Ethiopian general tells diplomats of ‘dirty war’ in Tigray

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(Source: Mail Online, By Afp) – 


A “dirty war” causing suffering for “defenceless” victims is unfolding in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, a general said in a briefing with diplomats last week, according to an audio recording of his comments obtained by AFP.

The statement from General Yohannes Gebremeskel Tesfamariam, head of a task force formed in response to the Tigray conflict, represents an unusually stark assessment of conditions in the region, where Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government asserts normalcy is returning.

“This is a dirty war because it’s affecting everything. You don’t see fronts. The cost is immediately to those who are defenceless,” Yohannes said during the March 11 briefing in the regional capital Mekele attended by dozens of diplomats.

“On the atrocities, rape, crime… I cannot give you concrete evidence, but I don’t think we are going to be fortunate to see that such things have not happened.”

The audio was authenticated by two people who attended the briefing.

Abiy, winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, sent troops into Tigray on November 4 after blaming the region’s once-dominant ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), for attacks on army camps.

A communications blackout made it difficult to verify conditions on the ground for weeks for weeks, though access has improved recently for humanitarian organisations and the media.

The March 11 visit to Mekele was the first time most diplomats had any access to the region since fighting began.

But while many expected they would be able to visit a hospital and sites housing displaced Tigrayans, they were told upon arrival that their stay would be limited to a briefing at a hotel.

Abiy declared victory in Tigray in late November after federal forces took Mekele, though TPLF leaders remain on the run and fighting has continued.

Residents have told human rights groups and journalists of massacres, widespread sexual violence and indiscriminate killings of civilians by security forces.

Aid workers, meanwhile, say the region’s health system has largely collapsed and warn of possible large-scale starvation.

In his comments to diplomats, Yohannes suggested he did not see how a military approach alone would end the conflict.

“I know very few and exceptional conflicts or violence — or fightings, let me say — that have ended only by gun. Very few,” said Yohannes, who formerly commanded UN peacekeeping forces in South Sudan.

He said other “mechanisms” would need to be considered, potentially including negotiations and calls for a ceasefire, though he did not put forward a specific proposal himself.

“I believe this is the way out. I don’t think we will escape this process,” he said.

Abiy’s government has repeatedly said TPLF leaders need to be detained and disarmed.


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  1. Abiy’s government has repeatedly wanted to see TPLF leaders got detained and disarmed including regional forces, TDF.

    Abiy is the most currupted man ever who misused the public budget , public asset , donations from giant intergovernmental organizations to bomb and kill citizens .This grave crime is committed to prolong his stay in power and expand territories of Amhara region.Furthermore, He misused the public funding to kill and subjugate anyone who is against his own political view which I find it highly ridiculous and inadmissible act.

    People are forced to march against their own people and kill them to help a single megalomaniac man to stay in power.
    You can imagine how people are motivated to do any heinous act against humanity in order to secure money and power.

    This is what we were told about Minilik II ,and other royal family of Amhara who were known and famed for their policy of unity by Gun.
    We have a proverb that correspond wit this act : upon its arrival in a strange village as a stranger , not known to the local residents regarding its behavior ,a Hyena requested a hide for him to lie down.

    These Amhara elites have been telling the fabricated story of Minilik II , Zerraayacob(debrebirhane)Fasiledes , and others by concealing their genuine behavior and story of mass a and arbitrary (unjustifiable) killing of many civilians for a superstiious purpose and ethnic cleansing. Upon considering these stories which are fabricated and dessiminated by amhara elites , I have come to a certain likely story that could be potentialy dessiminated by amhara elites in the near future possibly after 20 or 50 years when a new generation who donot know anything about Abiy and Isayas .

    They will surely present them cruel people as if they fight to unite ethiopia and establish a unified orthodox church . probably, 5 months a ago, I watched one man saying Ethiopians should ask forgiveness befoer Mengistu Hailemariam and He should be welcomed to Ethiopia. Yekedimo derge siraat nafakiwoch movement was on the rise recently.

    Therefore, there is no point to disagree with the prediction made above – we have see the attitude for centuries among Amhara elites telling us nice things about Minilik that he is the one who defeated Italians by devaluing the heroic act of Tegarus in the battle of Adowa and so many stories that are not true .

