Oct. 18 (ESAT News)–The Ethiopian government’s effort to strike a peace deal with the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), an insurgent group fighting for the rights of Ethiopian Somalis, has failed as both sides blamed the other for the dead-end.
In a statement issued through the Ethiopian Embassy in Nairobi, the Ethiopian government admit the stalling of negotiation and blamed ONLF for refusing to accept the constitutional order. ONLF on its part attributed the failure of the talks to unnecessary preconditions set by the government.
The talks were underway from October 15-17 in Nairobi. The government said the negotiations were interrupted after the ONLF, led by Mohammed Osman, refused to operate under the constitutional framework. The regime further indicated that its delegation was led by the Defense Minister, Sirage Fergesa.
Abdurahid Mahdi, ONLF’s Foreign Relations head and chief negotiator in the Kenya-brokered talks, blamed the Ethiopian government for putting obstacles that resulted in the interruption of the negotiations.