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Vol 52 No 10

Published 13th May 2011


Eritrea

Shouting insults

As Eritrea looks forward to serious earnings from gold, the old quarrel with Ethiopia is heating up again

After more than a decade complaining that they are the wronged party, top Ethiopian officials busily explain their new campaign to overthrow the neighbouring regime of President Issayas Afewerki (AC Vol 52 No 7). After several broadsides, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and his deputy and Foreign Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, told journalists in Addis Ababa on 21 April that they were offering determined support to Eritrean opposition groups. Hailemariam repeated his conviction that Asmara’s main aim was to destabilise Ethiopia.

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