May 20, 2011

Opposition group cut power in western Ethiopia

Filed under: Ethiopia,Meles Zenawi — ethiopiantimes @ 10:51 am
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Source: Ethiopian Review
A large part of western Ethiopia is currently without power after Tinsae Ethiopia Patriots Union has cut electric power lines in Awi Zone last night. Mobile and landline phones have also stopped working due to the power outage. … (read more at in Amharic,


UN Security Council delegation heads to Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya

Filed under: Ethiopia,Kenya,Sudan — ethiopiantimes @ 8:32 am
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May 19, 2011(ADDIS ABABA) – A UN Security Council delegation will travel to countries in East Africa this week on a mission to consult on a range of regional issues and concerns.

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Head of UN delegation travelling to Ethiopia, Gérard Araud (UN)

“The UN Security Council delegation will arrive in Addis Ababa [Ethiopia] on Friday. It will on Saturday have discussions with African Union [AU] officials on the peace and security issues of the region.” Ambassador Dina Mufti, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson confirmed to Sudan Tribune today.

The UN delegation will meet Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and is expected to consult with him over the unsettled border row with Eritrea; a dispute that killed over 70,000 people in a 1998-2000 war.

Headed by Ambassador Gérard Araud, the 15-member body in its first stop in Addis Ababa will have broad consultation discussions with the AU’s Peace and Security Council on developments and ongoing efforts to ensure peace and stability in the volatile region.

According to a statement issued by UN on 18 May, following the visit in Ethiopia, the council’s mission will be headed to Khartoum in north Sudan, Juba in South Sudan, Abyei in central Sudan, and to Kenya.

“The mission will then travel onward to Sudan, where they will congratulate the Comprehensive Peace Agreement [CPA] parties and the people of Sudan for a peaceful and successful referendum,” it said.

The CPA was signed by warring north a South Sudan in 2005. It ended more than two decades of civil war. A stipulation of the CPA was the right of the South Sudanese to vote in a referendum on independence. They voted in favour of secession in January 2011. In July the establishment of the Republic of South Sudan will be celebrated.

The last stop for the UN delegation is Nairobi, where they will meet senior Kenyan government officials to discuss concerns related to situations in Somalia, peacekeeping and reconciliation efforts.

The Council will be back in New York on 27 May to hold consultations ahead of preparations for South Sudan’s declaration of independence and plans for a UN presence in the country.

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