The Ethiopian Embassy in Kampala Uganda has stated that the TPLF rebel group that’s causing havoc in the Northern part of Ethiopia must be condemned and held accountable for re-igniting war which has for a long period of time led to loss of lives and destruction of property.
In a statement released on Thursday, these noted that the rebels will not walk away free but will be held accountable for provoking the war, which it formally admitted, reigniting and escalating the conflict.
“It should be clear that the Northern Ethiopia conflict broke out on Nov 4, 2020 as a result of TPLF’s attacks on the Northern Command of National Defense Forces of Ethiopia and the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar. At the same time, the War did not stop because the TPLF has been turning its back to the calls and confidence building measures that has been taken by the Government for the peaceful settlement of the Conflict,” the statement reads in part.
According to the Embassy, the TPLF Group engaged itself in attacks and invasions, forced conscription of the youth and use of child soldiers, using the worn-out human wave as a military strategy, colluding with internal and external anti-peace elements to incite violence in the country and coordinated deceptions and disinformation methods to play as if it is a victim as well as ridiculing the AU-led peace process until recently.
“The TPLF re-ignited the conflict in Ethiopia by re-launching third round attack on the neighboring region of Amhara on August 24, 2022. The TPLF, whose preparation for the potential hostilities were disclosed, re-launched the attack despite the Ethiopian Government revealed its readiness to negotiate without precondition and the FDRE Main peace Committee unveiled Peace Proposal in which it expressed its readiness for a negotiated ceasefire, an in-depth political dialogue for a lasting settlement and addressing pending issues through the national Dialogue,” the statement indicates.
The Ethiopian Embassy in Uganda went ahead to note that the TPLF responded negatively and reaffirmed its being a national security threat to the country and that it has been abusing the government’s efforts for peaceful settlement of the conflict repeatedly.
“When the government declared a unilateral ceasefire on June 2021, the TPLF escalated the conflict into the Amhara and Afar regions where it committed horrendous crimes on the civilians such as extra-judicial killings and executions, rapes and other forms of sexual violence, inflicting body harms, causing immeasurable property and infrastructure damages, destruction and looting, causing a mass displacement of the peoples in the region as well as targeting religious sites and using them as military camps and fighting sheds.”
With all the above, the Ethiopian Government has been taking concrete measures against perpetrators of human rights violations and this was reaffirmed in its commitment in implementing the recommendations of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of UNOHCHR and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission through the Inter-Ministerial Task Force.
“However, the International Commission of Human Rights Experts in Ethiopia (ICHREE) was founded in a series of erroneous premises,” the Embassy noted.
It also described the recent report of International Commission of Human Rights Experts in Ethiopia (ICHREE) as incomplete, incoherent, and unsubstantiated.
“It is a manifestly political statement issued under the guise of an ‘investigation report’, written in breach of all principles of professionalism, independence, impartiality. Furthermore, politically motivated statements and reports would not serve for a peaceful settlement for the Conflict.”
The Ethiopian Government has, however, expressed commitment for peaceful settlement of the conflict under the auspices of African Union and ensuring accountability for any human right violations.