Rebels in Gas-Rich Ethiopian Region in Talks With Government

  • Meeting may help end three-decade insurgency by rebel group

  • Leaders discussed ‘modalities’ for more substantive talks

By Nizar Manek, 19 September 2018
(Bloomberg) --
A rebel group in eastern Ethiopia’s gas-rich Somali region began landmark peace talks with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government.
The talks may lead to a referendum on self-determination after a three-decade insurgency by the Ogaden National Liberation Front in an area where gas extraction could generate $7 billion of state revenue a year. They’re the latest step toward a political thaw in the Horn of Africa country in the wake of sweeping political reforms initiated under Abiy since he came to power in April.
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