PM Calls on Elders, Religious Leaders to Stand with Gov't to Resolve Conflict Featured

17 Sep 2017
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Addis Ababa September 17/2017 Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn called on community elders, tribal and religious leaders to stand in with the government to resolve the conflict between Oromia and Somali regional states.

While discussing with the elders and leaders on Saturday at his office with the presence of presidents of the regional states, the Premier urged them to stabilize the communities.

The Premier said that the government has set a direction to solve the problem.

"Main roads that cross the regional states will be guarded by the federal police; security forces of both regional states will withdraw from the conflicting areas in order to resolve the problem quickly" he said.

In addition, the federal government will engage in disarmament of weapons in the area of the conflict.

 The government will also bring individuals who are responsible for the death and displacement of people.

Moreover, the government has deployed members of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission the areas of conflict to investigate human rights violations.

In this regard, the Premier urged the the community elders and tribal and religious leaders to support the government in its efforts to investigate the situation.

Based on this assessment, the government will take measures and bring the responsible individuals to justice, he said.

Regarding media outlets, which disseminate information that add fuel to the fire, the Premier said the government will take measures.

Expressing his deep sorrow over the death of people, Hailemariam said that the government will do its level best to rehabilitate the displaced people.  

The elders and religious father on their part expressed commitment to work in collaboration with the government restore peace.

The conflict between the two regional states has led to the death and displacement of people.

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