Ethiopia calls warring parties to make peace
By Kidega Livingstone
The government of Ethiopia through its embassy in Juba has called on all the Parties to the High Level Revitalization Forum to consider the suffering of people and make peace return to the country.
Speaking during the 27th anniversary of the victory of the downfall of the Derg regime celebration on Sunday, Ambassador of Ethiopia to South Sudan Fesseha Shawel said that the agreement signed in 2015 to resolve the conflict could not bring the expected outcome.
He said that all parties to the agreement should prioritize the forum as it provides for a chance to resolve the conflict.
“I would like to call all the parties to the forum to give priority to the suffering of their people and make peace happen in South Sudan a country of golden opportunities,” Amb Shawel said.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) convened the High Level Revitalization Forum late last year in a bid to rejuvenate the 2015 Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS).
Since then, the forum was only succeeded with the signing of the agreement for cessation of hostilities signed in December last year. The last two phases aimed at engaging the parties to reach an agreement on power sharing and security arrangements have so far been unsuccessful.
According to Ambassador Shawel, Ethiopia has been playing its “very neutral role” since the conflict started in December 2013 and will continue to support peace process until peace is restored in the country.
“We have remarkable people-to-people and government-to-government relationships irrespective of the government in Ethiopia, we stood and continued to stand by South Sudanese,” he said.
On his part, the Minister of Cabinet Affairs Dr. Martine Elia Lomuro said the government is committed to the peace process as “the only way to bringing peace in the country.”
He said Ethiopia has been supporting South Sudan until South Sudanese got their Independence in 2011.
Since the downfall of the Derg regime, the history of Ethiopia began inverting upside down. A country known for famine became one of the fastest growing economies in the World. Ethiopia has been known for its civil war now became peaceful and contributing to regional and international peace.
Besides Ethiopia took massive actions to liberate its people from illiteracy and backwardness at the time of its downfall the country had only one University. This time Ethiopia owns about 40 government universities and many privately owned Universities and Colleges.
Hundreds of thousands of students are graduating every year in different fields, the ambassador narrated.