US Statement Exposes PM Hailemariam’s Lies to the Ethiopian people

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Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, expressed US’s concern over the situation in Ethiopia that unless addressed sooner than later, it could get worse and out of control. But PM Hailemariam told the Ethiopian people how much the US was pleased with the actions his government took to end the violence.

By Keffyalew Gebremedh,

Ethiopia and the United States held face-to-face discussion in New York on September 21, 2016 on the side of the UN General Assembly. The respective sides were led by the TPLF Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and his opposite number US Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

The subject of their discussion was not the usual back-patting and praises. This time there is no way of hiding the dangerous situation evolving in Ethiopia because of popular uprising against the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

The US official made it plain that the situation in Ethiopia is dangerous. In particular she put her stress how much the United States is very concerned about the deepening instability and the violence, particularly in the Oromia and Amhara regions, according to an editorial on the Voice of America.

Ms Thomas-Greenfield criticized the response by the TPLF regime to protests in the country as “intense and somewhat harsh crackdown”. She added:

“We have had discussions with the Ethiopian government encouraging that they have dialogue, and that they open the possibly for press freedom, civil society’s ability to function, and that many of the people who have been put in jail be released.”

Consequently, the Assistant Secretary of State realistically pointed out that the United States believes the situation in Ethiopia “could deteriorate and that the Ethiopian government is aware of that possibility as well.

“We’ve met with Prime Minister Hailemariam [Desalegn] in New York, and we have encouraged him to look at how the government is addressing this situation.”

It is so pathetic that without even feeling how much the United States Government would contempt him and his colleagues for distorting the real gist of its message, the prime minister to whom lies always are a second nature released a new story on the TPLF news agency Fana Broadcasting that pleases his bosses. In that story, he told the Ethiopian people how much the US was pleased with the actions the TPLF has been taking to end the instability in the country.

For me, the way the news was couched, firstly sounded exaggerated and secondly it was intended to please the people in the security and the army’s top brass. Unfortunately, the language rather was saying the US was supporting TPLF killings in the country, instead of the search for stability.

That same day, i.e., on September 21 after reading that news item, I twitted the following:

Actually, what the US had said to the prime minister, whose problems with personal integrity is common knowledge among Ethiopians, read:

“We think,” she said, “it [the Ethiopian situation] could get worse if it’s not addressed – sooner rather than later.”

Any normal person could get a sense of what is happening in Ethiopia, much less a superpower. After all, the United States Security Advisory for Ethiopia this time around is pretty long, extending into February 2017, which is an indication that the US has anticipated that the current crisis would linger, getting worse with every passing time.

The fear now is the possibility of widespread bloodshed in the country, although nothing under the Ethiopian skies is out there to reverse the likelihood of collapse of the most hated and corrupt regime in Ethiopian history.

TPLF’s hands are stained with lots of blood of our people. On this very Monday, according to documentation by social media, there were killings in many parts of Oromia – from Harare to Mendi in Wollega. In Amhara region, it is the same story of killings and abductions.

By the time, the TPLF is down, Ethiopia is likely to have fewer youth than at the start of the popular uprising. That is the extent of the killings and imprisonments everywhere in unmarked prisons and those that get tortured on a daily basis. Many have been cruelly killed and churches quietly report that in Amhara, night burials by unknown people have become common experience, as the TPLF security forces remove the bodies of those they have killed under the cover of darkness.

For now, Amhara and Oromia regions are getting media covers. Of course, it is a deserved coverage, though not enough because these two regions have enormously suffered, continue to suffer and having heroically shown their resolve not to give up their struggle.

On September 13, 2016, I urged the US to cleanse its name and image the alliance with the TPLF has hurt. In that article, I expressed my disappointment with President Obama’s policy, which “While Ethiopia has been in the TPLF hell, he has chosen to close not only the eyes of the people of the United States, praising the murderers. But also he has restricted the rest of the Western world, since no one country could dare take action against the US’s best African ally.”

While I have a sense of the US dilemma in the Horn of Africa, as an Ethiopian witnessing the cold-blooded massacre of my fellow countrymen, I could not help being angry at the US allowing its name to be soiled by the alliance it has forged with the TPLF.

