Ethiopian rebels declare own ceasefire

Source:Reuters Published: 2018/8/12 22:28:41

An Ethiopian rebel group declared a unilateral ceasefire on Sunday, the latest dissident movement to aim for an end to hostilities in the wake of reforms.

The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) launched its bid for secession of the Somali Region, also known as Ogaden, in eastern Ethiopia in 1984. In 2007, Ethiopian forces waged a large-scale offensive against them after the group attacked a Chinese-run oil facility, killing 74 people.

But the ONLF was among two other groups that were removed by parliament from a list of banned movements - part of a reform drive being led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has extended an olive branch to dissidents.

In a statement, the ONLF said it had "taken into account the positive steps taken by the Ethiopian government to lay the groundwork for talks and peaceful negotiations." The group "will cease all military and security operations to find an available and lasting solution to the Ogaden conflict."

The region the ONLF operates in contains four trillion cubic feet of gas and oil deposits, the government says.

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