National Peace Conference organized at Millennium Hall

Oromo and Amhara business communities are said to be behind National Peace Conference event on Friday

National Peace Conference _ Addis Ababa
Peace Conference Organizers during a presser at Sheraton Addis. Photo credit: FBC

borkena
December 19, 2019

A national peace conference is organized on Friday this week at the Millennium Hall in the capital Addis Ababa. It is organized by a committee assigned by the business community of ethnic Amhara and Oromos, according to a report by Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC).

“Let’s create Ethiopia together that is convenient for us all,” is the motto of the conference. The motto seems to assume that the Ethiopia that is convenient to all is not created yet –  a view that aligns very well with the narrative of ethnic Oromo Nationalists; almost all ethnic-Oromo political parties including the ruling one, Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), political creeds.  

The organizing committee is cited as saying that “the conference is organized with the intention to demonstrate that problems in Ethiopia could be resolved through a round table dialogue.”  

Mrs. Firealem Shibabaw is the chairperson of the organizing committee. She said, “the conference will support government effort to bring about national consensus and durable peace in the country.”

It is unclear as to what makes the event national peace conference while it is involving only ethnic-Amhara and ethnic-Oromo communities.  

But it is indicated that the conference will draw as many as six thousand participants. Senior government officials, representatives of the business community, religious leaders, elders, youth groups and students of institutions of higher learning are expected to attend it.  

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration has been rattled by a series of pervasive ethnic-based conflicts in different parts of the country so much so that he had to create a Ministry of Peace with a mandate more powerful than the rest of the ministries.  Well over a year after its creation, peace is still an issue in the country.

In late October, at least 86 people were killed, based on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s official number, in Oromo region of Ethiopia hours after radical ethnic Oromo Nationalist activist and media entrepreneur, Jawar Mohammed, wrote a facebook update claiming that government forces are surrounding his residence in the middle of the night.

There have also been incessant ethnic-based clashes involving Amhara and Oromo students in Universities across Amhara and Oromo regional states of Ethiopia.

This week, ethnic-Amhara and ethnic-Oromo political parties, including those in power, reached an agreement after two days of meetings in the capital Addis Ababa to “work together to stop violence in Universities.” They have also agreed to cooperate in other areas as well.



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5 Responses to "National Peace Conference organized at Millennium Hall"

  1. Tekola   December 19, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Why don’t you leave the rest of us alone and declare AMHARA independence, take your region and disappear.

    We won’t miss you that we promise. With you there will never be peace.

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    • Mazengiya   December 20, 2019 at 9:23 am

      Tekola the TPLF

      Amara want Wolqait and Raya from TPLF and also Amara want the Amara land Meles sold to Sudan. Also unlike Tigray we want the Ethiopian federal government to Prosper us in a legitimate way while you TPLF want to continue by robbing the poor public and invest it in offshore accounts around . The peace prize winner PM is against TPLF’s anti peace actions such as the case of Badme which the late PM LEGESSE signed to give to Eritrea in Algiers agreement but failed to do so until now because TPLF military soldiers turned Badme into their own playground. That’s why planes will not got to Mekele and federal budget to Mekele will be cut off unless Getachew Assefa turns himself in to the authorities so the missing body parts of the the recent genocidal attack victims get recovered.

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  2. Melaku   December 20, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Peace please at any cost..otherwise ‘we’ll all perish as fools’. If there is peace there will be enough for all of us even for those like Tekola above. Isn’t that what it is all about?

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  3. Mihrete   December 20, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Tekola Amhara will never ever be independent. Amharas are everywhere , debrezeit, nazret, adama, wolega , Tigray, eritrea etc . They are the one who steal and kill in Doro manekiya, merkato, gojam berenda etc

    IN 1997 , gojames fled to addis ababa and start to sell lottery which they collect it from national lotter branches and at night they rob people.

    Gojeames claim they are the first people on earth. They have a perverted version of bible. They claim Adam is Gojame and created in an area located around Abay The river full of demons.

    Thier geez professors, super liars like Devil himself, told them that Adam is originated from the word Ademe, geez word to mean beautified.

    Interpreting the bible and geez words in a way that fits thier political or social agenda , they claim that every land that is located in Oromia or Tigray region belongs to Amhara.
    They are funny and idiot liars who couldn’t justify himself or his claims in this modern world rather bearing an outdated ideology .
    Downwith amhara leaders and its outdated propaganda

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  4. Atkay   December 22, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Ethiopia needs to include religious federalism in the constitution.

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