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Ethiopia rejects Finish Foreign Minister remarks as “irresponsible”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia on Friday issued a statement over Finish Foreign Minister, Pekka Haavisto, remarks in connection with the Tigray region. It rejected his remark as “irresponsible and undiplomatic.” The full statement is shared below.

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Statement on the irresponsible and undiplomatic remarks by the Finnish Foreign Minister at the European Parliament

MFAE

The Ethiopian government rejects the briefing by the Finnish Foreign Minister, Pekka Haavisto to the European Parliament on 15 June 2021 in relation to his visits to Ethiopia as a Special Envoy of the European Union. The allegations made by Mr. Haavisto in his briefing are clear indications of the underlying desire by the Special Envoy to undermine the Ethiopian government and try to facilitate unwarranted interventions through disinformation and outrageous lies.

In particular, Mr. Haavisto’s ludicrous statements clearly show a lack of context and understanding of Ethiopia. Undoubtedly, his self-assured confidence to claim nuanced understanding of the country and its people as well as the current circumstances from two short visits to Ethiopia is not only flawed but it also smacks of a colonial mindset that still lurks in the minds of self-righteous individuals like him.

Specifically, the Ethiopian government rejects the following hostile statements by Mr. Haavisto:

1) ‘for talks with the Tigray opposition’: The cell is not considered as opposition in Tigray; it is a group declared as terrorist by the House of People’s Representatives in a constitutional process.

2) ‘lack of ceasefire implementation’: The law enforcement operation is not an engagement of equals but an operation to ensure a terrorist cell lays down its weapons and cease wreaking havoc in the country. Mr. Haavisto ignores the repeated calls by the Government for fighters of the terrorist cell to lay down arms and seek amnesty.

3) ‘So called elections’: as millions of Ethiopians go to the polls on 21 June 2021, belittling this democratic process which ensures the will and aspirations of Ethiopians is unwarranted.

4) ‘inability of farmers to cultivate in the agricultural season’: Mr. Haavisto fails to acknowledge the works underway in cooperation with international partners like FAO, to prepare farmers in Tigray Region for the upcoming planting season through distribution of fertilizers, seeds and replacement of agricultural equipment.

While the above egregious statements are riddled with ulterior motives, the claims by Mr. Haavisto that senior Ethiopian leaders expressed desire to destroy Tigray is a hallucination of sorts or a lapse in memory of some kind. In warmly welcoming Mr. Haavisto during his two visits, the Ethiopian government facilitated meetings with the most senior leadership of the country including the President, the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Peace for a frank exchange of views on a wide range of issues, including the situation in the Tigray region.

To give testimony to the European Parliament insinuating that the highest leadership of a sovereign country shared with him that they want to ‘wipe out the Tigrayans for 100 years’ is a complete fabrication. It is utterly irresponsible, outrageous and undiplomatic. It is unfortunate that this is being peddled under the pretense of humanitarian concern for our people but what is glaringly apparent is a colonial overtone and superiority that the Ethiopian people and government will never accept. That is why the Ethiopian government finds it difficult to henceforth accept Mr. Haavisto as a credible intermediary in our relations with the EU.

While the Ethiopian government would like to reiterate once again its commitment to continue partnering with the EU, it is absolutely important that the EU considers picking an impartial interlocutor with profound ingenuity and understanding who refrains from callous utterances and engage positively and constructively in helping tackle the prevailing challenges.
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8 COMMENTS

  1. This is the fundamental administrative problem the government has now. Some loose lipped official must have said such cruel and repugnant words to the Finnish minister. I don’t see any incentive for the minister to make things up. Someone in the administration must have told this Finnish minister exactly what he alleges to have heard it all. We will bring the criminals to justice is one and rightful statement but we will destroy people is nothing but tantamount to intention to commit wholesale massacre of people as a group. The administration should investigate and tidy up itself. Some of the officials seem to be loose cannons sometimes in their utterances. Such problems comes with the territory of big fat government. I don’t want to entertain ‘conspiracy’ here.

  2. Finish “Foreign Minister, Pekka Haavisto, remarks in connection with the Tigray region.” borkena, June 18, 2021

    Humble Reaction
    I know a little bit, with admiration, about the Scandinavian Countries. The Statement of the Finish Foreign Minister is reckless and uncharacteristic of the legendary ‘cool thinking’ and wisdom of the Scandinavian People. Needless to point out, the subject matter that the Foreign Minister recklessly indulging himself into belongs to Ethiopia — similar to any internal matter that belongs to Finland. As a Fooreign Mnister, who is supposed to reflect the noble characteristic of the Finish people, has miserably failed. THE END

  3. This would affect the natural good relations between finland & eyhiopia. The foreign. Herman cohen have many so called ” ethiopians” such as the types of Merara Gudinas, etc wotking for hi. Against the interest of ethippia in order to break it so that he can take over Nile. That is the interest. You jusy have to read Mereja Tv/ Ethiopian Review is the playground for ethiopias adversaries within outsideof tge coubtry talling disgusting thibg to eachother. Therefore, mot surprised. As l suspected, tge ethiopian current government has been set up by coordibation of shania, tplf, olf and cohrns. In order to affrct aby hobermment one way or tgeother. Even if this election is passed, the war eill continue until they win
    So.etimes, it osbetter to listen to the tplfs, themoderates, debretsion. If tgey are because theyknow wgat is hoing on, even if tgey are adversaries.

