United Nations Central Emergency Fund released on Thursday USD 10 million to help people displaced in Ethiopia due to the conflict along the borders of the Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states.

Under-secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock held discussions with minister of Foreign Affairs Workneh Gebeyehu (PhD) on Thursday.

Acknowledging the long-standing relationship with Ethiopia, Lowcock said: “When we went to Gode in the Somali Regional State yesterday and met displaced people, we wanted to see what we can do to contribute to the solution. I, therefore, announced the allocation of 10 million dollars from UN Emergency Response Fund.”

He added that UN appreciates the progress made by the country in the last few years.

UNDP administrator, Achim Steiner, said on his part that Ethiopia and the UN have been working closely for long time through humanitarian emergencies and for the overall development of the country over four decades.  According to him, the system has supported the country to continue developing over the years. (ENA)

Eritrean, Afghan migrants clash in Calais

At least five migrants have been shot in the French port city of Calais, after a mass brawl between Afghans and Eritreans.

Four Eritrean youths aged 16-18 are in a critical condition and have been rushed to a local hospital for surgery.

A fifth man was taken to nearby Lille due to the severity of his injuries.

At least 13 more people were wounded due to “blows from iron bars”, the local prosecutor’s office said.

French Interior minister Gérard Collomb visited Calais overnight and said the clashes had been exceptionally serious.

One of the most seriously wounded was said to have been hit by a bullet in the back of the neck.

“There’s been an escalation of violence that has become unbearable for both the people of Calais and the migrants,” the minister said.

The initial fight, which lasted almost two hours, broke out on the city’s southern outskirts where migrants had been queuing for food handouts.

Around 100 Eritreans and some 30 Afghans were caught up in the violence. (BBC)

Ethiopian, ASKY sign strategic partnership agreement with Guinea Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines has signed an agreement with Guinea Airlines for strategic partnership in management, maintenance and training.

Ethiopian Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam, Cheick Dem, from Guinea Airlines and Guinea’s Minister for Transport Oyé Guilavogui signed the agreement on January 30, 2018 at Ethiopian headquarters.

Tewolde said, the partnership is in line with the recently launched African Single Air Transport Market at the African Union Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa.

“We are partnering with Guinea Airlines and other African countries because we have the capacity and the expertise to support our African brothers and sisters in the aviation sector.”

Tewolde said, the agreement is a trilateral partnership with Guinea, ASKY Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines with a view to fill the air connectivity vacuum in domestic Guinea market and between the Mano River countries.

On behalf of Guinea Airlines CEO, Cheick Dem appreciated Ethiopian for the effort to realize the establishment of Guinea Airlines and also vowed to honor the terms of the agreement. (Press Release)

German military to end role in EU training mission in Somalia

The German military will stop participating in a European Union training mission in Somalia at the end of March, a Foreign Ministry official said on Thursday, expressing frustration at the pace of progress.

Germany has about five soldiers taking part in the training mission alongside 15 from other EU countries. The decision to end Germany’s participation in the programme, which began in 2010, was first reported by Der Spiegel magazine.

“The development of a Somali national army is moving forward only very slowly, in part due to deficits in political and institutional structures, as well as equipment gaps among trained Somali soldiers,” the ministry official said.

Berlin is now looking at how to bolster its engagement in civilian security in Somalia and supports a shift recommended by an EU strategic assessment to focus more on providing advisory help, a concept currently being discussed in Brussels.

The United States last year decided to suspend food and fuel aid for most of Somalia’s armed forces over corruption concerns.