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Ethnic Somali rebel group signs peace accord with Ethiopia

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

August 2, 2010 (ADDIS ABABA) – A rebel organization that has been fighting for the independence of the ethnic Somali region of Ethiopia officially ended its two decade-long armed struggle by signing a peace deal last Thursday.

The breakthrough accord between the government of Ethiopia and the United Western Somali Liberation Front (UWSLF) was signed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in the presence of high ranking government officials, diplomats, representatives of African Union and the United Nations.

The two sides have been engaged in various rounds of peace talks but the breakthrough came in April this year when UWSLF fighters agreed to lay down their arms.

Abay Tsehaye, national security advisor to Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who commended the peace accord, said Friday that his government is working to sign similar deals with other groups if they are willing to abide by the country’s constitution.

According to Tsehaye, the Ethiopian government has accepted the front’s pre-condition that amnesty be granted to the group’s leadership and member.

Senior leaders and supporters of the UWSLF who were in custody of the Ethiopian government have been freed as part of the deal.

After signing the accord, chairman of the front, Sheik Abdurahim Mohammed Hussein said the security problems in the region have been dragging the implementation of development activities in the region

The Sheik called on other rebel factions to follow the same path and enter peace negotiations with government for the good of the Somali people.

Diaspora community groups of Ethiopian Somalis from U.S. and Britain told Sudan Tribune last Friday that they endorsed the peace deal and expressed their support to efforts to bring other factions to the negotiation table.

The statement said the move is a major step forward in realizing national consensus and in boosting development and stability of the country.

The UWSLF is a rival of the Ogaden National Liberation Front, the strongest insurgency now active in the dominantly Somali ethnic Ogaden region in eastern Ethiopia.

The ONLF responded to the deal with a statementon its website claiming that the deal would have ‘no impact on facts on the ground in Ogaden and represents an attempt by the regime to promote the idea that a non-existent peace process is underway in Ogaden.’

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  • 3 August 2010 08:00, by Responsive

    There is also another Rebel group called Ginbot7, I hope they would also sign agreements and drop their armed struggle

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    • 3 August 2010 19:13, by Wolleyewu

      Who has given all this teritory for Somalie. Woyane? Funny. The shaded region region is not Somalie it is Harerge in which mainly Oromos, Amharas and Harere are residing.

      For that matter Somalies are immigrants from somalia to Ethiopia in search of water and grass for their livestokes and to live in Ethiopia as refuges but not they are indiginous to the area. So stop jocking. All this is masterminded by Woyane (Tigre) to distort the image of Ethiopia as a soverighn enitiy.

      Any way the people of Ethiopia will sort it out after the demise of Woyane (Tigre).

      Death for Tigre and Somlies wishing Ethiopians land

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      • 5 August 2010 17:13, by kynan

        To:Wolleyewu: We have a Saying in Ogaden or Somali Language " Aabahaybaa Geel lahaa Anaa Dameerle baa Dhaanta"which raghly means " if your father used to have camel its better to have a donkey now,

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    • 5 August 2010 17:06, by kynan

      the only language that woyane knows is the barrel of the gun, so any who tries to negotiate with this rouge ragime will endup in jail or be killed. ONLF Should Keep up its straggale for freedom,
      Viva ONLF, VIVA Ogadenia,

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