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Rice to Addis Ababa

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, as part of recent heavy stream of American officials visiting Africa, is arriving Tuesday in Ethiopia’s capital of Addis Ababa for two days of meetings. Rice’s schedule will be tightly packed as she seeks to address a wide-range of ongoing and potential conflicts on the African continent. It appears that Rice, in meetings with a number of African officials, will have two main priorities.

1) Address the instability in the Great Lakes region, a geographic area that includes the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and Kenya. A variety of insurgent groups are operating in the loosely governed regions of the Congo. These include the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, a Hutu group fingered in the Rwandan genocide; the militia of rogue Congolese General Laurent Nkunda; and the Lord’s Resistance Army, operating against the Ugandan government.

2) Address the spiraling violence in Somalia. Rice is scheduled to meet with Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed and Somalia’s newly installed Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein. The meetings on this front are to also touch on the Eritrea’s role in the conflict. Finally, Rice will meet with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi regarding tensions along the shared border with Eritrea.

In other news, on November 30, the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) dissolved itself. The commission outlined a border between the two countries in 2002, but no permanent agreement could be reached on the border’s status between the two countries as Ethiopia was opposed to the awarding of the town of Badme to Eritrea. The termination of the commission was deemed a potential flash point for war between Eritrea and Ethiopia as identified in the International Crisis Group’s report, “Ethiopia and Eritrea: Stopping the Slide to War,” of early last month.

3 Comments

Clay,

I thought you might find the link below interesting on the negative role that Jendayi Frazer ( State Department) is playing in the border issue, from non other that John Bolton.

http://www.slate.com/id/2178793/

i thought you might find the link below interesting on the POSITIVE role that Jendayi Frazer ( State Department) is playing in the border issue,

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2007/nov/96040.htm

some Eritreans have been trying to defame her, instead of stopping the mass exodus caused by dictator isaias. the link above should shut up their accusations because jendayi responded to their comments. God bless america and God bless the innocent people of Eritrea who have to suffer under dictator isayas afewerki and his regime.

Jack,

This has nothing to do with defaming, it is about meddling in things that will backfire in a big way. She might refute the allegations, but reality, experts and John Bolton say otherwise.

About Eritrean leadership should be left to the Eritrean people, but Jenday Frazer (State Department) should not break International rule of law, as it was clearly stated in the article, it will have a major implication.

This is already setting a bad precedent in the dispute between Nigeria and Cameroon, where Nigeria is back peddling in the middle of handing over the disputed oil rich area that international arbitration gave to Cameroon.