Ethiopia: Government Welcomes Exiled Opposition Group to Come Back to Ethiopia
google-site-verification: google7ad14683ccbfab41.htmlAwramba Times (Addis Ababa) – Getachew Reda, Ethiopia’s Government Communication Affairs minister, said his government is more than ready to welcome the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) to come back to the country to take part in peaceful struggle.
In an interview with Al Jazeera English’s current affairs show, UpFront host Mehdi Hasan,
Getachew said “The government is more than ready to welcome ODF as long as ODF breaks its ties with the terrorist organisation called OLF.”
Lencho Bati, a former Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) spokesperson and a current executive committee member of the ODF, who pushed Reda to confirm the government’s willingness to negotiate stressed that the government’s failure to address Oromo grievances could be disastrous.
“They must open the political space,” he said. “Otherwise Ethiopia is sitting on a time bomb.”
Getachew also responded to a recently released Human Rights Watch report. “Human Rights Watch is not interested in the reality on the ground, nor does it have any representative here on the ground,” he said. “More often than not, they just pluck their numbers out of thin air.”
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