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The Ethiopian government is working to resolve the boundary dispute between Oromia and Somali regional states, said a senior government official on Wednesday.

Negeri Lencho, Minister of Ethiopian Government Communications Affairs Office (GCAO) said recent violence on the borders of the two regional states left a number of people dead and about 600 others displaced from both Oromo and Somali communities.

“The Ethiopian government is working with the leaders of Somali and Oromia regional states and Federal government and regional states security forces to return the affected areas to normalcy,” he added.

Ethiopia’s largest regional state Oromia and its second largest regional state Somali have had border disputes for nearly two decades.

A referendum conducted in November 2004 on localities bordering the two regional states intended to resolve the boundary dispute, has failed to resolve the issue with both sides blaming each other for the non-adherence of the referendum results.

An accord signed in March between Oromia regional state president Lemma Megersa and Somali regional state president Abdi Omer Mohammed to resolve deadly boundary disputes has also failed to stop sporadic clashes involving security forces and civilians from both sides. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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