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Vol 40 No 10

Published 14th May 1999


Eritrea

Regional collisions

The Eritrea-Ethiopia war is helping the Islamist regime in Khartoum and further destabilising Djibouti and Somalia

The main beneficiary of the Eritrean-Ethiopian war (AC Vol 40 No 4, Pride and prejudice & My enemy's enemy) is Sudan’s National Islamic Front government. A year ago, both Addis Ababa and Asmara were committed to backing the northern and southern Sudanese opposition, grouped in the National Democratic Alliance, which was making increasingly effective attacks on NIF forces. Ethiopia has since reduced its support for the NDA after meetings with the NIF; more surprisingly, Asmara is also cosying up to Khartoum, signing a ‘reconciliation’ agreement in Qatar on 2 May.

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