Ethiopia: Too Dangerous For China


December 14, 2007: Despite demands from the Ethiopian government that oil and mining companies continue to operate in Ogaden, at least one Chinese company has refused. China's Zhoungyan Petroleum Exporation Bureau (ZPEB) issued a statement earlier this month that it would not continue to conduct seismic surveys in the Ogaden region. This is a political setback for the Ethiopian government, which has been trying to control ethnic Somali rebels in the Ogaden.

December 5, 2007: The U.S. asked Ethiopia to "lessen tensions" with Eritrea, specifically on the Ethiopia-Eritrea border. The U.S. is concerned that the dissolution of the EEBC (November 30) will remove a "political firebreak" that has served to keep the two countries from going back to war.

December 2, 2007: The Ethiopian government once again accused Eritrea of supporting several rebel organizations in Ethiopia. Ethiopia claims Eritrea supports the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). The Ethiopian statement said that Eritrea has a training camp for the OLF near Teseney. Ethiopia also claims that Eritrea supports the Ogaden Liberation Front (ONLF) and the Ethiopian Peoples Patriotic Front (EPPF).

November 30, 2007: The Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) officially dissolved. The EEBC did succeed in demarcating the border. However, Ethiopia refused to accept the EEBC's decision that the town of Badme belonged to Eritrea. The EEBC's decision was supposed to be binding. The EEBC made its official "delimitation decision" on April 13, 2002.


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