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.
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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