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  • Ethiopia, EU ink joint declaration

    Ethiopia and the European Union have signed a joint declaration, which reflects the EU's strong relations with Ethiopia, in Brussels, Belgium today.

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, signed the declaration "Towards an EU-Ethiopia Strategic Engagement", ahead of the 10th anniversary of the European Development Days (EDD 2016), which will start today in Brussels.

    EU-Ethiopia Strategic Engagement acknowledges the crucial role played by Ethiopia in Africa and the international community, as well as its significant double digit economic growth (10.6% on average form 2004-14) and progress towards MDGs.

    The EU and Ethiopia are willing to address jointly a number of regional and global issues of common interest and to enhance the partnership on bilateral issues to a more strategic level.

    The EU and Ethiopia look back on 40 years of constructive bilateral relations in areas as diverse as development cooperation, trade and economic development, consolidation of democratic institutions, regional peace and security.

    Ethiopia is one of the EU's most important partners on the African continent, active in regional peace and security as well as on thematic international debates such as climate change.

    Ethiopia is also an increasingly important partner in terms of migration, as demonstrated by the signature of a Declaration on a Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility (CAMM) in Valletta on 11 November 2015.

    The importance of this relationship has been underlined in the Strategic framework for the Horn of Africa (2011) and more recently in the Horn of Africa Action Plan (2015).

    Source : Fana Broacasting 


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  • Getachew Reda: Ethiopia has the capacity to wage a full scale war against Eritrea

    By Elias Meseret

    (News. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) - Ethiopia’s government communications affairs minister, Getachew Reda, told reporters on Tuesday that Ethiopia has the capacity to wage a ‘full scale war’ against Eritrea. The minister made the remarks after the two countries reportedlyGetachew Reda: Ethiopia has the capacity to wage a full scale war against Eritrea exchanged heavy artillery fires on Sunday and Monday.

    “I hope this time around they won’t make that stupid mistake of inviting us to wage a full-scale war. We choose to avoid full-scale war. That’s why we have withdrawn our forces once our objective is achieved,” Getachew said adding that the Eritrean provocation last Sunday wasn’t very significant itself but Ethiopia’s counter offensive was significant enough to warrant the attention of the regime in Asmara so much so that they have to make a public announcement which was quite unusual.

    Eritrea’s Information Ministry said on Sunday that Ethiopian troops have attacked the country’s position in the Tsorona Central Front, a border area between the two countries that saw one of the bloodiest battles during the 1998- 2000 war.   

    The Eritrean Ministry of Information didn’t provide details but said the purpose and ramifications of the attack are not clear. But both countries have accused each other for the start of the latest skirmishes which some observers have called ‘the worst’ since the end of the border war in 2000.
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    Image: Getachew Reda (DT)

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  • Ethiopia confirmed border clash with Eritrea

    U.N urged both sides to exercise restraint

    By Elias Meseret

    (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) - Ethiopia's government has confirmed the border clash with Eritrea on Monday by saying the country's military took "proportioEthiopia confirmed border clash with Eritreanal measures" against Eritrea in response to an attempted attack at the Tsorona area on Sunday.

    “The attack heavily weakened Eritrean military’s attacking capacity,” Ethiopia's Information Ministry said.
    In New York, Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for the U.N. chief, said there's concern over the fighting and that Ban Ki-moon is urging both sides to "exercise maximum restraint and work to resolving their differences through peaceful means, including the full implementation of the peace agreement they signed in 2000."

    Ethiopia and Eritrea have been in a stalemate situation since the end in 2000 of a border war in which tens of thousands of people were killed. The two neighboring countries do not have diplomatic relations.

    Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn recently told The Associated Press that his forces will act against Eritrea if Ethiopia is provoked. In that interview, he called the Eritrean government an "arrogant and very stubborn regime."
    Ethiopia often accuses Eritrea of training and deploying armed groups that are banned in Ethiopia. Eritrea has also made similar allegations against the Ethiopian government.  

    Relatives of people who live in the Tsorona area said their families are fleeing following heavy shelling at dawn on Sunday.

