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By ARGAW ASHINEPosted Tuesday, November 15 2011 at 11:39
Slovakia has recalled its ambassador from Addis Ababa after Ethiopian security forces detained but later released the envoy.
Mr Milan Dubcek was arrested and detained for two days by Ethiopian security and released without any further explanation or charge.
He was arrested while he took a photograph from Entoto Mountain, which is 10 minutes drive from his residence and less than 1km away from the US Embassy.
The Slovak ambassador spent November 5-6 in Addis Ababa prison, despite his diplomatic immunity.
He was released after European diplomats intervened.
The Slovak Foreign ministry has demanded an explanation and official apology, but the Ethiopian Government has refused to comply.
Addis sent a letter to Slovak officials, but the latter's Foreign ministry said it was inadequate and continued to demand an official apology.
“We have scrutinised the letter, but its content did not satisfy us, so we again have sent our reaction,” Slovak Foreign Affairs minister Mikulas Dzurinda was quoted as saying by Slovak state news agency.
According to the minister, Mr Dubcek would remain at home until the Ethiopian Government provided a full apology with guarantees that no such action would be repeated to, not only Slovakia, but also any other EU-member country .