Ethiopia Says Somaliland Displaced Thousands of Oromo People
- Arrivals come after clashes on border of two Ethiopian states
- Nation says it’s facing challenges from territorial disputes
(Bloomberg) — Ethiopia accused neighboring Somaliland of illegally displacing more than 3,000 long-term Oromo residents in the wake of clashes on the boundary between two of Ethiopia’s regional states.
Under the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, a rebel movement that took power in 1991 after overthrowing a military regime, Africa’s second most populous nation has a federalized system designed to give autonomy to ethnic groups. The International Monetary Fund ranks Ethiopia as the continent’s fastest-growing economy, but unrest has threatened to derail the boom.
Ethiopia is now facing “some challenges” from territorial disputes between its ethnic groups, Negeri said. “We understand that the process of building democracy is in an infant stage,” but the EPRDF is determined to restore peace, he said.
Federal armed forces are taking “appropriate action” against armed groups “trying to destabilize the area,” and are investigating allegations including of extra-judicial killings, Negeri said. During the border clashes, Oromia authorities accused the Somali region’s special police of killing Oromos, while the Somali region accused the Oromo Liberation Front, a rebel group outlawed by the federal government, of involvement, Negeri said.
The U.S. last week urged Ethiopia to conduct a transparent investigation into all allegations of violence and to hold those responsible accountable.