Negotiation between Ethiopia and TPLF by excluding other political forces in Tigray ‘futile’ say three opposition parties in Tigray

Tigray

Three opposition parties in Tigray (Tigray Independence Party, Salsay Weyane Tigray, National Congress of Great Tigray) released a statement on Friday October 15, 2021 praising President Biden’s Executive Order and EU’s Move for Action.

The statement reminded that a year-long genocide has been committed on the people of Tigray by Ethiopian government and allies and the international community shall recognize it and properly name it.

The parties expressed their frustration with the international community’s inability to take a ‘meaningful action’ to stop the genocide on Tigrayans, expressing their optimism with the latest initiatives by the USA and EU.

The parties warned that any negotiation regarding the war shall involve all political forces in Tigray, and that any negotiation that takes TPLF as a ‘sole representative of Tigray’ is “futile attempt”. They said that “this war is a war between the genocidal state of Ethiopia and the people of Tigray, a people fighting for survival”, and that all political forces in Tigray need to be involved.

Beneath is the full text of the Letter.

We, the undersigned, opposition parties in Tigray would like to express our appreciation of President Biden’s executive order, which, we hope will help bring the genocidal Ethiopian state and its cronies to a negotiation table. We also appreciate the EU’s move to take action with the same intent as the US government. Ethiopia’s genocidal war on Tigray has been underway for almost a year now. Despite this, the world has not been able to take any meaningful action to stop it. Though we remain bewildered about this, we believe any action to stop the genocide should begin by recognizing the crime by its proper name. We therefore call up on the international community to recognize the genocide in Tigray and act accordingly.

We are witnessing that initiatives to stop the war in Ethiopia are trying to do so by engaging with the TPLF from Tigray and the genocidal state of Ethiopia and its cronies. The underlying presumption here is that the war is between TPLF and Ethiopia. We strongly oppose this view and would like to state clearly that this war is a war between the genocidal state of Ethiopia and the people of Tigray, a people fighting for survival. Hoping to get a solution fo the war in Ethiopia through a negotiation between TPLF (with out other Tigrayan political forces ) and Ethiopia will be a completely futile attempt. Thus, we request that any initiative for a negotiated peace should involve all political forces in Tigray.

Signatories of the Statement:

  • Tigray Independence Party
  • Salsay Weyane Tigray
  • National Congress of Great Tigray

 

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