Addis Ababa February 14/2018 Suspects and prisoners, including Eskendir Nega, Andualem Arage and Ahmedin Jebel, have been released today.
They were released in line with the statement the Attorney General issued saying that 746 prisoners and suspects will be released soon.
The prisoners and suspects released from Kilinto and Kaliti correction centers as per the promise of the Executive Committee of EPRDF.
The prisoners were jailed for involvement in terrorism, chaos and disturbances, religious extremism and other crimes while the charges of the suspects have been in due process of law.
All the prisoners and suspects have not, however, were not involved in homicide, undermining the national economy, destroying the constitutional system, and causing serious physical injury.
Addis Ababa February 14/2018 Ethiopia will host the 12th Nile Day Celebrations next week, according to Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity.
Members of Nile initiative countries, Water Ministers of Nile Basin countries, development partners, members of civil societies, Nile Basin Initiative leaders and experts as well as other stakeholders will take part in the celebrations to be held on February 22,2018 .
The Nile Day is celebrated in commemoration of the establishment of the Nile Basin Initiative in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on February 22,1999.
The participants will discuss about ways of utilizing the common resources along the river, challenges anticipated, and the way forward.
A Symposium that focuses on sustainable management and development policies on Nile River will be held under the theme: “Alternatives that consolidate political commitment for successful cooperation on Nile River”.
High government officials, water ministers of Nile Basin countries, and invited guests are expected to take part in the symposium.
Ethiopia, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda are Nile Basin member countries.
Addis Ababa February 14/2018 South Sudanese government expressed its commitment towards inclusivity by accommodating all opposition parties, South Sudanese Ambassador to Ethiopia, James P. Morgan said.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, Ambassador Morgan said South Sudanese delegation has come to the ongoing second phase of the revitalization process with the aim of ending the war.
“We are talking about inclusivity of all the opposition groups weather they are armed or unarmed and we feel that it is very important to include them all into the government in order to stop the war,” he pointed out.
The ambassador said that "we are here to bring a permanent cease fire and to silence the guns in South Sudan second to that we are also opening up expand the government in order for everybody to think so that nobody will feel that it is left out."
“What IGAD has been saying that there must be inclusivity in the government so that all this fighting should come to an end, because in the first place the fight is just power struggle so in order to stop it everybody must be part and parcel of this government that is going to be formed,” he pointed out.
According to the ambassador, the government has unwavering stance to have a room for all parties in the peace process.
“There was nothing difficult especially for the side of the government because the government had been calling for peace all this time and whatever their positions come with the government feel like they have to be accommodated,” he stressed.
“At the end of the day it will be the people of South Sudan to choose,” he noted, and added “but to stabilize the country and silencing the guns they have to be accommodated for a period that will be agreed by all parties.”
According to him, in order to have a comprehensive, democratic, fair and transparent election in the country the whole country must be stable and the government has already accepted the idea of IGAD and other friends of South Sudan to stabilize the country first.
Once peace and stability restored there will be population census which will determine the number of constituencies to be created for all the political groups that are now fighting, he added.
The ambassador appreciated Ethiopia’s overriding role in restoring peace and stability.
“Ethiopia has to be involved because every country in this region is looking towards Ethiopia for example our case in South Sudan there has never been anything that South Sudan has done it without Ethiopia and that is very clear,” he noted.
It is to be recalled that South Sudanese parties are holding the 10 day meeting of the Second Phase of the Revitalization Forum on substantive issues of the Agreement of the Resolution of the Conflict on South Sudan (ARCSS) since February 5, 2018.
Recalling that some of the parties that are taking part in the second phase had walked out on February 12, 2018 accusing the government violating the cease fire.
“They have returned back because the mediators said that if there is any violation this is not the right place to address and it should be addressed by the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM),” he pointed.
Lack of political will from the conflicting parties has deteriorated the country’s situation and 1.2 million people displaced, of which 85 percent are women and children.
It is more than high time for all the parties to adhere to the peace process and address their fellow South Sudanese queries.
Addis Ababa February 13//2018 Parties to the peace process of the Second Phase of the Revitalization Forum on South Sudan have continued holding talks on substantive issues of the Agreement of the Resolution of the Conflict on South Sudan (ARCSS), Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The parties have signed the Declaration of Principles, it added.
The participants have started talks on Pre-Transitional Period and National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) stated under Article 13 of the ARCSS.
It is to be recalled that the parties have made a step forward on issues ranging from the Transitional National Legislative Assembly and the Council of States, the Judiciary to the Transitional Institutions and Mechanisms stipulated under various chapters of the agreement signed yesterday.
They have also reached consensus on Mandates of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).
The Agreement of the Resolution of the Conflict on South Sudan (ARCSS) was signed on August, 2015.
Addis Ababa February 13/2018 Ministry of Foreign Affairs has emphasized the need to strengthen Ethio-Argentine bilateral relations.
Foreign Affairs State Minister Hirut Zemen held talks today with her counterpart Pedro Villagra Delgado on how to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries and cooperation at international forums.
Hirut stressed the need to promote bilateral cooperation in areas of trade, investment, agriculture, science and technology as well as air transport.
Ethiopian Airlines will start a direct flight to Argentina for the first time on March 8, 2018 and would play a significant role in enhancing the relationship among the two nations, she added.
Argentina's Foreign Affairs State Minister Pedro Villagra Delgado said there are important things that the countries can do in the G20 which could benefit African countries.
Argentina reopened its embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2013.