June 1, 1991 |
The United States will not oppose independence for Ethiopia's rebellious province of Eritrea and expects the new government in Addis Ababa to negotiate a peaceful settlement of the long secession struggle, the State Department's chief of African affairs said Friday. "If (the Eritreans) want to exercise the right of self-determination, there's nobody who's going to stop them," Assistant Secretary of State Herman Cohen said.
May 31, 1991 |
This capital appeared to slowly regain an air of normality Thursday as its fledgling government of former rebels ordered residents to return to work, and demonstrations against the new authorities and the United States eased. At least three new demonstrations formed around parts of the city's downtown, but none materialized in front of the U.S. Embassy, where Wednesday waves of marchers denounced the U.S. government's role in the takeover of Addis Ababa by rebel troops the previous day.
May 29, 1991 |
An army of youthful and remarkably disciplined rebel soldiers was in full military command of this capital Tuesday, and in London agreement was reached under U.S. mediation for the rebels to rule the country until a new provisional government is formed. Troops of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) took control of Addis Ababa after a dawn assault that found the city almost entirely undefended by government forces. The anxiety of the city's 2.
August 21, 2012 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Washington relied for years on Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to help crush Islamist terrorist groups in the volatile Horn of Africa. But now the charismatic strongman is gone and America's immediate concern is whether the regional fight against Al Qaeda-linked groups such as the Shabab in Somalia will drift and lose its way. Meles died late Monday after an illness that the country's leadership had kept secret for months. Ethiopian officials were at pains Tuesday to reassure the world that there would be no major policy deviations or power vacuum.
August 31, 2012 |
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, who died last week after a long illness, liked to portray his country's leadership as collective. But there was never any doubt about who was in charge. As dictators go, he had much going for him. Stunningly smart, strategic, practical, he cared about his country and, by all appearances, resisted the kind of graft and corruption that has plagued many African nations. During his rule, Ethiopia's economy expanded significantly, and he played an important role in the wider region.
December 8, 2002 |
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi appealed to donors to help feed the 11.3 million people in his nation he said face severe food shortages. Meles said thousands of deaths could be avoided if the world takes seriously the mounting crisis in the Horn of Africa nation. Ethiopia, which has a population of about 67 million, is one of the world's 10 poorest countries and is suffering a poor harvest this year. It is also recovering from a 2 1/2-year border war with Eritrea.