ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
Ethiopian Prime Minister
Hailemariam Desalegn held talks with religious leaders
and elders on the weekend to urge them to help resolve
deadly clashes along the boundary of two regional
states, state media reported Monday.
discussion held at his office, the premier said the
federal government is trying to create sustainable
solution to the boundary dispute between Oromia and
Somali, according to Radio Fana.
and religious figures expressed commitment to work in
collaboration with the government to restore peace.
biggest regional states Oromia and Somali have been
locked in a dispute over the delineation of their common
boundary for almost two decades.
in October 2004 was supposed to demarcate the boundary
between the two regional states, but its implementation
has been stalled ever since with both sides accusing
each other of non-compliance with the referendum
past week, heavy clashes along the Oromia-Somali
boundary spilled into ethnic violence which has left
scores of people dead and tens of thousands displaced.
As part of
the efforts to calm the situation, the Ethiopian federal
government announced on Saturday roads that cross both
regional states will be guarded by the federal police
and security forces of both regional states will
withdraw from border locations.
the statement from the federal government said it will
engage in disarmament of weapons held by civilians in
the area of the conflict.