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Ethiopia approves a dialogue committee that does not currently speak to rebels

Parliamentarians pass a bill to establish a committee of 11 members, but at this stage they are not involved with the rebels of Tigray and Oromo.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has promised to establish such a committee to establish a common ground on controversial issues. (AFP)

Ethiopian lawmakers have approved a bill to establish a committee for domestic dialogue.

Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favor on Wednesday, with 287 in favor, 13 against, and 1 abstention.

“The establishment of a committee will pave the way for national consensus and maintain national integrity,” the bill said.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has promised to establish such a committee to establish a common ground on controversial issues.

However, the National Dialogue Committee is fighting the Federal Army at this stage and is not involved with the rebels of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) or Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), which have been declared as terrorist organizations. Government of East African nation.

Some government officials have specifically stated that the new committee will not be involved in consultations with the Tigray organization.

The bill states that “a committee of 11 members will” heal wounds, build consensus on important issues, and help the country solve complex problems in a comprehensive dialogue and reconciliation process. ” Has a mission to promote.

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“Insufficient attempts” to resolve the political crisis

The creation of the committee may be an effort to respond to a persistent foreign call for a ceasefire and inclusive dialogue to resolve the dispute, said Jakenn Publishing, CEO of prominent Addis Standard Media Outlet. Tsedale Lemma said.

“When the international community has called for a comprehensive dialogue to address the growing crisis in Ethiopia, such dialogue is true by making various stakeholders, including armed groups, part of the process. There is no ambiguity about the need to be inclusive, “said Tsedale.

She said the government has so far had a strict policy of not negotiating with armed groups.

“With this in mind, it is no exaggeration to say that the National Dialogue Commission is merely an extension of the government’s inadequate attempt to scratch the thick surface of Ethiopia’s multi-layered and complex political crisis,” she said. rice field.

Tigray border army

The Ethiopian Federal Army and its allies have regained areas of the Amhara and Afar regions that have been in the hands of the Tigre Army since July in recent weeks.

The army has decided not to enter Tigray for now.

According to aid groups, the devastating war in Ethiopia has killed tens of thousands, expelled millions, and put hundreds of thousands into a famine-like situation in the Tigray region.

Both sides of the conflict have been accused of committing widespread abuse, murder and sexual violence.

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Source: TRT World and distributors

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