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Vol 39 No 18

Published 11th September 1998


Eritrea

Brothers at war

In diplomacy and the shooting war, both Eritrea and Ethiopia are confident of victory

War has weakened Premier Meles Zenawi but the conflict with Eritrea has certainly not brought him down. Rumours had run through Addis Ababa that he was under house arrest and forbidden to go abroad. However, on 13 July he made an unexpected one-day trip to Nairobi and was back in the Ethiopian headlines. The trip was ostensibly to discuss the reported presence of Oromo Liberation Front fighters in northern Kenya; it also quashed the rumours.

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