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Last updated: 29 july, 2010 - 10:17 GMT

Ethiopia signs peace deal with Ogaden rebel group

A boy takes care of a herd of cattle near Degahabur in the Ogaden region in Ethiopia

The barren Ogaden region has long been extremely poor, but discovery of gas and oil brought new hopes

The Ethiopian government is to sign a peace deal with the United Western Somali Liberation Front (UWSLF), a rebel group active in the Ogaden region for the last 20 years.

The UWSLF agreed to lay down their arms in April and the formal signing of the deal later today will end the group's armed struggle.

BBC Network Africa's Uduak Amimo reports from Addis Ababa.

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In Ethiopia's Ogaden region, the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) is the more troublesome rebel group for the authorities.

The group still refuses to make any deal with the government.

BBC Network Africa's Bola Mosuro asked Mahdi Abdirahman, spokesman for the ONLF in London for his reaction to the UWSLF signing.

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