President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Wednesday held a meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen Hassen and his delegation at Gulu State Lodge over current Trigray region crisis.
Museveni, who ChimpReports exclusively reported was to mediate for peaceful resolution of the conflict, said in a brief statement on his social media page the meeting centered on peace and security currently affecting the Horn of African courty.
“Our discussion focused on the peace and security issues affecting Ethiopia currently. Being one of the oldest countries that was not colonised in Africa, Ethiopia is the pride of the continent,” said Museveni.
Museveni, a strong advocate of Pan-Africanism, noted that Ethiopia is a pride of Africa and any crisis in the country affects the image of the whole continent.
“A war in Ethiopia would give the entire continent a bad image,” said Museveni.
The president stated that concentration on Ethnic inclinations is taking its toll on the continent, something that should quickly be addressed with the focus on unity.
“Africa’s problem is that we never discuss ideology, focusing so much on diplomacy. I totally disagree with politics that focuses on ethnic federalism,” he said.
“We must emphasise the issue of oneness and common interests because it is the only way we can prosper.”
Thousands of Ethiopian refugees have continued pouring into Sudan, escaping a worsening conflict that has spilled over Ethiopia’s borders and threatens to destabilise the wider Horn of Africa region.
The Tigray conflict is an ongoing conflict that began in November 2020 in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia, between the Tigray Region special forces led by Tigray People’s Liberation Front and the Ethiopian National Defense Force, in alliance with the Amhara Region special forces. It has since spilled over into the neighbouring Eritrea.
The United Nations refugee agency said on Sunday that more than 20,000 people have crossed into Sudan from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, where federal government troops are battling forces loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the party of the regional government. Sudanese state media put the number of refugees at almost 25,000.
Museveni has advised that, immediate negotiations must come into place to see to it that the war is not prolonged as it might lead to massive loss of lives and dwindling of the economy.
On Saturday rocket attacks were reported in Gondar Airport in Ethiopian Amhara region, which was slightly damaged, and Bahir Dar Airport, with the TPLF claiming responsibility. Getachew Reda, the TPLF’s spokesman, claimed that the rebel government would soon “conduct missile attacks to foil military movements in Massawa and Eritrean capital Asmara.
The federal government claimed that the attacks were “indicative of TPLF’s last resort attempts to maintain control”. Federal Government in Addis Ababa disputed the claims saying the attack on Bahir Dar airport failed, as the target was missed.
TPLF commander told Associated Press on Sunday that his forces fired missiles in the Eritrean capital, Asmara. There were reports that the missile struck the Ministry of Information and Asmara International Airport.