  4. Why would anyone believe Scandinavian countries government officials, they are spying satellite countries for US, even Western and Eastern European countries, don’t trust them.

  5. The Ethiopian government is absolutely right in condemning this fellow’s remarks and notifying the EU that he would not be welcome to Ethiopia in the future. European nations were the sources of poverty and instability across the globe. They unilaterally invaded what is now known as North America (US, Canada), South America, Asia, Oceanea (Australia and New Zealand), and Africa (save Ethiopia) to rob locals of their land and livelihoods. They practically wiped out the indigenous population of Indians and Aboriginals. Granted Finland is a tiny nation like the other one called Ireland, and perhaps both want to elevate their status in world stage by beating down on Ethiopia, and/or individuals might be paid to represent TPLF using dollars plundered from Ethiopia by TPLF through their agents like Tedros Adhanom.

    Similar stand should be taken against other nations and individuals, like that fellow assigned to represent US State Department whose name I do not care to recall. However, extreme care should be exercised in shunning the emissaries. The bottom line should be no one would be allowed to interfere in Ethiopia’s right for self-governance, and no white person who pretends to be righteousness and superior simply because of skin tone would be welcome at any time.

    These difficult times should also be taken as opportunity to reset future foreign relationships carefully. New relationships should be deepened and broadened without antagonizing old ‘friends’. Ethiopia should endeavor to develop her economies using self generated funds, rather than by accepting foreign ‘aid’ or more correctly loans without thought. Financial dependency on foreigners is never good thing, but self reliance is sustainable and would promote freedom of thought and action. The same principle applies in personal finance: live within means.

  6. The ignorant ethiopuans, where ever thry sre, when evet domeone comesout criticising, they dont stop and say who is behind this? What id tge agenda? Theycome out attacking ignorantly. Perdonally. The ,trueIreland and finland have had hood relations with ethiopia. : Those ” Ethiopians” obviously attacking the mesage eould create more enemies for ethiopia insteaf of aasking, why, who what, etc. The agenda is english and other colonial countries orderr ing ireland/ finland. That is it. I havevyet to ser wise ethiopuans coming out fefending ethiopia fir the right rradon, increasing its relationa with other countries and even approaching populations of adversary countries to putpressure affecting ethiopia.

  7. The ignorant ethiopuans, where ever thry sre, when evet domeone comesout criticising, they dont stop and say who is behind this? What id tge agenda? Theycome out attacking ignorantly. Perdonally. The ,trueIreland and finland have had hood relations with ethiopia. : Those ” Ethiopians” obviously attacking the mesage eould create more enemies for ethiopia insteaf of aasking, why, who what, etc. The agenda is english and other colonial countries orderr ing ireland/ finland. That is it. I havevyet to ser wise ethiopuans coming out fefending ethiopia fir the right rradon, increasing its relationa with other countries and even approaching populations of adversary countries to putpressure affecting ethiopia. Ethiopians.withhin and outside and liberations front are paid to affect ethiopia
    True ethiopians or hovermment are not doing their homework. The readon the so called ethiopian/ aby governnent is set up? or blinded is already planned. Here is how nato will pretend it is “saving
    ethiopia” and Lybia style war agaonst ethiopia soon will take place:
    Liberation Fronfts ( cohn, egypt. tplf, shabia, olf/ shene/ bereket simon’ s orgamized group in amara), have pushed ethiopia to muslim- named new ethiopian leaders ( mufti, demeke hussein, ahmed, mekonen, moferiay, mohammed, etc in top leadership) why? Why mot disyrinuted leadersjip? Is because Arabs are already orgamized to attack ethiopia with West’s blessing in kahoots with top listed. They are framing the narrative ” christian region Tigray” is being attacked by the new muslim leaders of ethiopia mentionef above. This already set ip by servers liberation fronts. The Nato will come attack the ethiopuan government plus the people under the name saving ” christian region, tigray” from islam dominatin of ethiopia. ( it is worrisom in Jimma, more new identity and islamic tradition is forming seen today by Welcoming dr Aby). If government is real, it is facing doule edge sword trying to accept islamic tradition because of push from arab countries, at tge sam time trying to unify the country. ( Go see Tanzania , maldives, etc, Tanzania has now few years from declaring the country Islamic). Maldives has mow become 100% Islamic. This helps both West and Arab countries to spread and influence their power on such weak countries. So soon will cone attack ethiopua under this fake banner.

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