Ethiopian govt. accuses Norway of 'destabilizing' region
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ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Ethiopia on Tuesday justified its decision to expel Norwegian diplomats arguing that Oslo was interfering in its internal affairs and destablising the Horn of Africa.
"The reason for their expulsion is Norway's repeated and widespread interference in destabilising the Horn of Africa, and Ethiopia in particular," Bereket Simon, a top aide to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, told AFP.
"This decision is not sudden, we have repeatedly raised the issue with Norwegian officials. We had warned them to refrain from interfering in our internal affairs," he said.
Norway announced Monday it had been informed by Ethiopia on August 15 that Addis Ababa was "dissatisfied" with Oslo's diplomacy in the region and was demanding the Scandinavian country downscale its embassy staff.
Norwegian Junior Foreign Minister Raymond Johansen told AFP on Monday that Addis Ababa had accused Oslo of favouring its arch-foe Eritrea in regional mediation efforts.(More...)
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