(ENA) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met today with AU special envoys and briefed them on the ongoing law enforcement operation in Tigary regional state against the AU clique. TPLF, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Prime Minister this morning received former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, former President of Mozambique Joaquim Chissano and former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe – the special envoys designate of Cyril Ramaphosa, South African President and President of the African Union.
On this occasion, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed his deep gratitude to the President of the African Union, Cyril Ramaphosa for the greatest concern and understanding shared in Ethiopia’s efforts to end impunity and bring the TPLF criminal clique to justice.
According to the statement released by the office, he also thanked the special envoys for their visit to Ethiopia, in the concern of the elderly, reiterating the well-meaning efforts of African brothers and sisters who also hope for a prosperous and stable Ethiopia.
Ethiopia appreciates this gesture and the unwavering commitment it demonstrates to the principle of African solutions to African problems, he added.
During the discussion, Abiy briefed the envoys on the history of the Ethiopia rule of law operation currently underway in Tigray.
The Prime Minister has long insisted on the patience with which his government has managed the program of provocations and destabilization orchestrated by the TPLF for more than two years.
Recounting the federal government’s numerous attempts to engage peacefully, he reiterated that the premeditated attack on the Northern Command of the National Defense Forces, which constitutes high treason within the meaning of the Ethiopian penal code, was the last straw. forced the federal government to act. to the protection of the constitutional order of the country.
Abiy explained the federal government’s constitutional responsibility to uphold the rule of law in the region and across the country. Failure to do so would fuel a culture of impunity at a devastating cost to the country’s survival, he said.
According to the statement, Prime Minister Abiy further reiterated the following during the discussion with the special envoys.
The federal government’s absolute commitment to the protection and safety of civilians during rule of law operations has demonstrated that the national defense force has avoided engaging in fighting in towns and cities. densely populated areas, rather overcoming rugged terrain;
Creation of a high-level committee of federal stakeholders to access and respond to the essential humanitarian needs of the citizens of the region;
Identification and announcement of humanitarian aid routes for the provision of the necessary relief material to the citizens of the region coordinated by the Ministry of Peace and in collaboration with United Nations agencies;
Preparation of the federal government to welcome, rehabilitate and resettle the citizens who have fled by creating four camps established to rehabilitate returnees before resettling them in their places of origin;
Ongoing efforts to operationalize the Tigray Constitutional and Multi-Party Provisional Administration in towns and cities under federal command to enable the provision of government services;
Determination to apprehend and bring to justice the TPLF clique and its agents who also committed crimes against humanity in Maikadra;
Commitment to rebuild public infrastructure destroyed by TPLF militias, including communication facilities;
The federal government’s unwavering commitment to creating a democratic Ethiopia that includes all without domination or repression of one group by another.
The Prime Minister also underlined his immense gratitude to the Friends of Ethiopia who constructively engage during the rule of law operations of the federal government and expressed his commitment to engage in dialogue with civil society and representatives of the communities in the regional state of Tigray as well as political parties operating legally within the region.
He finally noted that the Federal Government once again expresses its gratitude to President Cyril Ramaphosa and to the esteemed African Elders and Special Envoys who have transmitted their wisdom, ideas and readiness to support them in any way necessary.