Negotiations

Ethiopia: Turkey-led Talks with Somalia Go beyond Port Deal

Ethiopia: Turkey-led Talks with Somalia Go beyond Port Deal

Ambassador Nebiyu Tedla, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, provided an update on current diplomatic issues. Among the topics addressed, the negotiations between Ethiopia and Somalia in Turkey’s capital, Ankara, emerged as the most significant. The second round of Ethiopian-Somali negotiations, facilitated by Turkey, commenced in Ankara and is set to continue on September 2, 2024. When asked about the potential for external interference in these negotiations, Ambassador Nebiyu emphasized Ethiopia’s historical commitment to safeguarding its national interests. “Ethiopia has always negotiated to protect its national interests and has never surrendered to foreign interventions,” he stated.…
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Ethiopia and Somalia Begin Negotiations in Ankara

Ethiopia and Somalia Begin Negotiations in Ankara

Ethiopia and Somalia have initiated negotiations in Ankara. Turkey has begun mediating between Ethiopia and Somalia, whose relations have recently deteriorated. According to Reuters, citing sources close to the matter, the negotiations are taking place in the Turkish capital, Ankara. However, neither the Turkish government nor the representatives from Ethiopia and Somalia have yet confirmed these reports. Somalia media outlets have reported that a delegation led by the country's Foreign Minister, Ahmed Mualim Feqi, departed for Turkey yesterday. Nonetheless, Somalia's Foreign Ministry has not confirmed this information. Similarly, an official from Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has declined to comment…
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Ethiopia’s Army general and Oromo liberation militant leader meets in Zanzibar

Ethiopia’s Army general and Oromo liberation militant leader meets in Zanzibar

Ethiopian National Defense Army top generals and the leader of the Oromo Liberation Army, Jal Mero, met face-to-face in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The second round of peace talks between the Ethiopian government and the armed group of the Oromo Liberation Army has begun in Tanzania. According to a report published by the BBC citing sources close to the matter, the peace talks have been going on for a few days and are being attended by representatives of armed forces from both sides. The East African Nations Organization (IGAD), the United States, Norway, and Kenya took the role of coordinator and facilitator…
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Third tripartite GERD negotiation kicks off in Cairo, Egypt

Third tripartite GERD negotiation kicks off in Cairo, Egypt

The third round of talks on the rules and guidelines for the filling and annual operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) kicked off today, in Cairo, Egypt.  Ministry of foreign affairs announced, Ethiopia participates in these negotiations with a commitment to a negotiated outcome through the trilateral talks. Ethiopia’s positive expectation for these talks is based on the foundation provided by the Agreement on the Declaration of Principles (DoP). These talks are part of the efforts of the three countries to forge stronger partnerships. For this purpose, the three countries are expected to discharge their shared responsibility of…
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GERD’s Second round of tripartite negotiations kicks off in Addis Ababa

GERD’s Second round of tripartite negotiations kicks off in Addis Ababa

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met and discussed with Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi about the dam when he attended the leaders' forum of neighbouring countries organized by Egypt on the stability of Sudan last July. The leaders of the two countries had discussed the resumption of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) water filling and agreed to start the tripartite dialogue which had been suspended for the last two years. According to this agreement, two weeks ago, the technical experts of the dam negotiators of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan met in Cairo, Egypt. Following that, the second tripartite dialogue started…
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Addis Ababa to host next round GERD’s tripartite negotiation

Addis Ababa to host next round GERD’s tripartite negotiation

The tripartite negotiations on the Ethiopian Great Renaissance Dam (GERD), which Ethiopia is building on the trans-boundary Nile River, have been terminated due to various reasons. This tripartite negotiation, which has been taking place under the auspices of the African Union, has been taking place between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan. The political unrest in Sudan and Ethiopia were the main reasons for the failure of the tripartite negotiations and the changing position of Egypt. A month ago, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who went to Cairo, Egypt to participate in the forum of neighboring countries to find a solution to the…
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Ethiopia urged to reveal about Zanzibar’s negotiation

Ethiopia urged to reveal about Zanzibar’s negotiation

Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice (EZEMA) urged the government to provide sufficient information about its negotiations with the Oromo Liberation Army in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The party said that especially in the last few years in the Oromia region, we have clearly seen citizens being killed because of their identity, their property destroyed and displaced from their villages. The party has expressed its support for negotiations to end such kind of suffering of the citizens. However, the party announced in a statement that the negotiations that have been held at different times in the past five years, including the time when…
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Ethiopia and Oromo rebel group negotiations begin in Zanzibar

Ethiopia and Oromo rebel group negotiations begin in Zanzibar

Talks between the Ethiopian government and rebels from the Oromiya region have started in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania, a spokesman for regional Africa group IGAD told Reuters on Tuesday. Rebel groups in Oromiya, which is the biggest of Ethiopia's 11 regions and surrounds the capital Addis Ababa, have battled the federal government for decades. In recent years the violence has left hundreds dead and displaced tens of thousands, with Oromos accusing the government of marginalising and neglecting Oromos, the country's largest ethnic group. "The talks are under way in Tanzania as we speak…we hope [it] will lead to…
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Russia announces not to politicise the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Russia announces not to politicise the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Russia announces not to politicise the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Russian Ambassador to Ethiopia said that, while the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is a development issue, no need to politicise it. The Russian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Yegni Terki, told Ethio FM that his government is free and independent on the dam. The ambassador stated that Moscow has good relations with Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, and that he will not accept the effort to make the dam a political issue. He recalled that Russia opposed the dam negotiation process when it went to the Security Council. He also stated that…
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Oromia region president calls to OLF to negotiation

Oromia region president calls to OLF to negotiation

Oromia Region president Shimeles Abdisa called for peace and reconciliation with OLF The president made the call at the 4th regular meeting of the law makers meeting. Mr. Shimels Abdisa presented the regional government's performance report and said, "Peace is the basis for everything. Without peace, it is impossible to think about development." Mr. Shimels pointed out that the state government is working to ensure the peace of the state. The president said that, "I respectfully call on the armed forces in our region, namely, the oromia libration front (OLF) Shene, to come to peaceful ways." Government is paying great…
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