The border dispute between Somalia and Ethiopia has worsened, and the two countries are reportedly on the brink of armed combat.
The border dispute between Somalia and Ethiopia has worsened, and the two countries are reportedly on the brink of armed combat. Somalia claims two divisions of Ethiopian troops have massed along the border between the two countries. Ethiopia has repeatedly denied the charge, and claims Somalia plans to occupy a slice of disputed territory, now occupied mainly by Somali herdsmen.
The Organisation of African Unity has tried to defuse the situation without success. In the latest mediation attempt, the C.A.U. sent President Jaafar El -Nimeiry of the Sudan for talks with Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and General Siad Barre, the Somali leader.
President Nimeiry arrived in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, on Saturday (June 23) and was accorded a colourful welcome. Later he moved on to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, for talks with General Barre. The President was expected back in Addis Ababa, where further attempts will be made to bring about a reapproachment.
SYNOPSIS: President Nimeiry of the Sudan leaves Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday, after trying to mediate in the border dispute with Somalia. Emperor Haile Selassie accorded him a colourful farewell, complete with flags, troops and salutes. But behind the pageantry...the dispute, which threatens to erupt into armed conflict.
Somalia claims Ethiopia has deployed two divisions of troops along the border.
Ethiopia denies the charge, and claims Somalia plans to take part of the disputed area by force.
The Organisation of African Unity has been trying to defuse the situation, so far without success.
One previous meeting ended in bitter discord.
President Nimeiry's mission is the latest attempt by the organisation to settle the dispute, before things get worse.
The President's initial stop over in Addis Ababa was brief. After talks he left aboard an Ethiopian airliner, for the Somali capital, Mogadishu, and discussions with Somali leader, General Said Barre. After that, a further meeting in Addis Ababa.