JENDAYI FRAZER: "HUMANITARIAN CRISIS" IS UNFOLDING IN ETHIOPIA’S OGADEN
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Financial Times - A senior US official has said for the first time that a “humanitarian crisis” is unfolding in Ethiopia’s Ogaden region, putting Washington at odds with the Addis Ababa government, which has rejected similar claims from aid organisations.
Jendayi Frazer, assistant secretary of state for African affairs, made the comment on Saturday following a trip to the region, where government forces are fighting rebels who this year stepped up a violent campaign for self-determination.
Ethiopian government forces have been accused by non-governmental organisations of human rights abuses, but Addis Ababa has rejected the charges and denied reports of shortages of food and medical supplies.
The difference of opinion with the US is significant because the two countries are normally staunch allies. They co-operate closely on anti-terrorism and Washington sees Ethiopia as a source of stability in the highly combustible Horn of Africa.
The Ogaden is gaining attention just as Ethiopia seeks to use the start of its third millennium, which dawns under the country’s calendar on Wednesday, to present a fresh image to the world. “We are trying to co-operate to solve the humanitarian crisis,” Ms Frazer told a press conference in Addis Ababa.(More...)
KINJIT DELEGATIONS ARRIVE IN THE US AND EU
ETP - Top officials of the coalition for unity and democracy party CUDP (also former prisoners of conscience), have arrived in the US and Europe to begin their tour which aims to rejuvenate and revive the diaspora constituency of their organization.
(L to R - Dr Berhanu Nega, Brook Kebede, Gizachew Shiferraw, Bertukan Mideksa, Dr Hailu Araya)
The delegation that arrived in North America yesterday, September 9, 2007, will primarily undertake the delicate task of deciphering and resolving the crises that had enveloped dispora CUDP.
Members of kinijit’s delegation to the US are, Bertukan Mideksa (VP), Dr Berhanu Nega (mayor elect of Addis Abeba), Dr Hailu Araya (CUDP’s spokesperson), Gizachew Shiferraw (Public Relations) and Brook Kebede. The party’s chairman engineer Hailu Shawl, who experienced some difficulty acquiring a US visa, is said to be arriving later this week.
The delegation has planed a stopover at several cities in the U.S. and Canada for a meet and greet with support chapter members.
A second team of prominent members of the party’s leadership has also arrived in London yesterday for a tour of the E.U.
This team consists of ; Muluneh Eyuel(Secretary General), Yacob Haile Mariam (External Affairs), Abayneh Berhanu(council member), Kifle Tigneh and Aschalew Ketema (council member).
Kinijit is hoping that this tour will reenergize the diaspora and completely bring to an end the infighting and feud that had plagued its support organizations for well over a year.
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VIDEO of the delegation (Kinijit) arriving in the U.S. (ETN)-
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