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Amb Taye briefs Addis Ababa based Africa Ambassadors on current Affairs

State Minister Ambassador Taye Atske-selassie on Friday briefed Addis-based African Ambassadors on current situations in the country, particularly on the recent protests in parts of Oromia and Amhara Regional States. The series of unrecognized demonstrations in parts of Oromia and Amhara had legitimate concerns, Ambassador Taye told the diplomats. He said the legitimate concerns of the protestors were lack of good governance, slow and sluggish government response towards public concerns, and a huge number of unemployed youth. There was also a considerable gap in creating public awareness and consensus with regard to the constitutional federal arrangement and a growing demand for more improved facilities which clearly sprang from the government's unreserved effort in creating strong and demanding society whenever there is a lag in the service, Ambassador Taye said. However, these legitimate questions were taken over by anti-peace elements, he noted; the demonstrations were openly marked with violence and an act of lawlessness which amounted to loss of lives. In both cases, demonstrations were funneled through the aid of social media and other media outlets infamous for pouring extremist agenda, the State Minister added. With regard to the ongoing government efforts in responding to the situation, Ambassador Taye noted that the government is conducting series of peace and development conferences in all regions. The ambassadors on their part commended the government for preparing such briefings which had helped them clearly understand the difference between what the media propagate and the reality on the ground. Ambassador Katendea from Uganda said unemployment is a common problem in Africa but which is always subject to manipulations from anti-peace elements if African governments could not be cautious. Asked whether there was a need for a third part to investigate the situation the State Minister stressed, "The government has constitutional obligation and a home-grown mechanism to carry out an independent, impartial and thorough investigation." 

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