Friday, April 9, 2010

Comments on Horn of Africa before diaspora group in Washington

Ambassador David Shinn's Vision for the Horn of Africa UPDATE 4/16: At the end of the conference, the organizers issued a statement dated April 11, 2010, titled "Virginia Declaration of the Conference on Good Governance, Peace, Security and Sustainable Development in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa." Although I participated in one panel session at the conference (see the text of my remarks above), I want to be on the record that I did not have any role in drafting the declaration nor do I agree with significant aspects of it. I have been critical of certain EPRDF policies in the past and will continue to do so in the future. The declaration in question, however, makes no effort to strike a balance between constructive criticism and noting progress where progress has occurred in Ethiopia.

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  4. Amb.Shinn,

    It shows great courage and indpendence on your part to participate in the conference.

    Some might want to blindly allign you with the opposition. Of course, you have every right under the sun to allign with any body.

    The problem of EPRDF and its supporters such as AIGA forum springs from this notion that no body should allign himself/herself with any group that is against EPRDF.

    Day by day it has become more clearer that EPRDF does not and will not relinquish power at all. They have made this clear again and again.

    Ethiopians are left with waiting the only true and supereme power who could remove EPRDF from power,i.e. God. And, make no mistake about in a short period to the surprise of every one we will celebrate the Ethiopian freedom from Meles and co.

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