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06ADDISABABA1578
2006-06-09 13:51:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Addis Ababa
Cable title:  

ETHIOPIA: DEPUTY FM ASKS FOR USG ASSISTANCE ON

Tags:   PREL  PGOV  KPKO  PREF  SU 
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FM AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1013
RUEHKH/AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM 0895
INFO RUCNIAD/IGAD COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
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RUEKDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L ADDIS ABABA 001578 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/12/2016
TAGS: PREL PGOV KPKO PREF SU
SUBJECT: ETHIOPIA: DEPUTY FM ASKS FOR USG ASSISTANCE ON
POSSIBLE GOS INVOLVEMENT IN GROWING MIGRATION PROBLEM


Classified By: Charge Vicki Huddleston for reason 1.4 (b) and (d).



1. (C) Summary: Deputy Foreign Minister Tekeda Alemu told
the Charge June 7 that the GOE was increasingly concerned
about a growing armed population of an estimated 60 thousand
ethnic Sudanese Nuer in the Gambella region of Ethiopia and
believed the problem may be directly attributable to a GOS
official. Tekeda said the GOE intends to proceed "carefully"
and without force, but calls from Ethiopian citizens
domestically and abroad to address the problem have put the
GOE in a difficult position. End Summary.



2. (C) Minister Tekeda explained how a growing number of
armed Sudanese Nuer have entered Ethiopia since 2001 only to
push out indigenious ethnicities and now occupy a large swath
of land along the border in the Gambella region. Tekeda told
the Charge this was understandably a sensitive issue but
remained concerned about reports that a senior Sudanese
government official, whom he called "Dr. Goche," was linked
somehow to the increased movement of Nuer into Ethiopia.
(Note: Tekeda may be referring to Salah Ghosh, Director
General of the National Intelligence Security Service. End
Note) Tekeda asked the Charge for USG assistance in
determining the level of GOS complicity and an appropriate
course of action.
HUDDLESTON