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Ethiopia Accused of Genocide in Somalia April 14, 2007

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The Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia’s transitional government today accused Ethiopia of genocide through its intervention in Somalia.

The accusations came from Hussein Aideed – a former Somali warlord who is the deputy prime minister of the transitional government.

Ethiopia dismissed Mr Aideed’s comments as an absolute fabrication.

Source: news.bbc.co.uk

Aideed is highly placed in the transitional government and as Robert Walker notes in this report, his statements are in effect a measure of the dissatisfaction and disunity within the provisional government. Ethiopia invaded Somalia in December to dislodge the Union of Islamic Courts. But the opposition is growing and now it includes:

militias from the Hawiye clan – and they are supported by a groundswell of popular anger towards the Ethiopians.

 
Many in Mogadishu are opposed to any foreign military presence – and view neighbouring Ethiopia in particular as a longstanding rival.

 
An offensive by Ethiopian troops in Mogadishu last month has only increased that opposition.

Source: news.bbc.co.uk

The Ethiopians promised to be out in a matter of weeks, but show no signs of drawing down troops after five months of gritty urban warfare.

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