Global Ethiopian Diaspora Action Group Holds Fundraiser To Support IDPs

Global Ethiopian Diaspora Action Group held a successful fundraiser to support displaced communities due to conflict and natural disaster.

During the occasion, Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States, Seleshi Bekele appreciated the organizers and everyone who contributed to this noble cause.

He also urged the Diaspora to level up engagements in all fronts such as informing international community on the truth about Ethiopia, skills and technology transfer, building institutions, digital and public diplomacy.

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Institutional Cooperation Vital for Equitable, Reasonable Utilization of Nile River: FM Demeke

Institutionalized cooperation is crucial for equitable and reasonable utilization of the Nile River, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Demeke Mekonen said.

A three-day first High-level Conference on Equitable and Reasonable Utilization of the Nile River Water Resources that attracted over 150 different stakeholders from the Nile basin and experts in the region kicked off in Addis Ababa today.

The aim of the conference is to exchange views on different facets of the principles of equitable and reasonable utilization as well as to enhance mutual understanding and take policy input.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Demeke Mekonen said the conference is important platform to enhance mutual understanding on Nile River issues.

“This is a step towards ensuring a more inclusive understanding of the principle to arrive at win-win solutions. This platform will be a deliberative forum providing an opportunity to discuss recent developments on the Nile River. The result of the celebrations, suggestions and recommendations could be captured for input in policy making in all our countries and the Nile Basin Initiative.”

The river that supplies livelihood to over 500 million people who live along its banks and which also accounts for two-thirds of the surface water in Ethiopia is in grave danger due to man-made and natural pressures compounded by lack of institutionalized cooperation.

“This river of such high importance for sustaining life and for development is in grave danger due to unsustainable human use, environmental degradation, high population growth and other pressures. These pressures on the river are compounded by lack of institutionalized cooperation based on equitable and reasonable utilization of the Nile River” Demeke noted.

He also pointed out that “the Nile Basin Initiative provided the forum for undertaking joint confidence building projects, including the protection of the river and the development of the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA).”

CFA has provisions that ensure the principles of equitable and reasonable utilization of the Nile water resources and it is a balanced document that deserves support.

Demeke explained the issues preventing the sustainable use of the Nile river, saying that it is “on the one hand, threatened by the ever-increasing water demand due to population growth, environmental degradation, and climate change, among other things.”

The tendency to assert hegemony over the shared water resource, on the other hand, continues to be a barrier to the equitable and sensible utilization of the Nile waters, he emphasized.

“The upstream and downstream countries used the negotiation process and the final to reflect their interests. The principles of equitable and reasonable utilization reject any monopolist claims over the Nile River. It is a balanced document deserving all our support. With this, I encourage riparian countries that have not done so to consider ratifying CFA.”

He further called on riparian states to expedite the coming into force of the CFA, which would address problems in a lasting manner.

Demeke recalled the actions taken by the riparian nations on the Nile in the past years, saying that riparian states have sought to address these challenges and have made modest strides to conserve the shared resource while trying to ensure fairness in its utilization.

“Over the past decades, riparian countries have sought to address these challenges. We have a mixed record of progress in institutionalizing the principle of equitable and reasonable utilization and in conserving the river.”

In addition to this collective effort that we are making to ensure fair and equitable use of our shared resource, the government of Ethiopia has, in the framework of the CFA, supported basin wide development and restoration.

He further pointed out that the Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD), which partly started generating hydroelectric power is important for the development of Ethiopia and will also benefit the lower riparian countries and neighboring countries.

Minister of Water and Energy Eng. Habtamu Itefa, State Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Tesfaye and Ambassador Birtukan Ayano, Deputy Mayor of Addis Ababa City, Zantirar Abay, delegates from Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and South Sudan; representatives from various water institutes; and high-level guests were in attendance.

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Addis Ababa Institute of Technology Provides Capacity Building Training

Addis Ababa University’s (AAU’s) Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT) ) rendered a five days Capacity Building Training to Burayu Polytechnic College members from August 29 – September 2, 2022 at AAiT Conference room.

Solomon Kiros (PhD), Director of Research, Technology Transfer and Industry Linkage at AAiT, said that after the Institute examined the experience and skills of the Burayu Polytechnic College, it provided a five-day training to enhance the College’s capacity in particular areas that need immediate help.

Dr. Solomon explained that around forty trainees of Burayu Polytechnic College took a laboratory-based training based on need assessment and pre-prepared various modules that were evaluated by different university professors.

Mitikie Molla (PhD), Vice President for the Office Research and Technology Transfer of AAU, in her keynote speech said regarding community participation that universities are creating knowledge that can be reproduced to others in a form of knowledge oriented participation, and Burayu Polytechnic College is one of the beneficiaries of this opportunity.

“Addis Ababa University has done and is working on many projects in cooperation with Entoto Polytechnic College, General Wingate Polytechnic College as well as TEGBAREID Polytechnic College,” Dr. Mitikie added.

Source: Addis Ababa University

Ethiopia’s Ambassador Briefs S. Korean Official on Current Situation

Ethiopia’s ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Dessie Dalkie has briefed African and Middle Eastern Affairs Bureau Director-General, Kim Jang Hyun on the current situation in Ethiopia.

In the discussion, the Ambassador explained about TPLF’s continued provocative acts in the northern Ethiopia.

