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Ethiopian PM Security advisor says “dismayed” by US Envoy and Ambassadors who met with TPLF leaders

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Ethiopian government displeased with the European Union  and US Ambassadors, who met with TPLF leaders in Mekelle, for not urging the rebel group to commit itself for peace 

US special Envoy and Ambassadors are seen with TPLF leaders in Mekelle on Wednesday (photo : SM)

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Advisor the Ethiopian PM on Thursday said that  it is dismayed by what it called the “course chosen by a team of envoys & Ambs in handling the matter when in Mekele.” 

Redwan Hussien, Security Advisor to the Ethiopian Prime Minister and also a member of the team selected to represent the Ethiopian government for the proposed negotiation with the TPLF, said raised the matter during debrief with Ambassadors from western countries and the US special envoy. He wrote : 

“Debriefed with IC expressing gov’t dismay at course chosen by team of envoys & Ambs in handling the matter when in Mekele. They failed to press for unequivocal commitment for peace talks, rather indulging in appeasement & fulfilling preconditions placed by the other party.” 

Based on what Mr. Redwan wrote, it seems that Ethiopia tends to believe that the Ambassadors and the US special envoy did not emphasize the importance of TPLF’s unequivocal commitment to the peace talks. 

TPLF has put answer to its claim over Wolkait as a precondition for the peace talks which is expected to take place this month in Kenya.

The Ethiopian government rejected any precondition for the peace talk while expressing readiness for the talk.

A joint statement from the Ambassadors and US envoy, according to Redwan, rather emphasized “unfettered humanitarian access.”

Insinuated in the remark from the advisor to the Prime Minister is that the countries whose ambassadors and special envoy met with TPLF leaders in Mekelle on Wednesday are sympathisers of the TPLF cause. 

The United States and the European Union had been putting pressure on Ethiopia, including by introducing sanction regimes, to reach a negotiated settlement to end the war with TPLF.  

U.S. Charge d’affaires in Ethiopia, European Union Ambassador, Ambassadors of the UK, Italy and Canada were among those who met with TPLF leaders in Mekelle. 

A selfie of the U.S. special envoy to the Horn of Africa and the TPLF leaders was circulating on social media. 

U.S. special envoy to the Horn of Africa Mike Hammer (first left) take a selfie picture with Tigray rebel group chairman Debretsion Gebremichael (second left) and U.S. charge d’affairs in Ethiopia (third from left) and Getachew Reda, TPLF spokesperson, on Wednesday in Mekelle. (Photo : screenshot from Dimtse Woyanne TV)

The TPLF makes the claim that it was a “genocidal war against the people of Tigray” although it is established that the war started when the TPLF forces unexpectedly attacked the Northern Command of the Ethiopian Defence Force. 

Regarding Ethiopia’s distaste towards western countries’ ambassador’s visit to Mekelle, the TPLF seems to have reacted by issuing a statement in connection with the investigation of claims of “genocide” in Tigray. 

There have been multiple attempts at the UN Security Council to pass a resolution against Ethiopia on alleged grounds of “blocking humanitarian access,” rape and  “genocide against Tigray.” 

Statements from the U.S. State Department went to the extent of demanding the Ethiopian government withdraw forces from Wolkait by referring to it as “western Tigray.” The issue is still a contentious point. 

TPLF has an irredentist claim over the land which it incorporated into Tigray in 1991 after taking power in Addis Ababa with support from the US and its western allies. 

In a statement issued hours after Redwan Hussien’s remark, the TPLF blamed the United Nations Human Rights Commission, among others, over what it called establishing contact with the Ethiopian government  and treating Tigray [TPLF equates itself asTigray] as a “marginal stakeholder.”

“…any attempts to set up a framework for the investigation that treats Tigray as a marginal stakeholder a step in the wrong direction and therefore unacceptable,” TPLF said in the statement.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Taking selfie ain’t a big deal since it is very common these days. It also makes an excellent feature in any future memoirs. Now both sides have to show genuine desire to end this stupid but unimaginably destructive conflict. Mussolini is extremely jealous of how these niggers outdid him in killing each other. He is also hopping mad at his generals wondering how this did not kill more. But he is enjoying watching the deadly carnage these niggers are carrying out on each other. He is like ‘More niggers! More of that!!!’

  2. Seems a repetition of the same situation > 120 years ago – Dej. Nigussie of tigray meeting with the French in a bid to take over state power. See how enthusiastic the Yankee is – badly wants a running dog in the Horn. Too bad that this traitor group is allowed to continue the charade….too bad.

  3. There is one sight that I can’t get over it. Just look at the photo of both Debre and his mouthpiece Getachew. Do they look like someone who missed a single snack in between their three daily meals? Getachew has been ballooning like an over fed walrus and Debre is like a well fed muscled bull. When I see such photos of these two and compare that to emaciate faces of the beleaguered citizens in that region, it just make my blood boil. That is how commies and their deacons/deresaas always are. Their self anointed ‘holy man’ that blood thirst gangster Mao was just like these two. When Chinese peasants were dying of starvation due to his jumbled up leap this leap that campaign he was getting fatter and fatter by the day.

  4. Appeasing, colluding and cajoling TPLF gangs while ignoring their victims,- – Ethiopian masses -‘ who were killed, robbed, imprisoned and exploited at will from corners to corner over 28 years is injustice and grave mistake. It is unforgivable crime and ultimatum betrayal to say the least. I , for one, was inclined for peace settlement and acceptable conditions for all sides but not capitulation to their childish behavior. unwarranted preconditions and empty arrogance.

  5. Subject: “Ethiopian PM Security advisor says “dismayed” by US Envoy and Ambassadors who met with
    TPLF leaders” August 4, 2022

    Humble Opinion
    a) Ethiopian Officer is “dismayed” that US envoys met “TPLF leaders”.
    b) I am surprised that the Ethiopian Official is dismayed to see US envoys with TPLF Leaders.
    c) I am really sincere with my surprise.
    d) What next? Would we be surprised if the Great USA — the charming of charmings of all — chats with
    the DEVIL?!?!
    e). I can’t imagine that well experienced Ethiopian official be naive enough to believe that the US is
    restricted to speak only with Ethiopia !!!! OH! LORD, have mercy upon puritans. THE END

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