Ethiopia: Peace Offer Rejected


June 25, 2007: Two Somali clans in Ethiopia's Ogaden desert region have been engaged in a shooting war for the better part of a week. At least five people have been killed.

June 21, 2007: The European Union's parliament hit Ethiopia with a tough resolution addressing Ethiopian human rights abuses. Chief on the EU agenda was the detention of 38 political opposition leaders by the Ethiopian government. The 38 leaders were recently convicted of treason by an Ethiopian court and some of the convicted may face death sentences. The EU described the opposition leaders as political prisoners. The EU resolution also targeted Cuba and Burma for human rights violations and lack of political freedom.

June 16, 2007: Ethiopia told the UN that it was ready to return the disputed town of Badme to Eritrea without "preconditions." Eritrea responded by saying that Ethiopia had actually set "preconditions" by demanding that Eritrea have a "dialog" with Ethiopia and live up to a ceasefire agreement. Ethiopia said that its letter had been misinterpreted. Just another round of accusation and counter-accusation? Probably, but diplomats in the region note that the bad relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea could lead to another war with Badme the center of it. During the Ethiopia-Eritrea War is was the scene of many ferocious battles.


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