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Top Ethiopian Official Blames Government for Failure of Tanzania Negotiation

Ethiopian Official Taye Dendea
Taye Dendea ,State Minister in the Ministry of Peace. (Photo : Public Domain)

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In an interview with the Oromo Language Service of the BBC, Taye Dendea, State Minister in the Ministry of Peace – theoretically one of the most influential government ministries – attributed the failure of the peace talks in Tanzania with the militant ethnic Oromo Nationalist group, known as the “Oromo Liberation Army,” to the Prosperity Party government.

Besides his ministerial portfolio, Taye Dendea holds positions as a member of the central committee of the ruling party and as a member of the regional council in the Oromia region.

Regarding the peace negotiation between the Ethiopian government and the “Oromo Liberation Army,” he recalled, “I remember when I was engaging people in Gebre Gurecha. People had high hopes about it.”

He added, “After the political problem within Oromo politics reached at this level and the decision to resolve their differences through dialogue, it is the government, to which I am a part, that hindered the peace negotiation.”

He vehemently criticized his government. The BBC Amharic report cited him as saying, “…when I expect that we would discuss and resolve it, it is not open for discussion. There interest in addressing issues with political trickery. This is the behavior of my government.”

Another crucial point he made, according to a BBC Amharic report, is that on the second day of the second round of negotiations in Tanzania, the government began spreading propaganda alleging that “we have eliminated Shane [the radical group], we broke its spine. The Defense Force was mobilized from different areas to finish off Shane militarily during the negotiation when it was not possible to achieve that in five years.”

For Taye, the rebel leader demonstrated determination for the negotiation when he decided to take a risk to cross the airspace of a government-controlled area and travel to Tanzania.

The State Minister also addressed the situation in the Oromo region, stating that his government has failed to deliver on its promises, and the situation in the region is unbearable.

He acknowledged the continuous killings in the region and drew a comparison with the war in Gaza, highlighting that the number of casualties in the war from both sides is known, unlike in the Oromia region, where people have been killed over the past five years.

Besides government forces, the group known as “Oromo Liberation Army” (OLA) or OLF-Shane, as referred to by the government, is linked to tens of thousands of civilian killings, primarily of ethnic Amhara.

The second round of negotiations between the Ethiopian government and OLA in Tanzania last month concluded without an agreement. Both parties have traded accusations over the talk’s failure. The third round of negotiation is anticipated, but the timeframe remains unspecified.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. The unity among the Oromo political forces is crucial at this moment because the Amhara forces are defeating the poorly trained and led government army. I met an Oromo activist who is very worried about the battlefield successes of the Eritrean trained and armed Amhara forces. The Eritrean dictator has planned regime change in Ethiopia and the other regional power Tigray is prepared to intervene if Oromia is threatened. Oromia is the gift of Tigray and its defense is the task of Tigray defense forces (TDF).

  2. I don’t how you gonna keep negotiating with someone who is hell bent on ‘referendum’. Mengistu is blamed eternally for ‘enabling’ EPLF all the way to the eve of a ‘referendum’ with the TPLF on its side. Mengistu’s role was a typical set up for punch line. He seemed to like buying new weapons from Russia in pairs except fighter/bomber jets. When he bought missiles he goes: ‘One boatload for me and one boatload for EPLF. T42’s: One for me and one for EPLF. RPG’s and AK47’s: 5 boatloads for me and 5 boatloads for EPLF. 10,000 trained soldiers for me and 10,000 trained soldiers for EPLF’s prisoners camp’. Abiy’s regime knows that very well and does not want to be blamed for that. I bet you if you trace every AK-47, RPG, and machine gun in OLA’s hand you will find them in the procurement document of the federal government.

    When OLA was allowed to return from Eritrea we saw the video that showed them bare handed. They did not have even walking sticks. Look at them now. They don’t even look like a typical guerilla army. They are no different from well pampered members of the nation’s defense forces(ENDF) with uniforms well tailored to size. I know what some of you would say about that. No, Sudan nor South Sudan gave it to them. Kenya would never do it. Eritrea and Somalia are out of the question. Then who? How about those arms depot personnel of the regime itself. I have been saying that all along. When you set governance strictly on ethnic lines shunning completely the rights of the individual, such behaving badly will be almost impossible to avoid. The main source of all ills that have been bedeviling that gem of the colored is the lack of the rights of the individual since 1974.

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