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Vol 52 No 7

Published 1st April 2011


Eritrea

The anti-Asmara campaign

Meles is increasing the rhetoric against his neighbour and wants the United Nations to join in action against Asmara

Ethiopia’s blood feud with Eritrea is increasing in bitterness as Addis Ababa seeks to win more regional recruits to its cause. On 12 March, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, once an ideological and military ally of President Issayas Aferwerki, promised to work ‘politically or through other means’ towards ‘changing Eritrea’s policies or its government’. Berhane Gebrekiristos, Ethiopia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, continued in this vein, telling the media that Eritrea was trying to ‘turn Addis Ababa into Baghdad’.

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