troops in the Ogaden are policing the Somali border and controlling
"terrorist activities" and attacks, Teshome told IRIN.
the situation in the Ogaden - where Ethiopian troops have
been involved in operations against Islamic fundamentalist
groups since 1992 - "became serious when Eritrea opened another
front" after 1998.
had linked up with Mogadishu-based faction leader Hussein
Aideed and "anti-peace elements", he added.
had "no intention of violating territory" but because Somalia
was a failed state Addis Ababa was "forced to protect the
security of the people".
Ethiopia still faced a problem with armed fundamentalist groups
in the Ogaden-Somalia area, and that the military had to "stay
vigilant" in that area.