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Ethiopian PM, the AU climate negotiator left for Copenhagen

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

December 15, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who leads the African negotiating team on world climate summit, on Tuesday left for Copenhagen, Denmark.

Meles, before to reach Copenhagen, discussed in Paris today with the French President Nicolas the challenges the summit is facing. Both they urged all parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to adopt an ambitious agreement at the end of the Copenhagen conference, limiting the temperature rise to 2 degrees.

The Ethiopian Prime minister along with his delegation is expected to voice Africa’s common position on the concerns of climate change at the important UN climate summit.

Leaders from over 110 countries are due to arrive at Copenhagen on Wednesday where they will engage in an intense final negotiation talks.

The African team will participate in the negotiations with a clear understanding of the kind of political leadership required to achieve the best out come possible

With the survival of the planet hanging in the balance, it is altogether fitting that the summit should command undivided attention.

The next few days, where talks will go to climax, will test whether world leaders can come together on an agenda which will really provide for step forward in the efforts to rally humanity behind a practical solution to the challenge of climate change.

Africa negotiating team includes leaders from Ethiopia, Kenya, Algeria, South Africa, Libya, DR Congo, Uganda, Nigeria, Mozambique, and Mauritius.

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  • 16 December 2009 01:46, by Wende Yongaptheeth

    These bunches led by Zenawi, should also talk about the hand over of Africans war criminals such as Al Beshir.

    Africans must be law abiders or else they will not be respected. The African leaders must feed their folks and arrest their criminals whether they are head of states or street criminals.

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  • 16 December 2009 06:45, by Samson Shawel Ambaye

    God be with Copenhagen summit participant leaders. It is insane to attend a summit with friend of Bashir.

    International commuinity is united against criminal Bashir.
    ICC’s most wanted al-Bashir visits Ethiopia April 28th, 2009 Why??????????????????????????????????????????????????

    Ethiopia’s Regional governor blasts ICC’s decision as "madness" 26 April 2009???????????????????????????????

    President of the government of the national regional state of Tigray slammed decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) up on the Sudanese president as insane. Why????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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  • 16 December 2009 10:27, by Time1

    Ethiopian prime minister has to opened his eyes wide in this climate change negotiations in Demnark, we do not want to hear negative news from him, Meles Zenawi he has a big responsibility on his shoulder which he needs to handle with full care and wisdom, to reach reasonable agreement which will not hurt anyone in the long run but benefit all stakeholders.

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  • 16 December 2009 12:18, by solo

    It is very shame to see the very dictator the very climate polluter, deforester the very criminal man and the one who lead genocide in a broader way in human history and called him self Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi leading the african delegates.The delegates lead by this mafia man are only looking for billions of dollar to fill theirs pocket but nothing to do with our Africa continent climate problem

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    • 16 December 2009 18:14, by Time1

      Solo

      I agree with you when you say Meles could be after money rather than a fair deal in the climate change, but give him benefit of doubt.

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      • 17 December 2009 01:33, by Mohammad100

        Dear all,

        How easily Meles Zinaw (THE HITLER OF ETHIOPIA) forget what he did against the South Western Ethiopians of Anuak people: known as the "Anuak genocide" and now with such a clean slate represents the African Nations. Wonder claims never cease to exist.!!!!!!!!!!!!

        "....Two months after the massacres committed by EPRDF troops and Highlander militias in mid-December, 2003, the EPRDF government of Ethiopia continues to deny, minimize and mischaracterize violence that is occurring in southwestern Ethiopia. As documented in this report, there is abundant evidence that members of the EPRDF military forces and their allies—civilian “Highlander” militias—have perpetrated gross human rights abuses and that atrocities are continuing with complete impunity.

        Perhaps the most authoritative eyewitness to the December 2003 massacres, Okello Akway Ochalla, former Gambella Regional President, said on January 1, 2004:
        “The Ethiopian troops and Highlanders who organized and executed the Anuak genocide must bear full responsibility for it.”

        Despite widespread acknowledgement that the killings in Gambella constituted acts of genocide, as defined by the Genocide Convention, the killings have not stopped. Unarmed Anuak civilians continue to be deliberately killed, albeit not on a scale comparable to the genocidal massacres that took place in December 2003.