Nonetheless, since the affairs of normal states must continue, we see in the Horn of Africa that the United States is taking measures to ensure its security interests, especially in fighting the Al-Shabab terrorism, at a time when the TPLF is bogged down with massacring Ethiopians and the Mogadishu government is lame duck and like all other African regimes is preoccupied with its power and forthcoming election.

jordanAnd now, I somewhat feel the US has chosen to take the right course of action regarding the TPLF. If you ask my opinion, as I indicated earlier, there is nothing to reform inside the TPLF. Therefore, the only reliable action for the rest of Ethiopians is prosecution of the habitual criminal murderers. This would create for Ethiopians the right condition to rebuild their future and their country the guerrillas in state power have wracked.

As to US interests in the Horn of Africa, we see that Jordan is becoming Horn of Africa’s partner in security matters. Today, for the first time, King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan is in Nairobi on a state visit.

Kenya’s Capital FM indicated the purpose of the Jordanian monarch’s visit, a very good friend of the West, is to hold talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta on security issues among other planned activities.

Recall also that in the third quarter of August 2016, Secretary of State John Kerry was in Kenya to discuss security arrangements for the Horn. I concluded already then that the US has decided to move on, with the rest of the East African nations. In Nairobi, turning to East African states, Mr. Kerry noted:

“And I think we all were agreed, and I know that both the Somali, I know that Kenya, and I believe the Ethiopians are prepared (emphasis added) to work with the United States in order to put greater pressure on al-Shabaab in the meantime.”

One latest regional development is also the increasing opening up for Eritrea, because of which it has been first called from the cold by the European Union and then on a bilateral basis with some individual European nations.

Ethiopians should only strengthen their resolve to see the back of the TPLF, since there is nothing in their midst that is reformable or salvageable.



U.S. Concern Over Ethiopia

By VOA News Editorial,

The United States is very concerned over the situation in Ethiopia, particularly the instability in the Oromia and Amhara regions, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield said in an interview. Speaking in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting, Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield called the response by the government to protests an “intense and somewhat harsh crackdown:”

“We have had discussions with the Ethiopian government encouraging that they have dialogue, and that they open the possibly for press freedom, civil society’s ability to function, and that many of the people who have been put in jail be released.”

In Oromia anti-government protests began in November 2015, and they have also occurred in the northern Amhara region.

Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield said the United States believes that the situation in the country could deteriorate and that the Ethiopian government is aware of that possibility as well.

“We’ve met with Prime Minister Hailemariam [Desalegn] in New York, and we have encouraged him to look at how the government is addressing this situation.”

“We think,” she said, “it could get worse if it’s not addressed – sooner rather than later.”

22 thoughts on “US Statement Exposes PM Hailemariam’s Lies to the Ethiopian people

  1. From 2005-2016, the US gave loud mouth diaspora “concern” statements to please them. They write cute articles, march with every taxi driver and go eat Ethiopian made teff injera. From cleaning Somalia to getting the gim7 leader from Yemen, they will always be concerned. By now, you would think opposition want to be would understand how powerful EPRDF has become. US umderstands, if they dont play ball, China will be happy to provide the soccer field with the ball. The only way out for these twitter lovers, call Adhanom and start talking like a good child. If Asmera is your way out from this point, asking Asgedom or Andargachew would give you hints. Tsbuke Ed’l either way.

    1. wewe what a real athyist y r? Bringing Adhanom VS Andargachewe and Asgedom the person who defunct from G7. Y r very definite when y say tsubke edil! I understand you very well now that seeing the death of innocent people makes y happy. Y people lost yr sense when y put Eritreans into trouble. I advise y from the bottom of my heart to see things positively and come back to yr sense. I never see y being positive.

    2. Of-course u are a Tigrayan, so it’s ur job to be concerned for ur beloved woyane-tigray that only care for Tigrayans only. Without woyane, it means back to quenty picking. So.. That’s understandable sentiqo. ????

