The Ethiopian international ministry said it was unsure how the map experienced “crept in on the site”
Ethiopia’s foreign ministry has apologised following a map of Africa on its website integrated neighbouring Somalia in its personal borders.
“We sincerely regret any confusion and misunderstanding this incident could possibly have caused,” the assertion reported.
Somalia had been wholly erased from the map, but the self-declared territory of Somaliland – which is not internationally recognised – was shown.
The neighbours have very long been rivals, battling borders wars in the earlier.
But relations in between the two nations have improved because Ethiopia’s Primary Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived to energy past 12 months as he has sought to defuse tensions in the area.
Timeline: Ethiopia and Somalia
- 1964 and 1977: Two wars fought above Ethiopia’s Somali-inhabited Ogaden location
- 1988: Peace accord signed, a few years later Somalia descends into civil war
- 1996: Ethiopian forces enter Somalia to defeat Islamist fighters in the town of Luuq
- 2006: Ethiopian troops intervene in Somalia and eliminate Islamists from energy
- 2009: Ethiopian troopers formally depart Somalia, but continue being in the state to this day as portion of the African Union intervention force fighting al-Shabab Islamist militants
- June 2018: Ethiopia’s new PM Abiy Ahmed visits Somalia to improve ties
- Oct 2018: Mr Abiy’s government signs a peace deal with rebels combating for Ogaden’s secession
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The map has prompted an uproar on social media, with Somalis expressing it reveals a wider program by Ethiopia to annex their country.
Others hit back, with their personal edition of a map of Africa, incorporating Ethiopia into Somalia.
Some have discovered other difficulties with the map published on the Ethiopian site, for case in point, it confirmed that the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo had become a single region and it did not show South Sudan, which split from Sudan in 2011.
There has been no formal comment from the Somali govt. Previous International Minister Yusuf Garaad welcomed the elimination of the map, but queried how and why it was drawn in the very first location.
The Ethiopian foreign ministry’s statement reported it was uncertain how the “unacceptable” map experienced “crept in on the website”, which is at present offline, but said its technical staff was functioning to assure its security.