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Ethiopia and Kenya to hold joint ministerial meeting on border security
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki met in Kampala, Uganda to discuss the border security issues between the two countries. Both leaders underscored the need for harmonious co-existence among communities living along the borders and said will hold a joint ministerial meeting to further discuss and resolve the security issues. The two leaders are in Uganda to attend the swearing-in of President Yoweri Museveni.
More than 20 people were killed in Turkana area last week by militias believed to be from the Merille tribe in Ethiopia.
Meanwhile, Kenya's Daily Nation reports that several hundred from the Merille tribe of Ethiopia have settled on Kenyan territory. Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga who traveled to the area was unable to visit the village alleged to have been occupied by the Ethiopians due to security threat. “Those villages are in Kenya but we can’t access them,” Mr Warfa was quoted as saying by Daily Nation, prompting Mr Odinga to ask: “Where is our national army?”
Meanwhile a Kenyan MP warned in Parliament that the death toll from the attack could rise to 69 amid claims the Ethiopians were stopping Kenyans from accessing their homes on the shores of Lake Turkana. There have been protests in Kenya with some demanding to be armed. The border security issue has been widely covered in the Kenyan media with almost no coverage in the Ethiopian media.
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