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TPLF forces get last calls to lay arms, return to peaceful life

TPLF leaders for whom a court arrest warrant is issued do still have a chance to surrender, their forces can just lay arms and resort to peaceful life, says Ethiopian government

Former president of Tigray region and chairman of TPLF, Debretsion Gebremichael. Now he is one of the fugitives that government forces are hunting

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The Ethiopian government on Friday made a last call, ultimatum, for those Ethiopians who are fighting alongside Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to lay arms and return to peaceful life.

The call is extended to those members of TPLF force who did not have a criminal role in connection with the attack on the Northern Command of the Ethiopian Defense Forces on November 4. Government saw the attack as a serious violation of the constitution and a treasonous act. It linked it to what it called TPLF Junta – a group within the organization that has a monopoly of political power. 

A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister gave assurance to all those forces who fought alongside TPLF saying they will not face any legal consequence for their armed activity since November 4 as long as they resorted to peaceful life. 

There have been reports of a massacre and ethnic cleansing including in Maikadra, near Humera which used to be within Gonder province before TPLF took power in 1991, by TPLF forces. 

The last call to surrender is also extended to fugitive TPLF leaders, but they will face legal consequences. 

Apart from the attack on the Ethiopian Defense Forces, the government accuses TPLF of illegal activities that endangered the unity of people in the country. This, according to the statement from the Prime Minister’s office, happened before the group embarked on a war on November 4, 2020.  As such TPLF is linked to displacement of people in different parts of the country including in Benishangul Gumuz, assassinations and insecurities. 

The government said that the response to  the attack on the Ethiopian Defense force was a matter of moral and legal obligations.  In consequence, the illegal TPLF group that used to be  a threat to the country and the region is now vanquished. The military capacity it was preparing for three years is destroyed, the statement added.  So far, about 21 senior TPLF officials are captured and have appeared in court. At least six other top TPLF leaders were killed in battle including the longtime Foreign Affairs Minister, Seyoum Mesfin

However, the TPLF is still attempting military actions in the region and there have been reports of security problems in the region. Contingents of TPLF forces, believed to be guarding fugitive TPLF leaders, were reportedly under siege this week in the Maychew area of the region. Senior level military officers who deserted the national army to serve in the TPLF forces are reportedly annihilated, according to a report by ESAT, which cited Defense Ministry sources. Getachew Assefa, former Director of Ethiopian Intelligence, is reported dead too but due to heart conditions – a news yet to be verified from other sources.

On Thursday this week, the US State Department announced $52 million in humanitarian assistance to address the situation in the Northern part of the country. It claimed that the crisis in the region could get worse unless a “political solution” is pursued. 

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Subject: “TPLF forces get last calls to lay arms, return to peaceful life” borkena, March 19, 2021

    Commentary, 19 Mar 2021
    Let us be honest.
    a) Who initiated the whole thing ?
    b) Who was ambitious enough to LEAD Tigrai and end up in a war sacrificing the life of countless human beings, regardless of their respective positions?
    c) Who was that person who had the the long range ambition to be the Prime Minister of Ethiopia but lost the ‘game’?
    d) Who was that loser person, who decided for Tigray, to go to war against Ethiopia — since the ambition to be the Prime Minister of Ethiopia was dissipated?
    e) Who is that person who was the cause of countless death of his own close comrades ?
    f) Who is that person who hide himself from facing his loyal compatriots who are now in prison awaiting verdict for their crime?
    g) Who is that person who prefers to be in hiding for Life rather than facing — like a gallant soldier — the consequences of his initiatives?
    h) Who is that person who cannot face his best loyal friends and comrades at arms ?
    i) Who is that person who attempted to destroy a vast country that he was born therein; grew-up and educated to the highest academic level, employed and treated highly by that country?
    j) May his conscious prick him and face his friends who are vegetating in prison and for the memory of those who lost their LIFE for what they were convinced to believe, follow and sacrifice their LIFE. THE END

    • Nicely put. Agreed!

