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Ethiopia briefs foreign envoys on recent conflicts


ADDIS ABABA, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) — The Ethiopian government on Tuesday briefed Addis Ababa-based foreign envoys on the current state of affairs and conflicts witnessed in the east African country.

Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu said the recent clashes in Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states were instigated by rent-seeking groups who wanted to take advantage of minor conflicts and that the government has been working to dismantle wrongdoings along the two regional states border.

The border conflict resulted in killings and substantial displacement of civilians and illegal protests occurred in at least eight towns of the Oromia region, causing the death of eight people in Shashemene and Borena areas, Gebeyehu said.

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission is investigating the causes of deaths and alleged abuses as a result of the reported clashes, the minister said.

“Once the investigation of the Commission is completed, the government will take action in accordance with relevant laws of the state on perpetrators of the recent killings and displacement,” Gebeyehu said.

Noting the various efforts that were made to assist the displaced people, Gebeyehu said that the rehabilitation program has been given due emphasis by the Ethiopian government.

He said the Oromia regional state has taken measures against offenders who targeted civilians.

Gebeyehu also noted that the government move to devalue the Ethiopian birr by 15 percent is to promote the east African country’s exports sector

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