News Analysis: ENDF Chief of Staff discusses current affairs, warns TPLF to drop preconditions to ceasefire


Basic Birhanu Jula, Chief of Basic Employees of the Ethiopian Nationwide Protection Forces (ENDF). Photograph: ENDF

Translation by Getahun Tsegaye @GetahunTsegay12

Addis Abeba, July 21/2021 – Birhanu Julla, the Chief of Basic Employees of Ethiopian Nationwide Protection Power (ENDF), delivered a televised statement on Monday, July 19, 2021 addressing a number of points together with the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), causes behind the withdrawal of protection drive from Tigray and ‘redlines’ that may drive the navy to return to Tigray together with the preconditions set to simply accept ceasefire.

The Basic opened his remarks by congratulating the Ethiopian individuals for the profitable second spherical filling of GERD. “Since its inception, the dam was purely designed to generate hydroelectric energy that Ethiopia wanted badly to construct industries and alleviate poverty, “he stated. He reiterated that the riparian nations, Sudan and Egypt, ought to perceive the truth that Ethiopia was constructing the dam to assist its individuals’s want for electrical energy with out  harming the neighboring nations.”

He addressed the profitable filling of the dam, with out affecting the pure stream of the river, which in line with him was an important achievement to let Sudan and Egypt know the GERD wouldn’t influence them.

He expressed his appreciation for the individuals of Ethiopia who have been serving to the Ethiopian Nationwide Protection Power (ENDF). Gen. Birhanu highlighted that the yr was characterised by inner instabilities that resulted in displacement, and killing of many individuals. “The individuals of Ethiopia, the protection drive and regional safety forces have reached a turning chapter to culminate efforts although future works and hopefully will show profitable,” he stated.

He additional argued that present challenges have been primarily pushed by the Tigray Individuals’s Liberation Entrance (TPLF) whom he known as ‘Junta’, a time period utilized in authorities correspondence to consult with TPLF.  He added, “TPLF is the mastermind behind havoc and instabilities in Ethiopia, it had deliberate prematurely and labored immensely in utilizing its inner mercenaries to disrupt the nation by displacing, and killing individuals. This group has continued its evil acts since then.”

He argued that the federal government displayed persistence in dealing with the state of affairs and additional argued that TPLF who he now known as “the militant group” was beating battle drums, violating the structure, constructing navy energy, difficult the federal government and started the battle after they launched an assault in opposition to the North Command. He defined, “We entered on this battle as a result of the protection drive, which has been defending the Tigray individuals for 22 years, was attacked by the TPLF. We had no alternative apart from battle to set the kidnapped personnel free, return the looted ammunition and management a rogue group.”

Gen. Birhanu defined that carrying out  the aims of their mission equaled withdrawal from the area. He added, “The federal authorities’s resolution led us to remain in Tigray area to make sure the peace and safety of our Tigray individuals and to rebuild fundamental infrastructures that have been destroyed by TPLF., regardless of being accused of being rapists, killers, human rights abusers and assist impeders.“ He expressed dismay on the worldwide neighborhood who he accused of echoing TPLF’s propaganda whereas disregarding the efforts executed by the federal authorities to assist the individuals of Tigray area.

He defined the federal authorities’s resolution to announce a unilateral ceasefire  saying, “Realizing the truth that individuals can not domesticate and function their every day lives in battle areas, we left Mekelle and Tigray. As a result of the federal government is extra accountable than the terrorist group (a designation given to TPLF by the HoPR and used broadly in authorities communications) is. The unilateral ceasefire was determined and we accepted the order to withdraw from the area.”

Gen. Birhanu additionally underscored that the withdrawal of the navy is ‘a value paid for peace’ whereas additionally explaining that the navy wants time to rehabilitate, retrain and reorganize. “We’re strengthening ourselves by the point the federal government gave us.” he stated 

He pressured that the ENDF was prepared to hold orders from the federal authorities. He suggested, “If TPLF worries for the Tigray individuals, it has to drop all its preconditions to a ceasefire and are available to negotiation.” He defined that the ENDF was underneath the command of the federal authorities and carried its orders, he additionally known as on the individuals of Tigray to face in opposition to the TPLF, arguing that every one atrocities have been of its doing. 

The Ethiopian authorities handed a unilateral ceasefire declaration on June 28, 2021 and withdrew its navy from Tigray citing the necessity to let the individuals of the area profit from the cultivation season. The TPLF, which has been designated as a “Terrorist Group” by the Home of Peoples’ Representatives (HoPR), then again proposed seven preconditions to come back to ceasefire negotiations following which conflicts erupted between the Amhara regional state and the TPLF.

Gen. Birhanu concluded his remarks by warning TPLF of extreme penalties if it continued its assault and opted to make use of drive saying, “The ENDF is far more ready, stronger, skilled and nicely geared up. We’re ready for an order from the federal authorities that the individuals of Ethiopia gave recognition for.” AS


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