Ethiopia: IRIN News Briefs, 5/10/99

Ethiopia: IRIN News Briefs, 5/10/99

ETHIOPIA: IRIN News Briefs 10 May 1999

Ethiopian, Sudanese leaders hold talks in Djibouti

President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia held talks in Djibouti in which they discussed problems in the region, the fighting between Ethiopia and Eritrea as well as Somalia, Sudanese state media reported on Sunday. The reports said the two "agreed on numerous issues", while Bashir said the two "sat for a long time", discussing bilateral issues and how to normalise them." The two leaders had travelled to Djibouti for the inauguration of Djibouti president Ismael Omar Gelleh. Sudan and Eritrea had signed an agreement to improve relations the previous weekend.

WFP provides food for drought-affected in Somali region of Ethiopia

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has moved in emergency food aid to help some 640,000 drought-stricken pastoralists in the Somali region of Ethiopia. The agency distributed 8,000 mt of food during the month of April. About 13,000 mt were also delivered to Amhara and Tigray regions in drought relief programmes. However, WFP's emergency operation for some 272,000 Ethiopians displaced by the Eritrea-Ethiopia border conflict remains "seriously under-resourced", a WFP report states. Only 12,660 mt have been received to date leaving a net shortfall of 32,711 mt of mixed commodities. The agency is appealing for further donor contributions to assist the war-displaced.


Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 18:28:12 +0300 (EAT) From: IRIN - Central and Eastern Africa <> Subject: ETHIOPIA: IRIN News Briefs [19990510]

Editor: Dr. Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D

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