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Ethiopia dismisses rumors of negotiation with TPLF leaders

News of negotiation with TPLF unverified, untrue say Ethiopian Emergency Task Force Authorities

President Museveni holding discussion with Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonen. (Photo: from Ugandan President Twitter page)

November 16, 2020

Ethiopian authorities on Monday dismissed reports of negotiation with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in Uganda.

The State of Emergency Fact Check that reports of negotiation between Ethiopian Authorities and TPLF in Uganda are untrue. “The state of emergency task force did not verify the news coverage in different media outlets that Ethiopian authorities and TPLF are negotiating in Uganda, and that it is wrong,” it said in a brief update on its social media page.

The update raised more questions as the task force did not unequivocally say that the information is false. What it said was it did not verify the information.  

However, it said that the Federal government of Ethiopia is working hard to enforce the rule of law in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

It also advised media outlets to verify information regarding the campaign to enforce rule of law from the task force.  It was Aljazeera that covered the story.

Ambassador Redwan Hussein, the secretariat of the task force, had a briefing with international media on Monday. He “cautioned to not be hoodwinked by the propaganda of TPLF which have often been contradictory, emphasizing the need for context.”

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Redwan Hussien briefing international media outlets correspondents in Addis Ababa. (Photo :EBC)

Ethiopian state media reported on Monday that the Deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonen, had a discussion with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Kampala.  The latter confirmed the news in a Twitter message.

 “I held discussions with the Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Demeke Mekonnen Hassen and his delegation at Gulu State Lodge,” he said.

According to Ethiopian state media, the purpose of Demeke’s visit to Uganda was to deliver a message from Abiy Ahmed. He reportedly discussed with President Museveni the effort of Abiy Ahmed’s government to work with the TPLF on the reform agenda in the past two years. He accused the TPLF of leading the country to chaos by organizing and financing extremist groups in the country.

President Museveni shared his remark on twitter. “Africa’s problem is that we never discuss ideology, focusing so much on diplomacy. I totally disagree with politics that focus on ethnic federalism. We must emphasise the issue of oneness and common interests because it is the only way we can prosper.”

The Deputy Prime Minister is also traveling to five other countries in the region including Kenya where he met with President Uhuru Kenyata in Nairobi.

Ethiopian Federal government is undertaking what it calls “law enforcement operation” against TPLF leadership in the Tigray region of Ethiopia following an attack on the northern command of the Ethiopian Defense Forces on November 4.

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  1. Subject: QUOTE: “Ethiopia dismisses rumors of negotiation with TPLF leaders President Museveni” UNQUOTE

    The Most Honourable > Dignified >Intellectual that Africa has ever seen ( if not the World) > the protector of Democracy > Liberty, > Equality etc etc etc in Africa > His Excellency President Museveni of Uganda that Africa has ever seen is mediating between Ethiopia and the Tigrai’s People Liberation Front (TPLF), self anointed representative of the population of Tigrai wherever they may be around the GLOBE. It does not matter that a formal document is non-existence on the face of the Earth attesting to such honourable history. Needless to say, Ethiopia refuses to discuss with TPLF but diplomatic enough to let the Honourable Unique Figure in Africa have a little vacation in a Land that he adores more than any place on Earth — Ethiopia — and we know why, don’t we ???????? ha … ha… ha… ha. ha ha ………………….knotty of me!!!!

    I LOVE our AFRICA. It ABHORS PRETENSION and TAKES ‘NAKED’ NATURE the WAY IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN. In that context, WE AFRICANS are true representative of NATURE, before it was modified by marauders !!!!!

    OH LORD! I BETTER STOP HERE. Let the honourable guest enjoy nature in beautiful Ethiopia, Africa. Oh! by the way, I also wish good luck to the good old country known as TIGRAI to do what it wishes to do — perhaps it is tired being one of the ANCIENT COUNTRIES around the Globe. It used to be named (if I am not mistaken) the AXUMAIT KINGDOM. I have the feeling it is just TIRED of its ancient history. and decided to play a roulette game >>> for the hake of it. Good Luck. See you, Dear Tigrai, after your game is over, gaining only EXHAUSTION and let your guest go back home to his routine existence with nostalgia of the good time in Ethiopia.

    HOW IS THAT, GOOD READERS? If you didn’t enjoy it, I am sorry but I did my best >>> as it is the ONLY option we have >>> to do our best in any undertaking. AMEN INSHALLAH, in alphabetical order.

  2. If these tyrants are not willing to negotiate with their former compatriots , can you imagine what the alternative would bring? The country as we know it will cease to exist and the leaders will be killed by their own supporters. Amharas have so much hate in their heart and they won’t satisfy until Tigray is destroyed. Even if it means the give land to Sudan or the GERD gets destroyed.
    This short sightedness will demise the country.


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