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GOE interfering in the religious and canonical affairs of Ethiopia’s ancient Orthodox Church

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Press Statement 

The American Ethiopian Public Affairs Committee has released the following statement in  response to recent developments regarding the Ethiopian Government’s handling of the  Ethiopian Orthodox Church crisis: 

As it emerges from conflict, Ethiopia needs reconstruction, unity and a period of healing. These  efforts are not helped by the Ethiopian Government’s (GOE) handling of the Ethiopian Orthodox  Church crisis.  

AEPAC is very concerned that the GOE is interfering in the religious and canonical affairs of  Ethiopia’s ancient Orthodox Church. These actions suggest that they are siding with the  insurgency that attempted to topple the Ethiopian Orthodox Church synod by providing cover  for illegal activities.

We call on Ethiopia’s political leaders to instead protect the 2,000-year-old church and its  people, and for Ethiopians of all religions and none to ask the Government to meet its  responsibilities by not inflaming this situation further. The government is elected by the people  to serve all Ethiopians. As such we ask for immediate correction in this matter.


About AEPAC 

The American-Ethiopian Public Affairs Committee is dedicated to promoting a positive,  synergetic relationship between the United States and Ethiopia. AEPAC’s core mission is to  strengthen and enhance the century-old relationship between the United States and Ethiopia.  AEPAC strives to build a strong partnership based on the common interests and mutual benefits  of the two countries. 

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