Foreign diplomats and government officials in Addis Ababa are speculating the timeline of the war as tension between Ethiopia and its northern neighbour heats up. EZ Post's diplomatic sources claim that the war is "only months away". Only a few hundred kilometers separate soldiers of the two countries. "There is a sense in the embassies and diplomatic missions in Addis Ababa that the war will start at the end of November or in December, " a source at the American embassy told EZ Post. The government accuses Eritrea of undermining Ethiopia's
sovereignty by helping groups it calls "terrorists".
Government sources say that Prime Minister Meles Zenawi wants to make this war quicker and more effective than the last one which ended in a decisive victory for Ethiopia after thousands of army members and civilians were killed on both sides. The Algiers agreement which was signed by the two countries after the war didn't reflect the victory gained by Ethiopia in the war front.
On Monday, President Girma Woldegiyorgis urged members of parliament to approve money for the military build up at the Ethio-Eritrean border.