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    Image: Government Communication Affairs Office Minister Getachew Reda on a Press Briefing.

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  • Why Ethio-Eritrea Border is a Conflict Zone

    Throughout the country’s 25-year history, Eritrea’s border with Ethiopia has been a hotly-disputed region.

    Eritrea shares a 640-miWhy Ethio-Eritrea Border is a Conflict Zonele boundary with its Horn of Africa neighbor, from whom it only gained independence in 1991. The two countries fought a bloody two-year war over border boundaries between 1998 and 2000, since which bilateral relations have been characterized by a “no war, no peace” situation.

    Now, Eritrea has blamed Ethiopia for clashes in the Tsorona region, about halfway along the border. The reported clashes have raised the specter of conflict in a region where tension is always high.

    What’s Eritrea’s history with Ethiopia?

    Until 1991, Eritrea was considered an autonomous region within Ethiopia. The latter’s decision to attempt to annex the former in 1961 sparked a 30-year independence war. Against a much-larger and better-equipped Ethiopian army, the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front won the war and toppled Ethiopian President Mengistu Haile Mariam, with the assistance of Ethiopian rebels. Eritrea was recognized as an independent state by the international community in 1993 following a United Nations-backed referendum vote in favor of independence.

    Why is the border a flashpoint?

    A full-scale war broke out between Ethiopia and Eritrea in May 1998 and focused on the town of Badme, which both sides claimed belonged to them. Eritrea was found to have triggered the war by attacking Ethiopian troops around Badme, according to a 2005 ruling by the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission, a body based in The Hague that was established to deal with the conflict’s fallout. Over the next two years, tens of thousands of soldiers were killed on both sides in a bloody battle that achieved very little in terms of concrete boundary changes.

    The conflict ended in December 2000 after a peace accord known as the Algiers Agreement was signed by both parties. One condition of the agreement was the establishment of a boundary commission that in 2002 ruled that Badme was part of Eritrea. While both countries initially accepted the ruling, Ethiopia later said it was dissatisfied with the boundary and Badme continues to be occupied by Ethiopian troops. “Eritrea and Ethiopia have essentially been in a Cold War since the last war in 1998-2000,” says Ahmed Salim of political risk consultancy Teneo Intelligence.
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    Ethiopia fought the bloodiest war with Eritrea since 1990-2000.

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  • Ethiopia to implement proclamation prohibiting illicit arms

    Ethiopia will implement as of next fiscal year a law prohibiting the circulation of illicit arms, said Kassa Teklebirhan, Minister of Federal and Pastoralist Areas Development Affairs.

    The unrest in neighboring countries is one of the reasons for illicit movement of weapons and the proclamation is essential to control arms entering into the country illegally, he told FBC today.

    People living at border areas import weapons to protect themselves and these arms could be an additional force for anti-peace forces if they are not governed by a strong legal formwork, he said.

    Since the current law is not supported by a strong legal framework, illegal arms are being used when conflict occurs in some areas in the country, he said.

    According to Kassa, the law allows those who live at border areas and who need weapon to protect themselves to legally acquire weapons after fulfilling the requirements stipulated in the proclamation.

    Yemane Gesesew, Assistant Commissioner at the Federal Police Commission, said the number of arms entering into Ethiopia illegally is increasing each year.

    According to the Assistant Commissioner, the law helps to hunt those who commit crimes by using weapons.

    source : Fana Broadcasting 



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  • China to continue support for Ethiopian school feeding program

    China will continuChina to continue support for Ethiopian school feeding programe to provide support to school feeding program in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, which enables provision of healthy meals and education opportunity for tens of thousands of destitute children, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia La Yifan said. La also expressed China's commitment to supporting Ethiopia's efforts in social and economic development.

    The Ambassador made the remarks on Monday during a special event organized in connection with the School Feeding Program jointly implemented by the Office of the First Lady of Ethiopia and Ye Enat Weg Charitable Association, which benefits 20,000 students at primary schools in Addis Ababa.
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    Ethiopian School Nutrition & Health Program

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