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Britain, Ethiopia vow to support peace in the Sudans, Somalia

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

February 16, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) - Ethiopia and Britain have vowed to jointly exert more support to ensure durable peace and stability in the volatile Horn of Africa region after a meeting between the United Kingdom’s deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, and Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, on Friday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

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The UK’s deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg (Flickr / creative commons)

According to government sources, the two sides discussed ways they could aid ongoing efforts to improve relations between Sudan and South Sudan, stressing the need for Juba and Khartoum to resolve all remaining issues outstanding from the South’s independence and establish friendly relations to bring development to their peoples.

A year after landlocked South Sudan proclaimed independence in July 2011 taking with it 75% of Sudan’s oil resources, the newest nation halted oil production over a transit fee dispute with Sudan. Although the two neighbours last September managed to resolve the deadlock over transit fees, oil production remains pending due to border and security issues.

With regard to Somalia, the Ethiopian premier said that Addis Ababa and London have reached an agreement to work jointly towards enabling last year’s London conference on Somalia to contribute in ensuring peace and stability in the region.

With Ethiopia the current chair of the African Union (AU) and Britain the current president of the G-8, the two countries said they will work together on building democracy, improving human rights, as well as on socio-economic and political affairs in the Horn of Africa.

Clegg has also held discussions with Ethiopia’s foreign minister, Tedros Adhanom, on a number of common concerns. “We had a very candid discussion, very honest one and very fruitful. And we hope this will take our partnership even to a higher level,” Tedros told local journalists.

After the meeting, Clegg described the meeting as “positive” and said it covered a number of issues. “We also talked about the importance of working together to enhance commercial opportunities,” he added.

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  • 17 February 2013 06:19, by Mapuor

    Racial wars in Dar fur,South Kordufan and Blue Nile should stop first and then talk of South Sudan and Sudan relationship.Khartoum makes impossible demands of disarming its rebels that are in full control of a vast territory of Sudan,something it failed to do.SRF is proven to be self sustaining in terms of logistics,it does not need out side help.Do you know how many bullets a soldier fire

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    • 17 February 2013 06:24, by Mapuor

      per a battle?How many battles are fought in a year to sustain a an armed struggle? answering those question is enough to convince any rational being that SRF can survive for more than three decades without any logistical support from any body.Kony is now surviving despite international efforts. Why hold South Sudan hostage for something Sudan failed to address?

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  • 17 February 2013 06:21, by kamal

    Hahahahaha how can you combin the problem of Somalia with sudan.south Sudan and sudan can understand but Somalia cannot

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    • 17 February 2013 06:44, by Tutbol

      Britain is the N Sudan ally, protector & coach on the international scene on all things to do with S Sudan. So Britain needs to talk to its N Sudan ally, for S Sudan is not going to be fooled by the UK’s sinister double-dealings. N Sudan is bombing S Sudan all the times, the damn UK doesn’t utter any word to condemn its N Sudan ally & when S Sudan retaliate like in April 2012, the UK barks out>>

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      • 17 February 2013 07:16, by Tutbol

        >> its strongest condemnations against S Sudan. Britain continues to delude its self that it can influence people like S Sudanese who have known how shifty & crafty britain is; in & out. But NO, the UK, will always be met with cold stare unless its come out clean on its support of the murderous regime on the planet, is when its will gain S Sudanese trust otherwise the UK is the same devil we know.

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  • 17 February 2013 06:33, by 4Justice

    "For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land". Psalm 35:20

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  • 17 February 2013 07:50, by zulu

    Check out monkey holding lease of a dog. Ironically, we South Sudanese known as Monkeys take care of dogs, known as Mundukuru, Gwang-gwang, a-aaa monkey-holding-leash-on-a-dog.

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  • 17 February 2013 16:22, by Wolleyewu

    This is an other laughing matter. Last time the fake opposition party leader and loyal to the woyaneeeee ’LIDETU AYALEW’ recieved an invitation from Liberal Democrat of UK and this one would be the pay back from Lidetu and or Woyaneeeee. Double standard of UK government is evident on this visit by overlooking repression of Woyaneeee brutality on innocent cevilians.

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