Ethiopia’s Government in Peace Talks With Ogaden Rebels
Awramba Times (Washington DC) – Ethiopia’s government is in peace talks with the Ogaden National Liberation Front, an outlawed ethnic-Somali rebel group in Kenya.
According to the press statement issued by ONLF, delegates from the Ogaden National Liberation Front and the Ethiopian government held talks in Nairobi, on the September 6th and 7th 2012, facilitated by a Kenyan team designated by the President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki. Mr Abdirahman Mahdi, the Foreign Secretary of the Ogaden National Liberation Front, led the ONLF delegation from the Somalis in Ogaden.
The Ethiopian delegation was led By the Defence Minister of Ethiopia Siraj Fegessa. Mohamed Yusuf Haji, the Minister of State and Ag Minister for Provincial Administration and Internal Security of Kenya led the facilitation team.
After exchanging opening statements presented by the head of the delegations, the two sides agreed on the modalities of the negotiation process, the general principles that would be the basis of resolving the conflict and the initial agenda, with the facilitation of the Kenyan team.
“It’s a very positive step and we will pursue negotiations up to the last and try to bring all concerned in that area to the constitutional framework,” Bereket Simon told Bloomberg from the capital, Addis Ababa , today.