        Arbitrary arrests, illegal detentions and torture (which all constitute crimes against humanity) are occurring throughout Ethiopia, as documented by international and Ethiopian human rights organizations. Arbitrary arrests and detentions of Anuak people have occurred for years prior to the recent massacres. Reports coming out of the Gambella region indicate that hundreds of people have been arbitrary arrested and illegally detained, and that these people remain under detention, subject to torture. Many acts of torture have already been reported. Forced labor under armed guard has also been reported.

        Numerous reports indicate that summary executions, mass rape, and disappearances continue to occur in contravention of international law. These killings and rapes have deliberately and systematically targeted civilians of the Anuak minority. There is strong evidence that violence against the Anuak ethnic group may be part of an intentional policy of persecution and destruction of the Anuak group, as such.

        As testimonies in this report indicate, extremely serious bodily and mental harm has been inflicted through targeted sexual violence against Anuak women and girls. According to the acts and statements of perpetrators, as recounted by witnesses, sexual crimes have been committed with the intent to destroy the Anuak group. Through gang rapes specifically targeting Anuak females, attackers enunciated their intent to destroy the Anuak as a group, and characterized sexual violence as a means to achieve that destruction.

        An independent inquiry is required to establish whether the actions described in this report were ordered, encouraged or condoned by the Ethiopian government, and whether there was intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a substantial number of people of the Anuak ethnic group. If there was such intent, these massacres should be prosecuted under Ethiopian and international law as acts of genocide. Other serious crimes against humanity have also been committed by the Ethiopian Government against the Anuak ethnic group. There is also evidence that crimes against humanity have been committed by the Ethiopian Government against other ethnic groups, particularly Sudanese Nuer and Dinka refugees in the Gambella region.

        A thorough independent investigation into these atrocities is a priority. The inquiry must begin immediately because of reports that EPRDF military forces are exhuming mass graves and destroying evidence of their atrocities in the Gambella region.

        With 20,000 Ethiopian troops poised on the Sudanese border, ready to cross into Sudan to hunt down Anuak supporters of the Gambella Peoples’ Liberation Force, the situation already has international dimensions and should be placed on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council because it is a threat to international peace and security.

        The specter of genocide still hovers over the Anuak land. Ethiopian troops are allied with highlander militias. These groups are still murdering and raping unarmed Anuak civilians, including young children.

        The government forces responsible for these genocidal acts cloak their intentions as “anti-terrorist” or “counter-insurgency” operations. Whatever the pretext, Anuak civilians living in the Gambella region face the threat of being murdered, "disappeared", tortured, raped, or subjected to other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

        People are not allowed to photograph or otherwise record evidence, either because they are denied access to the areas where most of the killings are occurring, or because they are afraid to carry the images out for publication. It has become increasingly difficult and dangerous for local government and human rights workers to investigate reports of massacres and to publish them. Nevertheless, eyewitness testimony from hundreds of refugees interviewed for this report has established a consistent and systematic pattern.

        The vast majority of the killings in the Gambella region have been carried out by Ethiopian government troops. Those who kill do so with impunity.

        On 24 February 2004, reports from Gambella indicate that Omot Obang Olom, Chief of Security for the Gambella region, ordered Anuak police officers to surrender their weapons. Highlanders attacked two Anuaks with machetes and they complained to the police, who intervened to protect them. Mr. Olom then ordered the surrender of weapons by Anuak police officers.

        This disarmament of Anuak police is an ominous sign, because a similar disarmament of Anuak police in Gambella also preceded the genocidal massacres of December 13 – 16, 2003. It removes an important line of Anuak self-defense against depredations by Highlander militias. Anuak civilians are reportedly now again trying to leave Gambella, despite EPRDF roadblocks.

        Foreign governments know what is happening in Gambella, yet few attempts have been made on the international level to stop the killings. This attitude of apparent indifference on the part of the international community is enabling the perpetrators to continue violating human rights with little fear of censure. Warnings by Genocide Watch, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the Ethiopian Human Rights Council have not been heeded and the human rights situation continues to worsen.

        The killings in Gambella are not inevitable. The Anuak people have the right to live in peace, free from fear. The international press, governments, and non-governmental organizations must not allow the international community to turn its back on another African genocide. The crisis in Gambella is not over; the violence has not ended".......

        Source: Oromia Net.

        May the almighty god bless the souls the Anuak people of Ethiopia, and help the living Ethiopians to hold Meles accountable, and responsible for this inhuman, UN-ETHIOPIAN ACTS OF CRIME.

        Mohammad.

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