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Ethiopia troops to soon leave Somalia

2012-04-17 19:30

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia's prime minister says Ethiopian troops fighting al-Qaeda-linked militants in neighbouring Somalia will soon return home.

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said on Tuesday that regions of Somalia currently controlled by Ethiopian forces will be handed over to troops from Burundi, Kenya, Djibouti and Rwanda. The first three countries have troops in Somalia as part of the African Union peacekeeping force.

Rwanda does not currently have troops in Somalia.

Ethiopian troops moved into Somalia at the beginning of the year. Meles said the mission has accomplished "very good results" in fighting al-Shabaab militants.

Meles didn't provide a timeline for such a withdrawal and handover.