March 13, 1991 |
The U.S. government suggested that American diplomatic dependents and non-essential staff leave Ethiopia after a string of victories by rebel forces, diplomats said. The advisory is strictly voluntary, but envoys in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, said they expect a "considerable number" of the approximately 40 U.S. dependents to leave. Since launching their latest offensive Feb.
February 23, 1991 |
U.S.-sponsored peace talks aimed at ending the nearly 30-year war between Ethiopia and the rebel province of Eritrea broke up after achieving minimal progress, a senior U.S. official said. The United States is trying to broker an agreement in which Eritreans would eventually be able to vote in a referendum to determine their future status.
July 22, 1990 |
A bloody conflict in Ethiopia is presenting Israel with a dilemma: whether to continue to supply arms to the battered Marxist government of Mengistu Haile Mariam and keep the flow of black Jewish immigrants open, or cut off the weapons and risk a bottleneck in Addis Ababa, Foreign Ministry officials here say. The decision is complicated further by the sinking fortunes of the Communist government in Ethiopia.
July 14, 1990 |
Ethiopian leader Mengistu Haile Mariam is denying 10,000 Jews permission to emigrate to Israel as a way to get military supplies from the Jewish state, a leader of the Ethiopian community in Israel said. The accusation comes amid reports that Mengistu's hard-line Marxist government is teetering as secessionist rebels gain ground in their battle to topple him.
June 23, 1990 |
With rebel groups closing in, embattled Ethiopian President Mengistu Haile Mariam has admitted his country is on the verge of collapse. Urging the people in an impassioned speech to Parliament on Thursday to rally and save the nation, Mengistu for the first time confirmed rebel reports of fierce fighting north of the capital, Addis Ababa, and the Red Sea province of Eritrea. "Citizens must realize . . .
June 6, 1990 |
Ethiopian rebels warned Tuesday that if a proposal to use Soviet aircraft to take U.S. food aid to famine victims goes ahead, the planes could be attacked. Presidents Bush and Mikhail S. Gorbachev agreed last weekend on the proposal to help speed up food deliveries.
June 4, 1990 |
The unexpected U.S.-Soviet pledge to begin a joint airlift of food aid to hungry Ethiopians is symbolic of a major new effort by the two countries to work together in ending one of Africa's longest running civil wars, Administration officials said Sunday.
March 10, 1990 |
Heavy fighting between government and rebel forces has all but destroyed a Red Sea port crucial to the famine-relief effort in northern Ethiopia, aid officials and diplomats here believe. The result is that more than 2 million people in that region may face starvation this year, even if peace quickly returns--itself an unlikely prospect. The toll could approach that of the Ethiopian famine of 1984-85, when up to a million people starved to death.
February 16, 1990 |
No famine relief food has been trucked from Ethiopia's northern port of Massawa for a week because of fierce fighting between government and rebel forces along the Red Sea coast, church groups reported. The U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization repeated a warning that 1.1 million tons of grain will be needed to ward off starvation threatening 4 million people in Ethiopia. House-to-house fighting was reported between Eritrean rebels and government troops battling for control of Massawa.
February 15, 1990 |
Ethiopian rebels claimed to have killed hundreds of government troops in recent fighting. The Eritrean People's Liberation Front said it killed 600 troops in fighting around Keren, and the Tigre People's Liberation Front said it killed 1,800 in Wollo Province. Neither claim could be confirmed.