Mekelle University, in Tigray regional state of Ethiopia, held an “Amhara-Tigray” peace conference today, reported Fana Broadcasting Corporation.
It is intended to foster the relations between the two language speaking groups.
Also, it discussed ways of wagging a peaceful struggle against the move to incite violence between the two people, according to the source cited above.
Gebreyesus Teklu (PhD), Literature instructor at Mekelle Unviersity, also studying conflict resolution in South Africa, said that the two people have lived together over a thousand years without any restrictions, and that they have numerous things in common.
The differences between them are not capable of creating conflict and division, added Gebreyesus.
A significant number of Ethiopians are seemingly concerned about possible conflict between the two ethnic groups if the current level of sentiment among activists to incite violence is not averted. From that trajectory, the initiative to work on peace between the two regions could be relevant. Yet, the hurdles to make the initiative a success are too high.
For many, one of the big obstacles standing in the way of peace between two regions is Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and its political convictions. Some allege that the organization is mobilizing and preparing for war which is in a way taken as an indicator that the party is seemingly things that war is inevitable.
At the height of its power, TPLF took away Wolkait and Raya from the provinces of Gonder and Wollo respectively and incorporated them as parts of Tigray region. Consequently, it imposed Tigray identity on residents of those regions who are now opening claiming back their identity after more than two decades of simmering idenity question.
Tigray’s radical ethno-nationalist party tends to believe that those regions would only legitimately reject Tigray identity over the dead body of TPLF, and of course when it says TPLF it means Tigray. On the contrary, political leaders in the party are doing every thing they can to restore peaceful relation with Eritrea.
The party’s position is clearly a challenge for those who intend to avert potential conflict between ethnic Amhara and ethnic Tigray.
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