ONLF-Ethiopia Nairobi Talks End With No Breakthrough
Ongoing talks between Ethiopia and separatist rebels ONLF have ended with no breakthrough, Radio Dalsan has learnt. The talks had earlier been extended after the two sides failed to come up with an agreement. According to a source privy to the meetings agenda the two sides agreed to meet at a yet to be announced date. 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.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.
The negotiations come 6 months after Somali government handed over ONLF leader Abdikarin Sheikh Muse to Ethiopian authorities.