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Ethiopia’s Meles meets Al-Bashir in Khartoum

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

September, 20,2010 (ADDIS ABABA) — Ethiopian Prime Minster Meles Zenawi on Sunday made a short visit to Khartoum where he was briefed the Sudanese President, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, on the current state of play in his country.

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Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir (L) and Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in Addis Ababa, April 21, 2009 (Reuters)

According to the official Ethiopia Radio and Television Agency (ERTA), the Ethiopian premier made a stop in Khartoum while on his way to New York to attend the sixty-fifth session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

Meles and al-Bashir discussed the state of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the southern Sudan Referendum and bilateral and regional issues

The referendum is a stipulation of the CPA, in which northern and southern Sudan agreed to lay down arms after 22 years of civil war. The vote, scheduled for January 2011, will give the southern Sudanese the chance to remain united with northern Sudan or to form a new country. Preparations for the referendum are significantly behind schedule.

Meles on the occasion noted that Sudan, working together with peace loving nations in the Horn of Africa, could contribute greatly to the stability of the region

Ethiopian First Lady Azeb Mesfin spoke with her Sudanese counterpart during the visit.

Meles left for New York as per the invitation extended to him by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.

World leaders convene in New York on Tuesday at 3pm for a UN summit on the global goals of fighting poverty, hunger and disease. The summit will review achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and deliberate on development alternatives.

20-22 September the leaders will evaluate the progress made towards the MDGs they signed up for over a decade ago, including halving extreme poverty by 2015.

Almost 150 heads of state are expected to attend the meeting, the UN said, which comes as many donor countries are tightening purse-strings in the wake of large fiscal deficits, rising debts and the global economic crisis.

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  • 21 September 2010 12:07, by Nhial Reath Thoan

    It is not a secrete for why,Ethiopian premier Ato Meles took a short visit to Khartoum. First Ethiopia is lobbying to find a way to prevent the NEW STATE which they will share many things in common including MILITARY POWER should Southern Sudan success in their voting for secession.

    Ethiopia during the past 15 years penetrated deep in to the land of Southern Sudan through its South western border(Buma),which divided them with Jonglei and some part of Eastern Equatoria as well.

    Alot of troubles are awaiting in that part of the border, let alone un delimitation and demarcation.

    In its western part border with Blue Nile it also penetrated deep to some places which were not even parts of Ethiopia during the colonial period.

    Today , you may get the tribes which are less than 50-65 years old in their history in Ethiopia like Murle and Nyangatom. But Ethiopia was doing well ,with its democracy and trying to include these tribes in its ancient history to justify their present in the past.

    Let alone the resource like gold ,in its Southwestern and West-northern border and the oil in its western most part border with Junglei.

    Finally its fear to join the Federation of East African States Trade and Political strategy in the future, could let Ethiopia be reluctant on our independent.

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  • 21 September 2010 14:08, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    In this world be honest,do not commit crime agaist humanitee,it,s now make The Khartoum president Omer Bashir to remain alway in the house or within the Sudan, while Presidents of the whole world are moving freely without fear.
    Bashir confess on this,why you kill the inocent people of Darfurians

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    • 22 September 2010 19:40, by Wolleyewu

      Dear readers especially from South sudan in particular and the entire Sudan in general.

      Ethiopia never and ever conquered the teritory of its negbours in its history. Rather your former leaders in Sudan in couple of times launched invesion against Ethiopia some 50 0r 60 years ago and again during the brave Colonel Mengistu era. But your troops had been dismissed in the soil of Ethiopia by the Emperor Haileselasie and Colonel Mengistu soldiers.

      Now having known that the head of the current regime is too careless to the issue of Ethipia and he stands for disintegrating the country as an entity you ploted to claim Ethiopians’ land as your own, But you will reap what you have sowed. And then frustated and oppressed citizens of Ethiopia will crash away you sudanes looking for Ethiopians’ soil and the current regime elites in Ethiopia.

      Long live for Ethiopians ans Down with cynical sudanes.

      For that matter Sudan and Somalies are the prominent enemies of the Ethiopian people. Ethiopians well know how to handle the case with these coward neghboring peoples but now the priority is to remove the dictatorial Tigray dominated regime in Ethiopia. Let alone for mother land Ethiopia, the sons of Ethiopia never hesitated to sacrifice their invaluable life in the desert Somalia to full fill the interests of the west and US through loyal serevant Meles Zenawi.

      Wollyewu

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