Ethiopia urges worldwide anti-terror response after Kampala blasts
July 13 2010
Ethiopian authorities Monday condemned the terrorist attack that killed 64 people in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, and urged the international community to immediately tackle the threat of global terrorism without any further delay.
In a statement issued following the twin bombings in Kampala, which also killed some 10 Ethiopians and injured over 70 people, the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry said the attack was linked to Uganda's troop contributions to Somalia.
'The government of Ethiopia condemns in the strongest possible terms this evil and cowardly attack and expresses its solidarity with the people and government of Uganda,' the statement said.
The attacks in the Ugandan capital occurred days after the Somali terrorist group linked to the Al Qaeda network, the Al Shabab, issued warnings that it would attack Ugandan and Burundian interests.
The warnings followed last week's resolutions by a group of East African leaders to tighten regional action against the Al Shabab in Somalia.
The declarations issued after the Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) heads of state and government Summit meeting in Addis Ababa on 5 July called for immediate troop reinforcement in Somalia to tighten the fight against terrorism there.
Ethiopian government praised Kampala for its commitment to fighting terrorism inside Somalia, saying 'It is a country discharging its Pan-Africanist duties with unreserved full commitment.'
The attack, the Ethiopian officials said, was an attack against the entire interest of Africa, which requires urgent international action.
'Those who have chosen this method (terrorism) and their defenders should not be allowed to succeed,' the statement added.
Ugandan authorities have linked the attacks to the Al Shabab and vowed to capture its planners.
The attackers targeted the Ethiopian Village Restaurant and a rugby club, both in Kampala.
Ethiopia, worried about the impact of the Islamist activities inside Somalia, sent out its troops in late 2006 to crash the Al Shabab militants in the country. Ethiopian troops later withdrew, but the East African nation said it would not rule out the possibility of future interventions if its security inter ests were at stake.
The Ethiopian government said Monday the international community must stop further dithering on the continuing threats posed by the Somali militants.
'Ambiguous stand on this (terrorism) question and dithering would indeed be tragic and the highest of follies for the international community,' it said.