    ጅብ በማያዉቁበት ሀገር ደርሶ ቁርበት ስጡኝ ኣለ ዪባላል ።አማራ ልሂቃን በላይ ሙሰኛ፣ ዉሸታም ፣ ሌባ፥ ጎሳ ተኮር የሆነ የጅምላ ጭፍጨፋ ወጣኒና አስፈፃሚ ላሳር ነው፥፥ በቀረጥ ከተለያዩ ክልሎች፥ሕብረ ብሄራት፥ከአለም አቀፍመንግስታዊ እናመንግስታዊ ካልሆኑ ድርጅቶች የተሰበሰበን ገንዘብ እና ንብረት የገዛ የሕዝብን ለመጨፍጨፍ፥መተኪያ የሌላቸዉ ቅርሶችን ለመዝረፍ ካልተሳካም ለማቃጠል ሕዝብን በሕዝብ ላይ ከማነሳሳት የበለጠ የሙስና እና የወንጀለኝነት ልክ ከየት ይምጣ፧፧ ይህ ሁሉ ወንጀል በግል ቂም ና ቁርሾ ፥በቅናት እና ቂምበቀል የተመሰረተ እንጂ በኢሀዴግ ላይ በሚነዛዉ የዉሸት ትርክት አይደለም፥ ትናንትና ኢሀዴግ ማለት የሕብረ ብሔራት ስብስብ ነዉ እያላቹህ ከሕዉሓት ጋር ሆናቹህ ስትሰሩ ፥አልነበራቹህም እንዴ? ? ሾርት ሜሞሪ ነዉ መሰለኝ፧ ኸናንተ በላይ ጅብ ላሳር ነው፧ መልካቹህን በመቀያየር የእናንተን ነገስታት የጅምላ ጭፍጨፋ የማያዉቅ ትዉልድ በተነሳ ቁጥር ምኒሊክ እኮ ለኢትዮጵያ አንድነት የታገለ፥ጣልያንን ድል ያደረገ ትላቹህ፥የጀግናዉ የትግራይን እና የሌላዉን ሕዝብ የድል ታሪክ ከወዴት አደረሳቹሁት?
    ኢትዮጵያ ያለ ትግራይ በጦር ሜዳ ድል ልትቀዳጅ አይደለም ያለ ትግራይ ያስመዘገበችዉ ለመጣጥፍ የሚበቃ እንኳን ታሪክ የላትም፥፥ በኢትዮጵያ አንድነት ስም የናንተ ነገስታት የስንቱን ንጹሓን ሕይወት ነዉ የቀጠፉት፧፧እኔንጃ ነገ ኮሎኔል አብይም ሆነ ጎንደሬዉ ኢሳያስ የሞቱ ማግስት ለኢትዮጵያ አንድነት እስከ ዕለተሞታቸዉ ድረስ በመቆም የተሰዉ መሪዎች ነበሩ በማለት ስንክሳራቸዉን ሳታስነብቡን አትቀሩም፥ እኛስ አዉቀናቹሀል ይብላኝ ለእናንተ ቁርበቱን፥ለሚያዉሳቹህ ለመጭዉ ትዉልድ፧ ይህን ለማለት ያበቃኝ የተለያዩ የአማራ ነገስታት ታሪክ ሳነብ ያገኘሁት የዉሸት ትርክት ብቻ ሳይሆን ስለ ኮረኔል መንግስቱ በቅርቡ የተሰሙ ዜናዎች ነዉ፥ጅብ በማያዉቁበት ሀገር ደርሶ ቁርበት ስጡኝ አለ እንደተባለ የደርግ ሥርዓት ናፋቂዎች መንግስቱእና ግብረ አበሮቹ የአማራ ልሂቃን (ለአብነት እንደ ለገሰ አስፋዉ ያሉት አረመኔዎች)ግፍ እና በደል እንዳልተፈፀመ በማስመሰል ኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ ይቅርታ ሊጠይቀዉ ይገባል ሲሉ በድፍረት ተናገሩ፥ይህ ከአንድ አመት ያላለፈ የቅርብ ጊዜ ትዉስታ ነዉ፥ ደርግ የወደቀበት ዘመን ፶ ዓመት አልሞላዉም፥ከ ፻ ዓመት በኋላ ለአቢይ እና ለ ኢሳይያስ ሐዉልት ብቻ ሳይሆን ቤተመቅደስ እንደሚሰሩለት እንገምታለን፥ ኸናንተ(የአማራ ልሂቃን) በላይ ጅብ ላሳር ነው ፥ ለዘመናት የናንተን ነገስታት የጅምላ ጭፍጨፋ፥የዉሸት የድል ታሪክ እና የመሳሰሉትን የሀሰት ታሪኮቻቹህን ለማያዉቁ ትዉልዶች እንደ አያ ጅቦ ጆሮኣችሁን (ቁርበታችሁን)አዉሱኝ እያላቹህ ስታደነቁሩን ዘመናት አለፉ፥መጥኔ ይስጣቹህ ፥ We cannot find monstrosity and cruelty people in the scale of Amhara elites !

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