The ambassador briefed Jang Hyun about the efforts being made by the government of Ethiopia to resolve the conflict peacefully including the declaration of indefinite humanitarian truce, the preparation of the government for peace talks through the AU, the appointment of high level peace committee among others.

However, he said that TPLF rejected these efforts and ignited the war by mobilizing large number of youth using them as cannon fodder.

The Ambassador requested the international community to try to understand the nature of TPLF and pressurize the group to come to the peaceful option without preconditions, according to Embassy of Ethiopia in Seoul, South Korea.

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Ambassador Teferi Melesse met today Hon Vicky Ford, UK Minister of Africa

Ambassador Teferi Melesse met today Hon Vicky Ford, UK Minister of Africa and briefed her on current developments in Ethiopia including TPLF’s rejection of the AU-led peace process and renewed incursions in the Amhara and Afar Regions. He detailed government commitment to ensuring durable peace under the auspice of the African Union and recognised the UK’s devotion to supporting the same mechanism.

Thanking the Minister for urging Tigrayan forces to immediately cease fighting in the Amhara region, he exposed TPLF’s aversion to any peaceful overtures and underscored the need to denounce TPLF’s senseless war which has only perpetuated civilian suffering.

The minister on her part urged all parties to the conflict to deescalte while expressing her concern over the large-scale drought and resultant humanitarian needs in different parts of #Ethiopia and the subregion. She affirmed her commitment to finding more funding to tackle the crisis.

Source: Ethiopian Embassy UK

Terrorist TPLF Employing Child Soldiers to Prolong Its Survival: Captives

The terrorist TPLF has recently opened a third-round of devastating war by using child soldiers and other ordinary population to sustaining its survival, captives exposed.

The captives, who surrendered in various fronts, said TPLF’s act of war by downplaying the peace option demonstrates the group’s intention of grabbing power on the shoulders of the people of Tigray and continue with its terror ambitions.

The terrorist TPLF is sacrificing the entire people of Tigray, including children by sending influx of human waves in to war that it has opened for the third time.

According to the captives, the terrorist TPLF is forcing even the children of Tigray to the front line for its futile ambitions.

The terrorist TPLF has been annihilating the youth of Tigray by misleading them through its false narrations leaving the region without generation, they added.

The captives said that this act confirms the real nature of the group as a bandit.

There will be no gains from war, but devastation, the captives said denouncing the aggression committed by TPLF for another round of devastation.

They have also urged the people of Tigray, the youth and Special Forces to pressurize the group to come to the path of peace.

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Fighting Erupts Again in Ethiopia’s Northern Tigray Region

BAHIR DAR, ETHIOPIA — U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Mike Hammer returned to Ethiopia, 12 days after fighting resumed between federal forces and Tigrayan rebels, breaking a monthslong cease-fire. The renewed clashes have quashed hopes for peace talks and threaten to spread the conflict, following reports that Eritrean forces have reentered the war and fighting is reported near the Sudan border.

Hammer arrived in Ethiopia on Sunday.

In a news release, the U.S. State Department said Hammer was planning to meet with politicians and civil society groups, “to discuss how best to promote efforts towards a lasting peace, security, and prosperity for all people in Ethiopia.”

Hammer last visited Ethiopia and met with officials in July, during the cease-fire, which the U.S. government said it found encouraging. However, he was told by Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen that the country remains committed to African Union mediation of any peace talks.

The visit comes after fighting in the near two-year conflict between the Ethiopian federal government and rebels with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) resumed August 24, ending the five-month cease-fire.

The U.S. has condemned neighboring Eritrea’s reentry into the conflict, an offensive by the TPLF, and airstrikes by the Ethiopian government, which hit civilian areas, including a kindergarten.

Before the fighting resumed peace talks looked possible, with the TPLF favoring mediation by the U.S. and Kenya’s government, while the Ethiopian government looked to the African Union to broker talks.

William Davison, an analyst with the International Crisis Group, a Belgium-based political analysis firm, said stability in Ethiopia is of great concern to the U.S.

“Above and beyond the desire to bring about peace because of its intrinsic benefits to Ethiopia because of the devastation the conflict is causing,” Davison told VOA, “the U.S. is of course concerned about the regional and geopolitical implications of increasing instability in Ethiopia, a critical country in the Horn of Africa, which is an important strategic reason itself.”

Davidson said Washington can’t force the parties to the negotiating table.

“At this point the U.S. probably doesn’t have, immediately, any extra leverage to bring to bear,” he said. “Of course, it has the diplomatic access and can implore the parties to recommit to the truce and try and achieve talks, but for the moment, the momentum has moved away from any sort of punitive measures. They did establish a sanctions regime.”

Among some Ethiopians on social media, there have been accusations the U.S. is biased toward the TPLF.

Kiram Tadesse, a pro-government commentator, holds that point of view.

“The United States and the so-called international community are not impartial and even defend the TPLF, whenever the federal forces and other allied forces launched their offensive against TPLF,” Tadesse said. “There is a clear dissatisfaction among the social media users.”

Ethiopian state and state-controlled media also frequently parrot this view.

VOA reached out to the TPLF and Ethiopian government with requests for comment on the arrival of the U.S. envoy, but neither responded.

In Tigray, humanitarian organizations say parts of the region are likely in a state of famine due to a lack of humanitarian aid being allowed in. The government has also shut down telecoms and banking there.

With clashes looking set to continue, it remains to be seen whether anyone can persuade the sides to open peace talks.

Source: Voice of America