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Sunday, April 11, 1999 Published at 16:29 GMT 17:29 UK

World: Africa

Somalis unite against Ethiopia

The two main faction leaders in Somalia have joined forces to lodge an official protest with the United Nations Security Council over a border incursion by Ethiopia.

Somalia says heavily-armed Ethiopian troops entered the towns of Bula Hawo and Dolo on Friday.

The troops are alleged to have taken over the local administration and detained officials in the towns.

The two Somali leaders, Ali Mahdi and Hussein Aideed, for the first time issued a joint statement calling on both the UN Security Council and the Organisation of African Unity to intervene to end what they describe as Ethiopian aggression.

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