Security Adviser Urges Citizens to Discharge Responsibility for Successful Implementation of Peace Deal

National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister and member the peace alternative main committee, Ambassador Redwan Hussain urged all citizens to discharge their responsibility for the successful implementation of the peace deal as it affirm Ethiopia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Members of the Peace Alternative Main Committee has briefed the speakers of the two Houses, chief administrators of regional states, senior government officials and Prosperity Party branch office officials in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed regarding the overall process of the agreement and further works.

During the occasion, committee member and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, Ambassador Redwan said that the agreement mainly focused on securing Ethiopia’s lasting peace, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

He stated that the peace agreement was concluded in a manner that respected the common interests of the people of Ethiopia.

During the peace talk it was agreed that there cannot be two armed forces in one sovereign country and that the rule of law must be respected, Redwan added.

Moreover, he elaborated that activities outside the constitution will be stopped and an Interim Regional Administration will be established in Tigray region until elections are held in accordance with the constitution.

“The option and solution we have is to go together in harmony. In this regard, we will work together to bring the affected communities to their feet and previous social interaction.”

The damages encountered are damages of all Ethiopians, he said stressing the need for concerted efforts of rehabilitation and reconstruction by all.

The works of networking and communication should also take into account the common journey of the people.

He elaborated that it is necessary to work together to rehabilitate the affected citizens by coordinating the existing capabilities.

There is also a need for enhanced collaboration in order to correct the pressure incurred on the economic, diplomatic and other fields due to the conflict, the Security adviser underlined.

In this regard, he stressed that the media should work and play its active role in creating a situation where citizens can learn from the problems and strengthen their solidarity.

“It is our common country that is affected by the conflict. Hence, the peace deal will create a great opportunity to elevate Ethiopia to a higher level with the participation of all its citizens.”

He also underlined the need to work together to prevent the acts of elements with a view to hindering the process knowingly or unknowingly.

Redwan called on all citizens to discharge their responsibilities for the implementation of the agreement.

The peace agreement signed this week between the Ethiopian Peace Talks Delegation and TPLF in Pretoria, South Africa, has reiterated respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ethiopia and to upholding the Constitution of the country.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Peace Agreement Embodies Diplomatic Victory for Ethiopia, Africa: Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Qatar

The peace agreement signed between the Ethiopian Peace Talks Delegation and the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) embodies diplomatic victory for Ethiopia and Africa, according to Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Qatar.

Speaking to ENA today, Ambassador Feisel Aliyi Abrahim said the peace agreement is a historic milestone which shows that Ethiopians choose peace and negotiation over coercion.

‘‘It is a testimony that Ethiopia prioritizes peace over conflict, even at the last minute. Because as you know our National Defense Force has superiority over the TPLF on the ground operation, I mean militarily. But still prefers discussion to end the conflict.’’

This is a manifestation of Ethiopia’s historical preference of diplomacy and discussion over using force, the ambassador stated, adding that the peace deal really shows Ethiopia’s potential to maintain peace which other African countries are looking up to.

Ambassador Feisel noted that ‘‘Ethiopia benefits much out of this peace deal. This is Ethiopia’s victory over those who do not want to see stable, peaceful and prosperous Ethiopia. The Ethiopian people in general, and the people in conflict areas of Tigray, Amhara and Afar in particular, are the prime beneficiaries of the peace agreement reached.’’

According to him, the most important benefit of it is the gun silenced, and hence life saved.

Now is the time to reconstruct the damaged infrastructures, schools, health facilities, roads and  restore basic services for the affected people by the conflict.

In a bid to pull our people from the quagmire of poverty, we need peace more than any other country, Ambassador Feisel stressed.

‘‘It is true that our national defense force has already taken over most parts of Tigray. However, military superiority and military operation do not guarantee peace.’’

For lasting peace to prevail in our country, Ethiopians have to come together and discuss to sort out our differences, he stated.

‘‘Peace needs mutual understanding. Peace needs the other side to understand the other side,’’ he said, adding that without give and take peace talks do not succeed.

Ethiopia’s gallant military forces have significantly contributed to the groundwork as the military advanced paying huge sacrifice, he said.

‘‘The advancement of our gallant military forces that achieved victory through huge sacrifice has no doubt pushed the other side to come to the negotiation table.’’

Ambassador Feisel believes that the peace agreement is also a very big victory for the African Union as some groups have been campaigning against the AU-led peace process by de-legitimizing it as ineffective and inefficient.

‘‘We have witnessed over years that some western countries wanted to broker peace to solve the problem in northern Ethiopia… Ethiopia, however, insisted throughout the time that lasting peace and solution will be spear-headed by the AU. Because we are Africans and the problem is an African problem. So, we need an African solution. Hence, the AU is the most appropriate and legitimate institution to handle this matter. This is also a victory for the AU, despite all the campaigns that the AU is incapable of brokering peace in Africa. This has been proven false.’’

