The special advisor to
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said today that Ethiopia has begun implementing its
withdrawal plan, but he cautioned that the withdrawal will take several days. Bereket Simon told VOA’s Tewelde
Weldeghebriel that Ethiopia has begun pulling its troops out of Somalia, where
they have been stationed for two years defending the beleaguered Transitional
Federal Government in Mogadishu against several Somali insurgent groups.
Meanwhile, a VOA
reporter in Mogadishu has reported interviews with resident of the capital city
that Ethiopian troops were loading mattresses, personal belongings and military
supplies on a convoy of 15 Ethiopian military trucks.
Bereket rejected reported
that Ethiopian soldiers are withdrawing from Mogadishu in the face of
victorious Somali Islamic fighters who made their stay in the country almost
impossible. “Our main goal of going to Somalia was to neutralize the security
threat on Ethiopia, and we have done that.”