Ethiopia-ONLF Nairobi Talks Extended After Hitch

Ongoing talks between  Ethiopia and separatist rebels ONLF  has been extended after the two sides failed to come up with an agreement.

A source following the talks in Nairobi Kenya told Radio Dalsan the three day meeting was extend to a fourth day despite earlier announcement that a pact had been made.

The first round of talks between Ethiopia and the Ethiopian separatist rebel group ONLF commenced on Sunday in the Kenya capital Nairobi.

Present at the talks included controversial Ethiopian Political advisor to IGAD General Gabre, Abdi Omar Iley Ethiopia`s Somali regional President and Abdirahman Madey ONLF´s foreign representative.

Kenyan officials are facilitating the talks and was represented by Senator Yusuf Hajji, Governor Ali Korane , Ambassador Mohamed Affey and MP Yusuf Hassan.

The negotiations come 6 months after Somali government handed over ONLF leader Abdikarin Sheikh Muse to Ethiopian authorities.

A 2015 agreement between Somalia and Ethiopia designates both Alshabaab and ONLF as terrorist groups.

 

ONLF was established in 1984 to fight for the right to self determination for the more than 7 million ethnic Somalis in the Somali region of Ethiopia.

Since 1994 it has claimed several attacks targeting Ethiopian forces in the region and todays meet in Nairobi is the latest attempt to end the rebellion.

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