ADDIS ABABA – The federal government will take the necessary steps to uphold its constitutional responsibilities of safeguarding all citizens, said Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen.
The minister held a briefing to Addis Ababa-based diplomats and representatives of international organizations on current developments in Ethiopia on Thursday.
At the briefing, the Ministry of Foreign affairs said Demeke “focused on the conflict that the TPLF had just re-ignited, the present humanitarian situation, and the federal government’s continued efforts to bring the conflict to a peaceful conclusion.”
The minister accused TPLF of violating the spirit of the humanitarian truce through “hostile rhetoric,” recruiting child soldiers, and engaging in public mobilization planning for yet another round of hostilities.
“The TPLF’s latest wave of attacks on the Amhara and Afar regions, which began on August 23, 2022, will not be accepted,” he told the diplomats.
The government, he said, is committed to taking all necessary steps to prevent the TPLF from victimizing these communities once more.
The Government has been taking measures against the terrorist group with utmost care to avoid civilian casualties extending alerts to protect themselves and stay away from military installations, Demeke said.
The Deputy PM rebuffed TPLF’s victimhood tactics and fictitious wins, adding that the federal government will continue to uphold its constitutional obligations to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of all Ethiopians.
Despite the escalating hostilities, the federal government is dedicated to achieving peace, the minister told the diplomatic community.
During Thursday’s briefing, Demeke appriciated countries that supported the federal government’s attempts to stop further violence in Ethiopia while questioning the motivations of some groups that still provide support to the TPLF.
These groups “should stop equating the government with the outlawed terrorist organization,” and refrain from taking “measures that will worsen the conflict and threaten Ethiopia’s sovereignty, Demeke said.