    3. I am agreeing with u man. I belive the govornment has to get law and order first in those caios areas before settling any legitimat concern of the people b/s peace is above anythingeelss.
      I have advice to those gloom and dooms day story tellers stay far far away to mama ethiopia b/s you are nothing but sellouts that conspire every evil thing by collabrated with our external enemy. I tell you 1 thing though you can bark for millinia as mach as you want ????

      1. “peace” “gloom and dooms day story tellers”. If you are a real Ethiopian you could have not supported sentek’s idea. What does peace means? I was glad one politician put it like this “so many things have been done but the question of the people are not yet answered”. That is it!

        1. Mr.people you seem so consered about Ethiopian people, but you forget the most victimised people of Africa living in the blackest and hopeless nation of black Africa Eritrea..Ethiopian are doing fine coming out of theirs world known image as a poor country by 11% percent a year…

          1. The forum is for Eritreans! We discuss our burning issue. It is only yr assumption.

            ….people of Africa living in the blackest and hopeless nation of black Africa Eritrea

            …by 11% percent a year.. Ridiculous!

    4. Beautiful Asmara & Addis Ababa · Edit

      People in Ethiopia have stoped to believe the story of the purple donkey and the pink elephant told by the tplf regime again and again for the last twenty five years and their is nothing called external enimey who wish to destabilize Ethiopia it is again about the purple donkey and the pink elephant please try to understand the deep fersteration of Ethiopian’s living under an Appartied regime and you shouldn’t undermine the anger and hate that comes with it, you may be one of the preveleged one but under you their is thousands of poor tigrian who haven’t got anything out of it and ready to be given as a secrifice to the Oromo’s, Amharas,Gambellas and so on to defend the preveleged like you. The external enimey like Eriteria the one we have been told so many times during all these years have become the story of the purple donkey and please try something else if you have a few minutes left but i think the time is over.
      God bless Ethiopia & Eritera

    5. Ata wedi, amhara & oromo, shouldn’t give weight to what us has to say, they should fight hard their freedom, “kemti Eritrawian zebeluwo” b waza, fezaza aykonen metxihyu Natxenetna, kefilnalu ina qanza”, so they should sacrifice, they should die, then sure they’ll get the minor junta death as well.

    6. Woyane are a collection of morons. They can’t solve any issues. The only thing they can is shoot at unarmed school kids, harass mothers and intimidate the weak. If they were smart enough they could have sorted the issues of Wolkait. Why would it matter if wolkait is under Gonder or Tigray? The whole Ethiopia is under their control? Now the issue is gone beyond Wolkait, Finifine Master plan etc? Now people don’t want to see you. No body wants to live with Tigray. Your greed and mischiefs are boundless. To get rid off you, we accept assistance from any one, let alone our brothers Eritrea. Even Egypt can be our friend at this time.

  2. What does being “concerned” really mean? And what does one do, when one is concerned? As far as I know, the feeling of concern is very disturbing and takes a lot of amount of ones time and energy, hence one wants to solve the particular problem as quickly as possible inorder to alleviate the burden one feels emotionally, psychologically or even morally. So, is the US “conncern” genuine based on the above explanation? The answer is clearly NO because the US is not doing anything to alleviate its supposed burden. The opposite is actually true. The US, is giving the mission of alleviating its “concern”, to the one who’s the prime reason and instigator of that “concern”. So how to circle this square? Impossible, except to say that the US is lying to the ethiopian people. They’re buying time for their puppet, in the hope that the puppet will manage to pacify the situation, no matter the human cost. With the media black-out, the puppet has been given free reign to mass- murder.

  3. Woyane-Tigray is finished. This time the Ethio are fed-up with woyane apartheid regime… And they will never back down!! Until woyane-tigray is dead!!

    Woyane is killing woman and children in the streets, like they are nothing, so it’s already assured that. woyane-tigray they will never hold on to power ever again. Rest in pieces woyane of tigray.

