ADDIS ABEBA – European Union, United States, and Japan have condemned instigators of the foiled coup in Amhara regional state which resulted in the death of dozens of officials and Ethiopian citizens.
Officials said the coup attempt foiled ‘within an hour’ but claimed the lives of Amhara state President Ambachew Mekonnen, his adviser Ezez Wasie, Amhara Attorney General Migbaru Kebede.
On a federal level, army chief Gen. Seare Mekonnen, and retired Major General Gezai Abera were also killed during Saturday’s coup attempt.
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs, on Monday called for ”moderation” of all parts of the Ethiopian political spectrum after Saturday’s coup attempt in the Amhara region.
In a statement released to the press, Mogherini called to continue the ‘peaceful and democratic reforms’ underway in the country.
The head of European diplomacy described the events as ‘deplorable’ and extended her condolences to all relatives and friends of the victims.’
She underlined the need for ‘peaceful and democratic reforms in Ethiopia’ and supported the efforts of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his government in that regard.
Officials of the U.S. embassy in Addis Abeba said in a statement released on Sunday that they were “deeply saddened by the June 22 fatal attacks” on the officials of the region and army chief of staff.
“Their senseless deaths are a great loss, not only to their families and friends but also to their nation,” its statement said. “We offer our prayers, solidarity, and deepest sympathy to the families of the victims, those who were injured, and the Ethiopian people.”
The embassy said those who carried out the attacks “deserve no support, and receive our strongest condemnation”.
Similarly, the Japanese foreign ministry too “strongly condemns” the attacks which took place on June 22nd in Ethiopia
It said, “Japan will continue its support for the efforts by Prime Minister Abiy and the Government of Ethiopia to achieve the stability of the country through domestic reforms”.