      The U.S. state department can be very loose and myopic, at times. The FACT remains, the TPLF and the Tigray regional force have waged an open and brazen act-of-war when it chose to preemptively attack the Northern Command post of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces, at midnight, on November 4th, 2020.

  2. I don’t think they will heed the government’s call to surrender in light of all of these encouragements they have been getting from outside. They will meet their sad endings sooner if not later. By now the government must have a good lead where these fugitives are holed up. It is downright dirty shame that their supporters and well funded running dogs are egging them to continue into their inevitable demise from their comfy homes here among us. They should instead have their kin and kit that will be in the receiving side of the brunt of the destruction. It may be a bitter pillow to swallow but their dream of founding a separate republic is dead. There will never be a Republic of Tigray! There will never be a Republic of Amhara or Oromia either!!! The same goes for every ethnic group!!!!

  3. Is this the prelude before taking out DebreTsion and his gang? It sounds like Federal gov forces have the fugitives in sight!

  4. Subject: “TPLF forces get last calls to lay arms, return to peaceful life” borkena, March 19, 2021

    Commentary, 20 Mar 2021
    I have the same feeling as Alem >>>quote: It sounds like Federal gov forces have the fugitives in sight!” unquote

    I get the uneasy feeling of a parade show!!! I SINCERELY hope the Prime Minister of Ethiopia will NOT go down to that level of a show. I hope Ethiopia maintains its history for politeness, decency, ጨዋነት and respect for the helpless and down trodden. Let the case be handled by OPEN LEGAL PROCESS, of ETHIOPIA for the whole world to observe the decency and capability of AFRICANS >>> not the negative image deliberately smeared, by certain societies, upon BLACK AFRICA. THE END

  5. Whenever I see the pictures of these Woyane terrorists , who terrorized our country and the people of ETHIOPIA for 17 plus years, my hair in the back of my head and neck rises, and I can feel my blood flowing throughout my body like a fountain falling from high mountain.

    • The U.S. state department can be very loose and myopic, at times. The FACT remains, the TPLF and the Tigray regional force have waged an open and brazen act-of-war when it chose to preemptively attack the Northern Command post of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces, at midnight, on November 4th, 2020.

  6. The U.S. state department can be very loose and myopic, at times. The FACT remains, the TPLF and the Tigray regional force have waged an open and brazen act-of-war when it chose to preemptively attack the Northern Command post of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces, at midnight, on November 4th, 2020.

  7. The relationship between the United States and ETHIOPIA will never be the same again if the United States continues to follow through the current path of antagonizing, undermining as well as challenging the sovereignty of ETHIOPIA, and therefore ETHIOPIANS at large around the world must and should intentensfye supporting PM Abiy Ahmed in every aspect of the needs that he seeks to get the job done at this critical, precarious, difficult time and juncture for our country ETHIOPIA.

    ኢትዮጵያ: ታበፅህ: ዕደዊሃ: ሐበ: እግዚአብሔር::

  8. Eritreans (askaris-former italian slaves killed ethiopians supporting italian army)supported Italians to massacre soccallmed ethiopians in 1940s and now they are in favor of your clan and your government. I;e you are infavor of invaders since your entrance to ethiopia. historically, eritreans are in favor of anyone who gave fraction of gold, money, at the xpense of killing fellow countrymen. Abiy, hypocrite man is always demonstrating his idiocy every time he streches out his hands and protrude his tongue . Let him remove this uniform, Militray renger . It is not a cloth we choose to take a selfie. It is a symbol of our fallen heros and beloved one’s who gave thier pricelss lives for our peace and collective identity. We haven’t expected only one measure(sanction) against a country and its leaders that destroys our land and create an everlasting hostility among nations and nationalities. From this kind of giant table , sanctioning Eritrea(land of incarnated devils) should not be served to our mind which is wounded by the killings of our beloved ones, and destruction of priceless heritages enedmic to Tigray. As you all know, our heritages and christian values are part and parcel of the global religious and secular history regadrdless of the type of religion, political view and cutural values we chose to maintain. donot kill even harm civilians regardless of their political and religious standing which might look different from you all. Last but not least, Donot kill and harm civilians who are from different and any tribe.

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