OLF declares temporary unilateral cease fire with Ethiopia

OLF declares temporary unilateral cease fire with Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, July 12, 2018 (FBC) – The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) has declared a unilateral cease fire with the government of Ethiopia.

In a statement issued today, the Front said “the OLF had for years repeatedly called for a peaceful and negotiated settlement of political problems with Ethiopian government. We have also recently and repeatedly reiterating this call for peace talks.”

However, it said “the OLF’s call for peace did not get proper response for a long period of time.”

According to the Front, the recently Oromo Liberation Front higher delegation led by OLF Chairman meeting with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr Abiy Ahmed is a step forward to resolve the existing political problem.

In order to accelerate the initiated peace talks to a successful conclusion, the Oromo Liberation Front has declared a unilateral cease fire, it said.

“The temporary declaration of cease fire will take us to the final declaration of bilateral cessation of hostilities once for all and conclusion of the conflict,” it stated.

According to the statement, the Oromo Liberation Front instructed its army, operating all over Oromia, to implement the temporary declaration of the cease fire.

Ethiopian rebel group declares ceasefire

(defenceweb)—An Ethiopian rebel group declared a unilateral ceasefire after parliament removed it from a list of banned terrorist groups as part of a reform drive led by the new prime minister.

The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) fought for autonomy for Oromiya region – Ethiopia’s largest – since 1993. It was designated a terrorist group by government in 2008.

“The temporary declaration of ceasefire will take us to the final declaration of bilateral cessation of hostilities once and for all and conclusion of the conflict,” the group said in a statement.

The move comes a week after Ethiopia’s parliament ruled the group, along with the secessionist Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and the Ginbot 7 opposition movement, were no longer terrorist groups.

Abiy, who took office in April, is spearheading a push to shake the African nation of 100 million from decades of security-obsessed ruleHe acknowledged and condemned widespread abuses by security forces, likening it to state terrorism and in the most stunning development yet, forged peace with sworn enemy Eritrea, ending a lengthy military standoff that followed a 1998-2000 border war in which 80,000 people are thought to have died.

In Eritrea’s capital Asmara, the 41-year-old leader said the neighbouring nations would solve outstanding issues by “building bridges of love”.

He rescinded a state of emergency and announced plans to partially open up the economy, including attracting foreign capital into the state-run telecommunications company and national airline.

In another break, the prisons chief was fired last week along with four senior colleagues hours before a Human Rights Watch report detailing torture at a notorious prison and urging government to hold officials to account.

Also on Thursday, the president of Ethiopia’s Somali region said his provincial government eleased thousands of inmates jailed for links to the ONLF, one of the opposition groups unbanned.

“Today, there is no single inmate jailed for involvement with the ONLF. We released all prisoners under this reform drive,” said Abdi Mohamoud Omar, adding prisons were in the process of being turned into schools, hospitals and mosques.

“I am not saying we never made mistakes. We did and we apologise to our people. We need to turn hatred into coexistence and love,” he told reporters, in language mirroring the prime minister’s tone in recent public addresses.

The shake-up by Abiy, a polyglot former soldier and Oromo, won plaudits from Asmara to Washington and has drawn comparison to the 1980s reforms of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

It has also attracted opposition from hardliners in the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the ethnic Tigrayan party that has dominated government and the economy since taking power in 1991.