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Boundary demarcation between Ethiopia’s two eastern regional states Somali and Afar will be concluded this Ethiopian Fiscal Year 2017/18, which started July 9, an official said on Saturday.

Speaking to journalists, Mulugeta Wuletaw of the Ethiopia Ministry of Federal and Pastoralist Development Affairs (MFPDA), said the boundary demarcation is intended to put to a stop deadly clashes between ethnic Afars and ethnic Somalis over grazing land in areas that border the two regional states.

Both Afars and Somalis are largely pastoralists, with a long history of conflict over grazing land for their livestocks exacerbated in recent years with proliferation of firearms in both communities from neighboring nations of Somalia and Eritrea.

Wuletaw added his ministry has been trying to solve the boundary dispute for the last four years with the help of local elders.

“Leaders of Afar and Somali regional states are expected to sign agreement on the border demarcation later this month,” he further said.

Ethiopia follows ethnic federalism model which allows regional states to have economical, administrative and political autonomy to govern their respective regions and its resources.

The ethnic federalism system has been credited with holding together the country of nearly 100 million people, but violent boundary clashes in recent years has put a strain on the system.

In September, violent boundary disputes between Somali and Oromia regional states led to the deaths of scores of people and displacement of tens of thousands of people. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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