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Tensions rise in Ethiopia as U.N confirms 16 staff detained

TENSIONS rise in Ethiopia as civiil conflict escalates in the region, as United Nations officials confirm that 16 staff members have been detained.

The U.S. State Department on Monday (November 08) said Washington believes there is a small window of an opening to work with the African Union to make progress on peacefully resolving the conflict in Ethiopia as a special envoy returned to Addis Ababa.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said Jeffrey Feltman, the U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, will meet with the African Union’s envoy for the region, former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, on Monday night.

“We believe there is a small window of opening to work with the AU High Representative for the Horn of Africa … to further joint efforts to peacefully resolve the conflict in Ethiopia,” Price told reporters.

Washington has repeatedly called for an end to hostilities in the year-long conflict in northern Ethiopia between the government and Tigrayan forces, which has intensified in recent weeks.

The Tigrayan forces and their allies are threatening to march on the capital. The government declared a six-month state of emergency last week.

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