However, Ethiopia, as a founding member of the AU, insisted on the AU-led peace process in line with the principle ‘‘African Solution for African Problem’’, even if some non-African governments wanted to broker peace between the two sides to solve the conflict, the ambassador elaborated.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Peace Deal Momentous to Solidify Peace in Ethiopia without External Interference: HPR Member Mohammed Al-Arousi

As achieving peace in Ethiopia is the top priority, the Ethiopian Government has been taking various measures to end conflicts and the momentous peace agreement signed between the Federal Government and TPLF demonstrated the country’s commitment to peace, a member of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR), Mohammed Al-Arousi, told the Ethiopian News Agency.

The MP pointed out that one of the agendas of Ethiopia’s enemies is working to destabilize the Horn of Africa. But Ethiopia has overcome this challenge and is ensuring peace.

Peace is crucial for the country as conflicts are distracting it from its political priorities in the world and the Horn of Africa, in particular, he added.

According to Mohammed, the government’s efforts to achieve peace are colossal.

The steps being taken to provide humanitarian aid and ceasefire and other efforts are commendable, he noted, adding that all interventions did not force the country to forfeit its sovereignty and external parties are working to control and impose their agendas under the cover of humanitarian aid and other excuses.

He explained that peace comes as an embodiment of the real Ethiopian desire which consolidates the bonds of peace among the Ethiopian peoples; and that the nation will work to build the homeland and renounce hatred that obstructs the peace process in the country.

The MP stressed that achieving peace in Ethiopia is a success for the African Union in silencing the guns inside Ethiopia, and that some countries benefit from the Ethiopian model in achieving peace.

“The country must have national institutions like the National Defense Force that defends the country.

And these should be strengthened to support peace efforts.” Mohamed also praised the role of the African Union and said that the Union has proven its worth and is able to solve African problems in line with slogan that “African solution for African problem.”

Ethiopia’s confidence in the African Union has contributed to restoring African prestige to everyone who deals with local issues internationally, the MP noted.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Obasanjo Says Implementing Peace Deal Requires Dexterity, Statesmanship and Patriotism

The implementation of the peace agreement signed between the Ethiopian government and TPLF requires much dexterity, statesmanship, leadership, and patriotism, AU High Representative for the Horn of Africa Olusegun Obasanjo said.

The AU High Representative told Ethiopian News Agency that “the implementation of the  peace agreement will require as much dexterity, statesmanship, leadership, patriotism and what we call an all-inclusive Ethiopian society (national dialogue).”

Speaking about the peace talk in South Africa, the former President of Nigeria stated that as a High Representative of the AU Commission in the Horn of Africa on a mission to promote peace, security and stability, particularly to make peace in Ethiopia, “I have seen demonstrated attitude of the spirit and of the attributes of the delegates from both sides over the ten days that was spent in Pretoria.”

According to him, the peace agreement was a breakthrough.

“We have got to this stage where we are seeing the light beyond the tunnel,” the AU High Representative for the Horn of Africa added.

Obasanjo said that the two sides — the federal government and TPLF, have agreed to peace process which involves disarmament, access of humanitarian aid, demobilization, restoration of services, and integration.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

AU Initiated Peace Agreement Exemplary to Africans, Says Pan-Africanist American Editor

The peace agreement signed between the Federal Government of Ethiopia and TPLF is exemplary to Africans in their bid to solve African problems with African solutions, the American Editor and Publisher of Pan-African News Wire Abayomi Azikiwe said.

In an exclusive interview with ENA, Azikiwe stated that it was great that the African Union took the initiative to hold the peace talk and appreciated all the pertinent bodies involved in the AU-led peace talk.

According to him, the peace initiative is the most significant aspect of the whole peace process, which is a showcase for ”African solutions for African problems.

“The editor noted that there are also difficulties which require diplomatic solutions in other parts of Africa.

The signing of this agreement between the federal government and TPLF is important, and it should be replicated in other African countries, Azikiwe said.

TPLF is going to disarm in accordance the signed agreement, and hopefully they will stick to the agreement which enables Ethiopia to ensure peace and stability, he added.

The editor pointed out that Ethiopia is attempting to consolidate its national interest, and since Prime Minister Abiy came to power 4 years ago with the mandate to play peace in the region a peace accord was signed with Eritrea.

The prime minister has been involved in issues of Pan-Africanism, African unity, the Horn of Africa, and the entire continent, he stated.

Azikiwe further elaborated that Ethiopia, being one of the most populous countries in Africa, has a key role to play in terms of peace and stability in the entire continent as it maintains its peace and stability.

”The American editor noted that there were mounting pressures on the Government of Ethiopia following the outbreak of the conflict, he however called on those powers to not intervene in the internal affairs of Ethiopia.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

It is Now Time to Invest in Ethiopia

Over the week, the third UK-Ethiopia Trade and Investment Forum was held in London, United Kingdom. The forum which was co-organized by the Ethiopian Embassy in London, WAFA Marketing and promotion and Digital Marketing Association (DMA), the third UK-Ethiopia Trade aimed at promoting the lucrative investment opportunities in Ethiopia and serving as a venue for UK investors to take business decisions.

The event has brought together more than one hundred investors and served as an important platform for Business-to-business (B2B) and Government-to-Business (G2B) sessions.

