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Ethiopia Says Eritrea “manoeuvring” in South Sudan

Tigrai Online
April. 15 2011

During a visit from a Norwegian delegation to discuss regional issues with the Ethiopian government, the Ethiopian Foreign Minister accused Eritrea of interfering in South Sudanese affairs.

The delegation which visited Ethiopia between 12 and 13 April was headed by the Norwegian minister of defence, Grethe Faremo and met with the Ethiopian deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Hailemariam Dessalegn.

According to foreign affairs ministry spokesperson, Dina Mufti, they discussed bilateral agendas and the situations in Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Eritrea.

Hailemariam briefed the delegation on Ethiopia’s cooperation with South Sudan and the post-referendum situation. Hailemariam accused arch-foe, Eritrea of ‘‘interference in South Sudan’’

“Eritrea is manoeuvring and intervening in the affairs of South Sudan” he said.

He called up on the Norwegian government and the international community to press Eritrea to desist from intervening into the Sudanese affairs

He further explained Ethiopia’s latest shift in policy towards the Eritrean government. The Ethiopian government has recently suggested it may be forced to take military action against Eritrea to stop what it describes as continuing “terrorist acts”.