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European Union statement on Ethiopia : ethnic nature of clashes in Ethiopia “worrying”

The European Union sees political dialogue with stakeholders as a way out from the current crisis in Ethiopia

The European Union Statement on Ethiopia

Ethiopian News
December 20,2017

The European Union spokesperson issued a statement regarding the situation in Ethiopia. Noting recurring violence in the country, European Union pointed out that it is “worrying” as the violence has become increasingly of ethnic nature.

Furthermore, the European Union expressed its firm conviction on the importance of independent investigation into the violence and hailed Prime minister Hailemariam Desalenge’s action in forming task force to investigate the recent violence in different parts of the country.

In regards to solution to the situation, the spokesperson stated that only inclusive political dialogue with all stakeholders as a way to address what it called “grievances of the population.”

Last week, Ethiopian National Movement (a coalition of opposition parties based outside of Ethiopia) called for the establishment of “a transitional government of national unity” and it presented its program at the European parliament.

The full content of today’s statement from The European Union reads as follows :

    Recurring reports of violence in several universities and clashes in different parts of Ethiopia are deeply worrying, in particular as regards their increasingly ethnic nature. This includes the recent incidents in Oromia-Somali regions, causing many casualties and the destruction of properties. The European Union extends its condolences to the families of the victims.

    It is essential that independent investigations on all acts of violence are conducted. The setting up by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegne of a task force to investigate the most recent killings is a welcome step. All sides, including regional and federal police forces, should show restraint to ensure full protection and safety of all citizens.

    The conflict resolution mechanisms enshrined in the Constitution should be activated swiftly in order to allow for a peaceful settlement of the issues. We remain convinced that only an inclusive political dialogue with all stakeholders will address the grievances of the population in a peaceful and constructive manner.


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