Ethiopia

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 30th November 2005.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Conservative, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation in Ethiopia.

Photo of Ian Pearson Ian Pearson Minister of State (Trade), Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Trade), Department of Trade and Industry

We remain concerned about the internal situation in Ethiopia. The tragic events in Addis Ababa and other towns at the beginning of November, which resulted in deaths and injuries, have further deepened the political and social divisions in the community, as well as damaging Ethiopia's international reputation. The people of Ethiopia need reassurance of a peaceful, just and democratic future. To this end, in our capacity as presidency of the EU, we have called on the Ethiopian Government and opposition parties to undertake a series of measures aimed at ensuring a return to peaceful dialogue, and restoring confidence in the democracy building process.

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