Top Ad unit 728 × 90



Tigray supports ongoing normalization with Eritrea: Debretsion Gebremichael

Rally in Mekelle in support of peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia

Tigray supports ongoing normalization with Eritrea: Debretsion Gebremichael


The people of Tigray are ready and committed to steadfastly realize the rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, Deputy Chief Administrator of the region Debretsion Gebremichael said.

While addressing the rally held today in Mekele in support of the rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, Debretsion said the region supports the ongoing normalization process.

“We have long been waiting for the attained peace agreement and we are ready and committed to tangibly bring the reached agreement of peace among the people that have plenty common history,” Debretsion said.

The Deputy Chief Administrator appreciated the bold initiative of leaders of both countries to restore peace and forge economic ties.

“Government can be replaced by another but as people are lasting and cannot be replaced,” he said adding “people-to-people relation is crucial to ensure a prudent and lasting peace among both people and we are committed to do so.”

Some of the participants of the rally whom ENA has talked to expressed their strong support to the growing rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Mulu Hadush, who joined the rally on his wheelchair, said “nothing is beyond peace among the people of the two countries and I am here to support for further strengthening it”.

Gebresilassie Hayelom, another participant of the rally, expressed delight with the recent development between Ethiopia and Eritrea. “I am happy to see that,” he said.

“There will never be any conducive environment for work and development at national level unless there is peace and this must expand to people-to-people,” he added.

Residents of the city gathered at Mekele stadium to display their support to the rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, request the safeguard of the constitution and condemning ethnic centered attacks.


The Mekele Issue

By Jawar Mohammed

There seem to be concern about speeches made , slogans carried and symbols displayed at the Mekele rally. Some are going as far as suspecting TPLF is threatening to break the region away from the federal system. While the concern is understandable, I think it is an exaggeration. What I saw was leaders and ordinary people expressing support for the reform but also expressing their concern.

- I have not seen a slogan that denounces the ongoing reform and transition.

- Many people were carrying pictures of martyrs. The message I read is that they want the rest of Ethiopia to identify Tigray with its sons who paid the ultimate price in the fight against past dictatorship, not just by few thieves who looted the country in the name of Tigray. ( Chairman Debretsion wearing a hat with Meles' picture might be his way of sending subtle message but that hat has been common tradition within TPLF/Tigray gathering since the passing of Meles). Expecting support for the reform to be expressed only in waving the PM's pictures and repeating his words is not correct. One can support the reform agenda without being a fan of the leadership.

- Many people carried slogans in defense of the federal system. This is understandable given the emergence of loud anti-federal voices and the ambiguous position of the prime minister. Generally there is feeling of uncertainty about the direction of this transition across the country. It should be a surprise if this uncertainty has reached a level insecurity in Tigray for the obvious reason. What is needed to listen to them and reassure them rather than trying to discredit their concerns.

-Debretsion apparently said 'we either live together by respecting each other or we will fall apart.' Some took this as if he was threatening secession. He is not. This a statement many leaders from different region have said before and it is meant to encourage tolerance by indicating the alternative is disastrous.

Therefore, we should not over analyze or condemn this rally. The people of Mekele used their new found freedom to express their support and concern like any other region. Their voice shall not and cannot be silenced.

My concern is not the rally or what was expressed there. My worry is Mekele has become a refugee for military, intelligence and political figures who have been removed from federal post. Almost all of the officials who resigned or fired left Finfinne and staying at hotels in Mekele. The federal authorities appear to suspect them of gathering to conspire against the center. Debretsion himself alluded to this in a speech at conference held in Mekele recently. Therefore, unless solutions are found to ensure Mekele does not become a staging ground for those displeased with the ongoing change, Finfinne and Mekele could be heading to collusion course. What should be done?

- The federal government should try to reassure these officials that they they will not be targeted by just being Finfinne. Any action should be done through the legal process and should not be political motivated.

- While the Tigray regional government cannot prevent these former officials from residing in Mekele, they must be clearly told that the state will not shield them against legitimate legal action by the federal authorities and they will be handed over if there is warrant for their arrest. Moreover Debretsion needs to make it clear that they cannot use the region as staging ground for undermining federal authority.

- TPLF and OPDO/ANDM need to engage in backdoor talks and negotiations to defuse the tension and reduce the visible insecurity being felt by TPLFites. The PM and other officials should be careful with their choice of words and narrative in describing the deposed officials. ( He has been toning down in recent weeks which is good). These parties need to contain war of words among their cadres on media. Unrestrained social media attacks particularly by individuals officially affiliated with the parties is exacerbating tension. Cool it off.

Bottom line. TPLF officials should accept reality that they have lost political domination and they will not regain it. Attempt to derail the transition will not lead to bringing back the old days but makes them lose even more and endanger the country. OPDO/ANDM should also act like a benevolent winners rather than threatening and beating an already defeated adversary. Cornering a wounded beast usually pushes it the the desperate and extreme end.

Lets hope and pray for the best.

Sponsored Ads
Tigray supports ongoing normalization with Eritrea: Debretsion Gebremichael Reviewed by Admin on 12:13 AM Rating: 5

No comments:

All Rights Reserved by Madote © 2016

Contact Form


Email *

Message *

Powered by Blogger.