Ethiopia may leave Somalia

August 28th, 2008 | by addis portal |

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi says his country’s forces are ready to leave Somalia. He made his statement in an interview with the Financial Times. Mr Meles says the operation is costing too much money. According to the prime minister, Ethiopia is becoming increasingly frustrated at the continuing instability of the Somalian interim government.

The Ethiopian government sent troops into Somalia at the end of 2006 to drive Islamist rebels from the capital Mogadishu. However, discord among cabinet members has increased ever since the transitional government was re-installed. The instability of the cabinet has played into the hands of the insurgents, who have continued their attacks.
Somalia has been a failed state since the fall of the Mohamed Siad Barre regime in 1991. It is feared that Somalia could slide into an even deeper crisis if the Ethiopian forces were to leave.

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