The third UK-Ethiopia Trade and Investment Forum coincided with the signing of Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA), during which Minister of Trade and regional integration, Gebremeskel Challa underscored that the new peace accord will open a new down for Ethiopians and lay a foundation for trade and investment.

Ethiopia has embarked on Home-grown Economic Reform which addresses three pillars including macroeconomic, structural, and sectoral reforms of the economy. stabilizing financial systems, strengthening public financial sectors, focusing on key and potential sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, and mining is very important to ensure viable economic growth.

The reform will ensure that productivity of small-holder farmers is enhanced through provision of modern inputs and prioritizing strong small scale of manufacturing sectors such as agro-processing and leather products. Overall, the country’s Home-grown Economic Reform aims at creating more jobs, ensuring inclusive growth, and reducing poverty, for discussion and gathering vital inputs to further enrich it.

Apart from the Telecom industry, Ethiopia has opened up its financial sector to foreign investors. Indeed, it is now time to invest in Ethiopia.

 

Source: Ethiopian Embassy UK

COP27: EU calls on all Parties to take concrete steps to limit global warming to 1.5°C and respect the Paris Agreement

At the COP27 UN Climate Change Conference starting this weekend in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, the Commission will call on all Parties to take urgent action to bring down greenhouse gas emissions and respect the commitments they made under the Paris Agreement and in the Glasgow Climate Pact adopted last year at COP26.

On 7-8 November, President von der Leyen will represent the Commission at the World Leaders’ Summit that officially opens COP27. From 14-18 November, Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans will lead the EU negotiating team. Commissioners for Energy, Kadri Simson, Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, and Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski will also participate at events at COP27.

President von der Leyen will take part in one Leaders Roundtable on Investing in the Future of Energy on day two. She will deliver the EU Joint Statement at a Plenary Session with the President of the European Council. She will also take part in a number of events and sign bilateral declarations with several partners, with a particular focus on forest and climate partnerships and on the clean energy transition.

At COP27, the Commission’s negotiating team will push for the implementation of existing commitments to move from ambitious words to concrete actions, including through the adoption of a Mitigation Work Programme to urgently scale up mitigation ambition and implementation in this critical decade. On adaptation to climate change, the EU is committed to achieve clear progress towards the Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA). Nature-based solutions, as highlighted in last year’s Glasgow Climate Pact, play a crucial role in enabling adaptation to climate change and preserving biodiversity, which will also be a key topic at the Biodiversity COP15 later this year. On the issue of loss and damage, the EU will seek effective solutions to meet the diverse needs of vulnerable countries around the world facing the effects of climate change. The EU backs an official agenda item on averting, minimising and addressing loss and damage to enable Parties to discuss the best way forward to facilitate swift access to finance and scale up support for vulnerable countries and communities. We will work with developed countries to ensure they double financing for adaptation by 2025 compared to 2019 levels, and that they increase climate finance contributions to meet the annual $100 billion target to which the EU contributed €23.04 billion in 2021 – a steady and by far the largest contribution.

Throughout the conference, the Commission will host over 125 side events at the EU Pavilion in Sharm el-Sheikh and online. These events will address a broad range of climate-related issues, such as biodiversity protection and nature restoration, energy security and the green transition, sustainable finance, food and water security, and research and innovation. Given that biodiversity loss and climate change are mutually reinforcing, various events will also highlight the link between COP27 and the upcoming COP15 dedicated to biodiversity.

Background

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, 194 countries agreed to submit Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which represent their individual emissions reduction targets. Collectively, these NDCs should contribute to keeping average global temperature change below 2°C and as close as possible to 1.5°C by the end of the century. The 2022 reports from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that the world is set to reach the 1.5ºC level within the next two decades and that only the most drastic cuts in carbon emissions from now would help prevent an environmental disaster. This level of temperature rise would have extremely harmful effects that pose an existential challenge.

The European Union is a global leader in climate action, having already cut its greenhouse gas emissions by over a quarter since 1990, while growing its economy by over 60%. With the European Green Deal presented in December 2019, the EU further raised its climate ambition by committing to reaching climate neutrality by 2050. This objective became legally binding with the adoption and entry into force of the European Climate Law, in July 2021. The Climate Law also sets an intermediate target of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. This 2030 target was communicated to the UNFCCC in December 2020 as the EU’s NDC under the Paris Agreement. In 2021, the EU presented a package of proposals to make  its climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030. A first agreement on zero emission cars and vans was reached on 27 October. The EU will update its NDC, as appropriate, as soon as possible after all these proposals are adopted.

Climate finance is critical to support vulnerable communities to protect themselves against the impacts of climate change and to support sustainable economic growth. Developed countries have committed to mobilise a total of $100 billion of international climate finance per year from 2020 until 2025 to help the most vulnerable countries and small island states in particular, in their mitigation and adaptation efforts. The EU is the biggest donor with a steadily rising contribution to around a quarter of the target. Other donor countries must now step up their efforts and meet the current shortfall.

 

Source: EU in Ethiopia