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US and Ethiopia agree to cooperate in Somlia and Sudan’s Darfur

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December 11, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopia and the United States agreed to cooperate together in order to end the ongoing crisis in Somalia and Sudan’s Darfur

Meles Zenawi met on Thursday with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Africa, Vicki Huddleston and discussed with her the bilateral relations between the two countries and the troubled situation in Somalia and Darfur.

Following the meeting with the Prime Minister on Thursday, Huddleston told reporters they agreed to work together toward resolving the existing crisis in Somalia and the Sudan. The US official did not elaborate on the mechanism of this cooperation.

Despite the good ties between the two countries, the Obama Administration told Addis Ababa earlier this year that it prefers to support directly the Somali army and urged Addis Ababa to not intervene militarily again in Somalia.

Ethiopia is one of the major contributors to the hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur, Addis Ababa also agreed to provide the joint mission with five tactical helicopters to operate effectively across the restive province.

Meles expressed Ethiopia’s keenness to develop Ethiopia-US bilateral relations. He also reaffirmed Ethiopia’s willingness to work together with the US in efforts geared toward resolving the crisis in Somalia and in Sudan’ Darfur.

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  • 12 December 2009 03:15, by Samson Shawel Ambaye

    God be with USA.
    Where on earth Ethiopian illegal and criminal ex-rebels help Somalia and Darfur???????????????????????????

    24. Ethiopian Indigenous Victims of Corporate and Government Resource
    .................According to Snow, the U.S. government was informed about the unfolding violence in the Gambella region as early as December 16, 2003. Massacres were reportedly ordered by the commander of the Ethiopian army in Gambella, Nagu Beyene, with the authorization of Gebrehad Barnabas, Regional Affairs Minister of the Ethiopian government.
    According to Anuak sources relying on sympathetic oppositionists within the regime, the EPRDF plans to procure the petroleum of Gambella were laid out at a top-level cabinet meeting in Addis Ababa (the capital of Ethiopia) in September 2003. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi chaired the meeting, at which the militant ethnic cleansing of the Anuaks was reportedly openly discussed. December 13, 2003 marked the start of a coordinated military operation to systematically eliminate Anuaks. Sources from inside the military government’s police and intelligence network say that the code name of the military operation was: “OPERATION SUNNY MOUNTAIN.”
    As of November 4, 2004, at least 1,500 and perhaps as many as 2,500 Anuak civilians have died in the recent fighting. Intellectuals, leaders, students and other educated classes have been intentionally targeted. Hundreds of people remain unaccounted for and many have mysteriously “disappeared.” Thousands and perhaps tens of thousands of Anuak homes have reportedly been burned.
    The Anuak men have been killed, arrested, or displaced, leaving thousands of women and children vulnerable. Anuak women and girls are routinely raped, gang-raped and kept as sexual slaves by EPRDF forces, often at gunpoint. Girls have been shot for resisting rape, and summary executions for girls held captive for prolonged periods as sexual slaves have been reported. Reports from non-Anuak police officials in Gambella indicate an average of up to seven rapes per day. Due to the isolation of women and girls in rural areas, rapes remain under-reported. Some 6,000 to 8,000 Anuak remain at refugee camps in Pochalla, Sudan, and there are an estimated 1,000 annual refugees in Kenya. In August 2004, approximately 25 percent (roughly 50,000 people) of Gambella’s population had been displaced.
    To the Anuak and other indigenous peoples of southwestern Ethiopia, the government of Prime minister Meles Zenawi is a ruthless military dictatorship.............

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