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Those tensions have boiled over in recent weeks, resulting in hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of displacements, Lencho told reporters at a press conference on Monday.
In 1991, politicians divided the country’s population — nearly 50 million people at the time — into nine regional states based, in large measure, on ethnicity.
Disagreements over exactly where the Oromia-Somali border should lie have resulted in several referenda, but full demarcation has never occurred, contributing to ongoing strains.
“The vast majority tell us, ‘Look, it’s always been this way.
There is always arbitrary arrest, you know," said Horne.
Protesters previously committed to nonviolent resistance haven’t produced results, Horne said.