Op-Ed reflects ill-equipped mission against Ethiopia, Horn


ADDIS ABABA—Ethiopian Embassy in Kenya has announced that an Op-Ed entitled “Pertinent Issues on the War in Tigray,” and published in The Elephant has aimed at destabilizing not only Ethiopia but also the Horn of Africa region.

An Op-Ed written by General Tsadkan Gebretensae and published in The Elephant, on 24 December, 2021, instead of relying on facts and figures the author resorted to publicizing an incendiary piece bordering on a war manifesto that is aimed at destabilizing not just Ethiopia but the Horn of Africa region, said the Embassy in its reply to Op-Ed.

The Embassy stated that while blocking all avenues for providing humanitarian assistance from the federal government and the international community, and using the vehicles of the World Food Program (WFP) for military purposes, it is self-contradictory for the TPLF to accuse the government of Ethiopia by saying that “Tigray people do not even receive humanitarian aid”.

Apart from being utterly misinformed and deliberately misleading, the opinion piece goes against the facts on the ground. The author also single-mindedly and brazenly brushes aside the efforts of the federal government to provide humanitarian assistance to the people in the region that has cost over 100 billion Birr.

The article aims at propagating the terrorist  group’s ulterior movies behind a false veil of concern for regional peace and threats to security. The TPLF is known for its predilection for agitation and propaganda as a means of concealing and twisting the truth and sowing chaos and confusion both at home and abroad.

The Ethiopian government has already started the process of rehabilitating the displaced people and reconstructing the areas affected by the conflict in the states of Afar and Amhara.

In addition, a National Dialogue Commission has been established by the government to facilitate nationwide, all-inclusive dialogue in order to reach an agreement and bring a lasting solution to the major challenges encountered in the process of nation building.

This was followed by the release of jailed opposition leaders and the termination of the charges against them to widen the participation in the reconciliation process. In this connection, the unfounded allegation that the planned national dialogue is “controlled and monitored by itself” is a hasty generalization full of self-fulfilling prophecy.

Moreover, following the call of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed(PhD) to the one million Ethiopians in the Diaspora to come home and support the government’s rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts, tens of thousands of Ethiopians, people of Ethiopian origin and friends of Ethiopia are flocking to Addis, the Embassy stated.

The January 23/2022

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