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The Foreigner Norway-Ethiopia strengthen ties. As the fate of one Ethiopian family remains uncertain, Norway’s International Development Minister Heikki Holmås has signed an agreement with Ethiopian officials to increase cooperation. The MoU (Memorandum of Understanding), signed with Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hailemariam Desalegn, is designed to facilitate easier dialogue and increase cooperation on a number of issues, including human rights. It was signed during minister Holmås’ visit to Ethiopia this week. In a statement, the minister said, “Ethiopia has chosen a path of green development that is lifting people out of poverty. Given that it is one of the world’s poorest countries, its plans are impressive. The new MoU creates a good departure point for helping to improve the human rights situation in Ethiopia.”

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Norway-Ethiopia strengthen ties

Published on Thursday, 10th May, 2012 at 16:44 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .

As the fate of one Ethiopian family remains uncertain, Norway’s International Development Minister Heikki Holmås has signed an agreement with Ethiopian officials to increase cooperation.



The MoU (Memorandum of Understanding), signed with Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hailemariam Desalegn, is designed to facilitate easier dialogue and increase cooperation on a number of issues, including human rights. It was signed during minister Holmås’ visit to Ethiopia this week.

In a statement, the minister said, “Ethiopia has chosen a path of green development that is lifting people out of poverty. Given that it is one of the world’s poorest countries, its plans are impressive. The new MoU creates a good departure point for helping to improve the human rights situation in Ethiopia.”

“I’m glad that I decided to travel to Africa for my first visit as minister. This has given me new insight into important issues. For me it has been crucial to be able to talk to people working with human rights and members of the opposition in addition to my talks with key representatives of the authorities. It would have been difficult to gain these insights without coming here,” he continued.

The deal comes following earlier speculations increased Norwegian aid is linked with the recent return deal between the two countries. Erik Solheim, the minister’s predecessor, has denied this, however.

In the same week as the signing, it has also been reported immigration authorities are to send seven-year-old Nathan Eshete, who was born and raised in Norway, and his family back to Ethiopia following final refusal of the parents’ application for asylum.

Mr Asfaw fears his own political activism whilst here will lead to his imprisonment and persecution upon his return. The family says it has no choice now but to bring legal action against the Norwegian state in their fight to stay.

The association supporting the Eshetes’ cause believes the government has prioritised immigration policy over Nathan’s rights as a child. 

Leader Aina Heldal Bøe told Bergens Tidende both the family and association, “are pleased the matter is being put through the legal system. We believe the matter should be before the court because we think it is not receiving thorough enough treatment and disagree that Nathan does not have sufficient ties to the country [Norway].”

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court reached a decision on another matter involving children, ruling in favour of strengthening consideration of these amongst other things, however.

“We wouldn’t have taken the case on if we didn’t believe there was an opportunity to win it,” said the family’s counsel Arild Humlen, calling the Court’s ruling “a principle decision.”




Published on Thursday, 10th May, 2012 at 16:44 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .

This post has the following tags: norwayethiopiadeal, norwayethiopiareturndeal, ethiopiandeportations.





  
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