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DPM Demeke briefs EU Ambassadors based in Brussels on latest developments in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, June 11, 2022 (FBC) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Demeke Mekonnen along with the Minister of Justice Gedion Timotewos has briefed EU Ambassadors based in Brussels on latest developments in Ethiopia.

A European Ambassadors delegation led by Roland KOBIA, EU Ambassador to Ethiopia attended a briefing delivered by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister and the Justice Minister focused on the conflict in the north its consequences, government’s peace efforts and measures being taken to address human rights violations in the pretext of the conflict.

Demeke told the Ambassadors that the Government is working hard to maintain the unfettered access to Tigray and conflict affected areas in Amhara and Afar regions.

Saying that the humanitarian ceasefire declared by the Govrnment is amed to ensure unfettered humanitarian operations, Demeke said the government with support of partners and UN agencies has been delivering food and nonfood items, medical supplies and drugs to people in need in Tigray.

Government has passed various decisions to bring peaceful solution to the conflict in the north. He cited the lifting of the State of Emergency and release of high profile prisons as some of the critical measures taken by the government to address the situation.

But, he said, TPLF continues beating a war drum undermining Government’s efforts to end the hostility.

Demeke added that preparations are underway to hold the National dialogue in a bid to ensure sustainable peace in the country.

He also appreciated AU’s Especial Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Olusegun Obasanjo and EU’s Special Representative for the Horn of Africa Annette Webber for their peace efforts.

In his briefing about masures to address human rights violations committed in the context of the conflict, the Justice Minister Gediwon Timotewos said that due process has been undertaken and those involved are being brought to justice.


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