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Ethiopia Agrees to Back Somalia Military Operations, IGAD Says

December 01, 2011

Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Ethiopia agreed to back efforts by Kenya, the African Union and Somalia’s government to end conflict in Somalia, the seven-nation Intergovernmental Authority on Development said.

IGAD, as the bloc is known, asked Ethiopia’s government to “come in and assist peace and stabilization,” Executive Secretary Mahboub Maalim told reporters today in Addis Ababa, the capital. “There was a promise from the Ethiopian government that they would do so.”

The group also condemned Eritrea for supplying arms to the al-Shabaab militia that has waged a four-year insurgency against Somalia’s United Nations-backed government.

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