Conflict, Peace talks, ETHIOPIA:
Little hope for an end to Ogaden conflict

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ADDIS ABABA - The latest rounds of talks between the Ethiopian government and the Ogaden National Liberation Front have reached a stalemate.
 
Intellectuals from Ogaden, a territory in the southeast of the Somali Region in Ethiopia, have fought for an independent state since the 1991 fall from power of Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam.

It is one of nine ethnically-based administrative regions in the country and is poorly developed. The rebel group alleges that the government has committed countless human rights abuses there.

The breakdown in talks followed a demand by Addis Ababa’s negotiating team that the rebels accept Ethiopia’s constitution before the talks could continue.

The talks were being mediated by Kenyan Defence Minister, Yusef Huji. /IPS (END//2012)

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