Ethiopia Hints at Policy Shift on Somalia, Financial Times Says

August 28th, 2008 | by addis portal |

By Paul Richardson

Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) — Ethiopia may withdraw its troops from Somalia before the nation’s transitional federal government stabilizes and begins functioning, the Financial Times reported, citing Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

Zenawi’s remarks signal a policy shift because Ethiopia has previously said it will remain in Somalia until the interim government is in control, the London-based newspaper said.

Ethiopia’s withdrawal from Somalia while it remains lawless and violent may result in the state falling into a deeper crisis, the daily said. Ethiopia is closer to withdrawing its troops than at any time in the past, the FT said, citing unidentified analysts.

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