Sudan Hands Eritrea-Trained Rebels to Ethiopia

Ethiopian Rebels in Eritrea
Ethiopian Rebels in Eritrea

By Jason McLure, May 31, 2010  (Bloomberg) — Sudan has handed over 48 Ethiopian rebels trained in Eritrea to the authorities in Addis Ababa, state-run television news reported.

Sudanese security forces arrested the rebels on May 17 while they were trying to enter Ethiopia to carry out attacks aimed at disrupting its May 23 elections, Ethiopian television said on May 29, citing the National Intelligence and Security Service.

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s ruling party and allies won 544 out of 546 seats in parliament, according to provisional results. A European Union observation mission said last week the election campaign didn’t meet “international commitments.”

Ethiopia and Eritrea have not had direct relations since fighting a 1998-2000 border war that killed an estimated 70,000 people.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jason McLure in Addis Ababa at jmclure@bloomberg.net.