Meles Zenawi, the Ethiopian prime minister, on
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In this episode of Talk to Jazeera Andrew Simmons talks to Meles Zenawi, the prime minister of Ethiopia, in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Zenawi has been the prime minister of Africa's second most populated country since 1991 but he has most recently been in the headlines for his country's involvement in Somalia - which Zenawi insists was not an invasion - and the simmering tensions between Ethiopia and its neighbour Eritrea over a long-running border dispute.

The interview begins with the controversial issue of whether Ethiopia invaded Somalia or was invited by the transitional Somali government and what role the US played in this.

Zenawi insists that Ethiopia was invited to enter Somalia by the transitional government and that, far from it being a proxy way fought on behalf of the US, the US warned Ethiopia that they might be walking into a trap.

The Ethiopian prime minister also insisted that he has accepted the ruling of a boundary commission after a border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea ended in 2000 but said that relations between the neighbours were deteriorating.

On the subject of his country's often poor human rights record Zenawi told Al Jazeera that he regretted the deaths that occurred during anti-government demonstrations in 2005.

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This episode of Talk to Jazeera aired from 22 March 2007


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