Oct 09, 2017

Ogaden: ONLF Calls for Peace, Unity and Harmony Between Somali and Oromo Peoples.

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The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) condemns the ongoing violence between Somali and Oromo in Ethiopia. The ONLF claim that hostility has been orchestrated between the two nations in an attempt to weaken their struggles for self-determination, rejecting the narrative of conflict arising out of land disputes. Given this, the ONLF condemns the Ethiopian government’s action in instigating aggression and calls for both parties to cease hostilities immediately and to live side by side peacefully as has been the case for centuries.

Below is a press release published by the Ogaden News Agency

TPLF regime has created deadly conflict between Somali and Oromo nations in Ethiopia. Hundreds of innocent civilians have been reported dead and many others have been displaced.

The cause of the conflict is not about land dispute as the regime and its puppet administrations claim.

The TPLF regime in Addis Ababa has been working to instigate violence and hostility between the two fraternal nations by using the puppet administrations in Somali and Oromo regions. The purpose of this action is to weaken the struggle of these nations and to divert them from their strategic goals.

The regime in Addis Ababa is well known for creating conflicts and hostilities between nations in order to redirect the attacks from freedom and democratic organisations and diminish the effects of the countrywide people’s uprising against the minority TPLF regime.

Somali and Oromo nations are under TPLF rule and they fight for their rights, they have a long history of cooperation and coexistence. Therefore, both nations are reminded to understand that this violence has been instigated by the TPLF regime to thwart their struggles to achieve their goals and thus, to sabotage the popular uprising in many parts of Ethiopia.

Therefore, ONLF calls upon Somali and Oromo nations to stop immediately this hostility between them and to respect each other and live peacefully side by side as they used to be for centuries.

ONLF also calls upon political organisations, civil society organisations and intellectuals of both nations which are against the divide and rule policy of TPLF to work hard toward easing of the fighting and the hostility.

ONLF strongly condemns the Ethiopian government for creating hostility between neighbourly nations and calls upon the international community to make the TPLF regime accountable for war crimes and the crimes against humanity.

Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)