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06ADDISABABA2832 2006-10-20 12:13:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Addis Ababa
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ETHIOPIA: DEPUTY FM REACTS TO CONTACT GROUP

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SUBJECT: ETHIOPIA: DEPUTY FM REACTS TO CONTACT GROUP
STATEMENT

Classified By: CHARGE VICKI HUDDLESTON FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D).



1. (C) Summary. Deputy Foreign Minister Tekeda Alemu told
Charge October 20 that the statement from the Somalia Contact
Group was positive in that it confirmed the international
community's support of the TFG, but it would have been better
if the contact group had publicly supported a partial lifting
of the arms embargo. The Charge urged continued restraint
and recommended that Ethiopia let the issue of the arms
embargo play out in the UN before taking any military action
in Somalia. Tekeda said that Ethiopia would continue to
monitor the CIC's activities and may be forced into action by
the Courts. Charge told Tekeda that she was concerned about
press reports leaking information from the independent
commission's investigation and recommended that the GOE
address the allegations quickly. At the conclusion of the
meeting, Tekeda asked that the US supply money or equipment
to Somaliland and Puntland. End Summary.

REACTION TO SOMALIA CONTACT GROUP STATEMENT


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2. (C) Tekeda said the contact groups statement was a
"strong" message that the international community supports
the TFG. He expressed his disappointment, however, that the
statement had not addressed the arms embargo. He said
Ethiopia's next action will likely be dictated by the CIC
response to the statement. Charge urged Ethiopia to continue
its path of restraint and delay any military action until the
UN takes up the matter of the arms embargo. Tekeda stressed
that Ethiopia was still looking for a way to avoid conflict
with Somalia, but warned that his country could not wait long
for the international community to act.

INQUIRY COMMISSION


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3. (C) Charge gave Tekeda a copy of the Department's press
guidance which condemns the excessive use of force. She
reminded Tekeda that she had urged the government to address
this issue in order to assure the independence of the
commission and to avoid leaked information from the
independent commission's investigation of the
electoral-related violence last year. Tekeda said that the
report was "superficial" and not "fair" to the GOE. Tekeda
also said that the USG press guidance was excessive in its
condemnation of Ethiopia. He said he hoped the US was not
"playing the gallery" and would "tone it down." Charge
regretted that the GOE had not allowed an unadulterated
version of the report to be released and recommended that the
government tackle these allegations with seriousness and
conviction. Tekeda admitted that the GOE must deal with the
situation, but noted that that the GOE has never been "adept
at handling things with finesse."

SOMALILAND AND PUNTLAND


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4. (C) Tekeda explained that Puntland and Somaliland have
been requesting military and financial support from Ethiopia.
Tekeda said that Ethiopia could not carry the burden alone
and asked that the US consider offering money or equipment to
Somaliland and Puntland. Charge recommended a direct
approach by Foreign Minister of Somaliland to our Ambassador
in Kenya who is responsible for Somaliland and to the UK.
Charge also argued that by showing restraint to CIC could
well over extend itself as it pushes into Puntland.
HUDDLESTON