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OAU chairman due in as Addis rejects official's comments

OAU chairman, Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, is expected to visit Ethiopia and Eritrea this week in a bid to broker an agreement between the two countries on how to implement the OAU peace plan.

He will arrive after Ethiopia on Tuesday rejected a statement by OAU official, Ibrahim Dagash, during a press briefing that a ceasefire must be secured "as a prelude to the implementation of the OAU framework agreement which both sides have accepted".

"I am absolutely certain that this is not OAU's position", government spokesperson Selome Tadesse told the Pan-African News Agency. "Regardless of Mr Dagash's opinion I am sure the OAU still stands by the framework agreement which requires Eritrean withdrawal from Ethiopian territory it still occupies for a ceasefire to take place."

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