Ethiopia has agreed to attend
peace talks with Eritrea (in Holland) next week. Both nations are deadlocked
over who should own a patch of disputed desert on their common border. In the
last nine years, over 70,000 soldiers have died in battles that attempted to
settle the matter by force. That has not worked, but negotiations have not been
August 27, 2007: The government said will continue
to seek investors who will develop mining and petroleum resources in the
country. This was the response to the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)
which threatened to attack oil and mineral exploration teams in the Ogaden
region. Most of the people who livein the Ogaden region are ethnic Somalis. In
fact, many Somalis regard the Ogaden as one of Somalia's "missing regions." In
April the ONLF attacked a Chinese-owned oil rig in the Ogaden.
August 25, 2007: Senior leaders in Somalia's
Islamic Courts militia organization have started a new political offensive
against Ethiopia. The Islamic Courts has vowed to force Ethiopia to remove its
troops from Somalia. In a recent statement, the Islamic Courts accused Ethiopia
of intending to "colonize" Somalia.
August 19, 2007: Eritrea has once again moved
troops into the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) which separates Ethiopia and
Eritrea. Approximately 4,000 troops, supported by tanks and artillery, took up
new positions in the TSZ in early August. Eritrea has around 120,000 troops
near the border area. Ethiopia has approximately 100,000 troops within striking
distance of the disputed border region.