Mareeg.com-Two high-ranking members of the ONLF, who were peace negotiators between ONLF-and-
Ethiopia have been abducted in Kenya by the Ethiopian security agents on Sunday
The Group issued yesterday a press release saying that “The Ethiopian security
abducted Mr Sulub Ahmed and Ali Hussein, two senior ONLF leaders from Nairobi
yesterday afternoon. The leaders, who were members of the ONLF negotiation team,
were in Nairobi for a proposed third round of talks.”http://onlf.org/?p=578
Amharic fluent speaker-Sulub Ahmed ,a former ONLF-head-quarter’s commander and a
member of Central Committee and Ali Hussein aka Ali-dhere ,a member of the 74 ONLF
central Committee have been in Nairobi waiting to resume a peace-talk between
Ethiopian government -and-ONLF which stalled 17 October last year.
The two men had no guards with them during their stay in Nairobi. and they went
missing yesterday afternoon after going to the town centre. Their cell phones went
dead in the early afternoon. Early reports indicate that the Ethiopian security who
armed with pistols drugged them and took them to Moyale through Isiolo Route,
crossing through the gaint Ogaden border .
Waiting the news of these two ONLF-negotiators ,it was cleared on Monday morning
that they have fallen into the hands of the Ethiopian agents that operate outside of
the Ethiopian borders.
Although ,Kenya accepted to broker the previous ONLF-Ethiopia peace talks, still
for the last 3 years, Kenya territory has been a place for Ethiopian agents to kill,
abduct and intimidate at will any one suspected of being ONLF-Sympathizer or a
refugee who fled from Ogaden Region.
In its twitter account (@ONLFJWXO), the Liberation Front stated that “Last year an
abduction attempt of #ONLF leaders by #Ethiopian Security from #Nairobi was thwarted
by #Kenyan Police”.
The abducting of the two-key negotiators is a blow to efforts to negotiate a
political solution to the 3 decades-long war between Ethiopia and Ogaden
region.”This heinous act constitutes a breach of confidence in dealing with Ethiopia
and will gravely hamper any further talks with Ethiopia. This cowardly act, will
further invigorate the quest of the Somalis in Ogaden for freedom”,said Monday’s
ONLF-foreign press Release.
Although the website-run by Ethiopian-appointed Ogaden administration already
claimed the responsibility for the abduction of ONLF-negotiators ,the Ethiopian
government remains tight lipped over the “abduction” of 2 negotiators and the Kenyan
government did not comment on this fresh abduction.
“It was Kenya’s responsibility as a facilitator of the peace talks it should have
the moral responsibility to protect at least these officials or allow them to carry
weapons with them to protect themselves respectively.It is also Ethiopia’s violation
over the Kenya’s sovereignty”,said Mohammed Farah, a journalist and a human rights
Regional commentators believe that this indicates as it was mentioned earlier that
some of the Ethiopian government members are unwilling to continue the peace-talks
between ONLF and Ethiopia and this incident will jeopardize the peace again