Ethiopia to Somalia: “Okay, fine, we’re here.”

Which everyone pretty much knew already, of course.  But, says Ethiopia, it’s just “reconnaissance.”

“We have no plans to go back to Somalia… [but] there are reconnaissance missions,” Information Minister Bereket Simon told reporters.

“When there is a threat, you can send some scouts here and there,” he added.

A few scouts here and there for Ethiopia, a few blocks here and there in control of the Somali government in Mogadishu. Meanwhile, Eritrea continues to deny the charge that it is arming Somali insurgents as “a CIA lie.”