ONLF statement on TPLF's lack of commitment to peaceful dialogue

EthiopianReview.com | November 17th, 2007

STATEMENT
Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)

The Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) led regime currently in power in Ethiopia has been well aware of the Ogaden National Liberation Front(ONLF) policy on resolving the Ogaden conflict through peacefull dialogue. We have maintained that any such dialogue should be held in a neutral third country, in the presence of a neutral third party arbiter of international standing with no preconditions placed on either side.

In that context, recent attempts by the TPLF to utilize the person of Prof. Ephrem Isaac to seek to negotiate on matters that can only be addressed by the TPLF Regime itself demonstrate the lack of commitment of this regime to engage in serious diologue in order to reach a comprehensive and just political settlement on the Ogaden conflict.

The ONLF would like to make clear to the TPLF regime that we will not meet with or negotiate with Prof. Ephrem Isaac as he is not a government official and has no recognized authority nor the ability to affect circumstances on the ground in Ogaden.

The TPLF regime continues to execute a campaign of terror against our people and has shown no sign of seeking a peaceful solution to the Ogaden conflict.

Despite this, our door remains open to enter into discussions with the TPLF regime in the context of our long standing policy for dialogue.

Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)