Deputy PM, EU Envoy Hold Talks over Current issues in Ethiopia, GERD

ADDIS ABABA – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen discussed current issues in Ethiopia with Annette Weber, European Union Special Representative for the Horn of Africa, on Wednesday.

Demeke briefed Weber about the positive steps that the federal government has taken so far to achieve lasting peace in Ethiopia, the Ministry of foreign affairs (MoFA) said in a statement.

Rather than reciprocating the government’s peace efforts, he said the TPLF chose to attack the Afar region afresh, killing and displacing many people and destroying infrastructure.

The EU and the International Community should hold the TPLF accountable for its wrongs in Afar that further hindered the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Tigray region, Demeke told the envoy.

The Special envoy, on her part, expressed appreciation for the positive measures the government has taken to give peace a chance, said MoFA.

Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry also said Demeke and Weber conferred on the peace efforts of Olusegun Obasanjo, African Union envoy for the Horn of Africa, and the tripartite talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

“In this regard, they noted that the peace efforts of Obasanjo and the trilateral negotiation over the dam under the auspices of the African Union need support for successful outcomes”, MoFA said.

The discussion also touched upon the severe drought in the Somali and Oromia regions of Ethiopia and on the need for the humanitarian agencies to accelerate support to affected people.

“We’ve agreed on the urgency of providing expedited & extensive support for people affected by drought,” said Demeke in a message posted on his Facebook page.