Despite Improvement, Security in Eastern Ethiopia Neighboring States Remain a Challenge

Featured picture: partial view of participants of the eastern Ethiopia neighboring states security council meeting

Addis Abeba, August 02/2019 (Addis Standard)– Despite encouraging improvements, peace and security in eastern Ethiopia neighboring states remained challenged by a host of factors. This was disclosed at a conference by the security council of eastern Ethiopian regional state which opened yesterday in Harar city of Harari regional state, one of the states in eastern Ethiopia.

According to a report presented at the conference by Colonel Mengesha Fentaw, operations chief of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) eastern command division, indicated that due to coordinated efforts of all security apparatus in the area, encouraging results have been registered in the fight against violence, break down of rule of law, contraband as well as humans and arms trafficking in the regions. These are factors largely believed to have contributed to the severe violence in eastern Ethiopia, which have caused the death of hundreds and displacements of more than 1.2 million civilians particularly between 2016 and 2018.

But in the last two months, coordinated efforts by regional and federal security apparatus resulted in the seizure of several types of 674 illegal firearms and more than 28, 000 ammunition; the return of more than 12, 000 households of internally displaced persons; as well as return to their homes of 2, 894 people who were on their ways to be smuggled via the eastern front borders, the colonel’s report said, encouraging results were also registered in preventing contraband and money laundering.

However, robbery, particularly in urban areas, non-state structures, land grabbing, illegal housing, religious fundamentalism and contraband remain a challenge in the neighboring regional states. Eastern Ethiopia neighboring states are Oromia, Somali, Afar, and Harari regional states as well as Dire Dawa chartered city administration.

More works are being done to put preemptive measures in place in order to prevent contraband and money laundering in particular, Colonel Mengesha said, adding additional emphasis should be given to the lower level state structures in these regional states.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Ordin Bedri, president of Harari regional state, said his region was still besieged by lack of rule of law, illegal land grabbing and housing, which should be tackled vigorously.

Yesterday’s conference by eastern Ethiopian neighboring states security council is the fourth such conference in the last one year and was attended by members of the federal army, including the eastern command division, members of the federal police, regional security officials, senior leadership of the four regional states, Dire Dawa chartered city, and religious leaders among others.

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  1. Country can not exist in fictional state. There is no national army for the country. What we have are armed malatia from amhara and tigre and oromo. There is no one soldier from somali ethnic although somali live and own largest regional state in the country. It was systemic descrimination and subjugation from the day one of melelik defeated sheikh abdulahi and taken over somali territory harar by force. Harar was overtaken by none somali community and majority of the population are oromo now because their work force occupying army. Unless mericle happens dirdawa on verge of total occupation amhara and oromo.
    We need national army owned and part of every ethnic group. It should quota based according size of population and size of the region. Otherwise we can not have stable country.


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