Mr. Lazzarini says it costs 25-percent more to transport food by road to Somalia than by boat. Pirates off the Somali coast have seized up to 32 boats, including some contracted by U.N. organizations, since March.

The aid agencies say they need the money to help ameliorate food shortages occasioned by crop failures caused by drought, effects of the tsumani, and fighting various diseases including HIV/AIDS in a country with a life expectancy less than 50 years.

Last year humanitarian agencies in Somalia appealed for $162 million to assist the war-torn country. Donors gave slightly more than half.

Somalia has been without a stable central government since 1991.

A recently installed transitional government controls only a small area in the North.

The capital, Mogadishu, as well as other areas in the south remain in the hands of various armed groups and are not accessible to most aid agencies.

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