    1. Ezi qeman, hemaqat koynom ember, 30 milion konkas ne chefra weyane, qedem mes àlewuwa, ab ketema, ab mieda wetxiqa, amhara gen heji bes dehri rebyi zeben terediuwom..wala Oromo qeman, deqisom nierom izi qullu weyane ketsereq kella..ensh-allah, heji aware iyom zemeslu emo, b qullu kurnaàt, neza chefra mtfa a iyu..

      1. Indeed, woyane-tigray made them believe.. There are enemies that will make them disintegrate. By making up more gossip and stories about ” the Arabs are coming” thru Eritrea blah blah. While its naighbours like Djibouti and Somalia are inviting the UAE and KSA. And so, the Ethio-ppl wer high on PARANOIA provided by woyane, and at the same time they robbed them blind. And the funny thing is when the woyane tugs begged the UAE not to invest in Eritrea., and glad they came to Somalia. It’s all jealousy with woyane-tigray when it comes to Eritrea.. They don’t give a Sh!t about the Ethio-ppl. And now Ethio-ppl woke up from their PARANOIA and realize, when every time woyane tugs are in trouble, they use Eritrea as a scapegoat.

  4. EPRDF is here to stay for a long time to come but Eritrea must stop training and arming Ethiopian oppositions I its soil and send them to Ethiopia. The next front for the EPRDF government is to take on Eritrea on this matter. Everything else is going as planned for the EPRDF government. The Government of Ethiopia just smashed ginbot-7 inside Ethiopia to the core, if you have noticed. The EPRDF government is here to stay because all other alternatives are doomed to fail. Ginbot-7 moved to Ethiopia prematurely and started to act as if it has strong foundation and ginbot -7 has been severely damaged and its operations are under the Ethiopian government control. The last operation by the army and security forces has been concentrating to catch and kill Ginbot-7 operatives and the result have astonished particularly some part of Gonder. The government’s actions were overwhelmingly support by the west given no strong condemnations came from any western countries. Not only had the west done not condemn what the EPRDF government did but also the west countries are happy the government took timely actions to protect civilians from ethnic cleansing planed y ginbot-7 and Eritrea. The only push the EPRDF government has been left with is the task of going after shabia and change the political landscape of that corner where Shabia has been a menace to Ethiopians.

    1. I sense Sentek and Erta are the same. Let me analyze the statement y wrote above. “The next front for the EPRDF government is to take on Eritrea on this matter.” and “The government’s actions were overwhelmingly support by the west given no strong condemnations came from any western countries.”

      There is a proverb in Amharic “yetefesa yegemal”. Whoever y r the main issue here is what are the people need? It is all about poor standard of living. You said even the westerners do not give strong conemnation. Africa is still a dark continent. The bottom line should be how would we solve the problem both domestically and internationally. The lobby done by your government has secured is it 500,000 million fund to create jobs for Eritreans refugees. I feel it is only pushing the real and concrete issues aside without trying to avoid the real problem. “Feyel wedhi kesemese wedeya”. Temporary solution is not good at all any more it will backfire some other time. Listening to the people is the right solution I think.

    2. Hahahahahahaha , iway moite, weyane aytisa’anu! Mistetseregum si kin’nafikekum ina meslena, mesha’ki kinsin ina! Iway! Aye Weyane, mis fetariki tebais’ki nabey ghezki? Wahatiyo dea iti merir hinzi n’Eritra tsihasebkiyo nabaki! Ghena ghena, we are just at the starting point. Sancions, comdemnation etc.. is just a realy make up, nothing less nothing more. You should have learned by now, but you will not because stupidity is in your genetic, you cannot help it. We feel sorry for you 🙁

    3. Hahahahahahaha , iway moite, weyane aytisa’anu! Mistetseregum si
      kin’nafikekum ina meslena, mesha’ki kinsin ina! Iway! Aye Weyane, mis
      fetariki tebais’ki nabey ghezki? Wahatiyo dea iti merir hinzi n’Eritra
      tsihasebkiyo nabaki! Ghena ghena, we are just at the starting point.
      Sanctions, condemnation etc.. is just a realty make up, nothing less
      nothing more. You should have learned by now, but you will not, because
      stupidity is part of your genetic, you cannot help it. We feel sorry for you
      🙁

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