Ethiopia's Foreign Affairs Head Reports on Failed US Congress Resolutions

Ethiopia's Foreign Affairs Head Reports on Failed US Congress Resolutions Workeneh Gebeyehu

This week on Thursday, April 4, 2017, Ethiopia's Minister of Foreign Affairs told the country's Parliment, in his report, that two resolutions which would have an adverse and damaging effect on Ethiopia have failed to pass in the United States Congress.  Workeneh Gebeyehu (Ph.D.) is completing his 6 months as the foreign affairs head, a position which he has held since the cabinet reshuffle following a year of unprecedented unrest in the country. 


One of the two US resolutions which the Minister views as deliberately hurtful to Ethiopia is H.Res. 861 "Supporting Respect for Human rights and Encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia." The other US resolution is S.Res.432 and urges protesters in Ethiopia to refrain from violence while calling on the government to halt the use of excessive force, release dissidents and repeal proclamations which ban funding for organizations that investigate human rights. 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs told Parliment that the congressmen that attempted to pass these bills and failed had a mistaken view of the situation in Ethiopia and that the concerted effort on the part of the Ethiopian government to correct this misinformation paid off. In a similar way, the European Parliment's outspoken criticism of the Ethiopian Parliment's had almost caused 3 resolutions to be passed which a widespread effort on the part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was able to avert.

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