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Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, Chairman
Crown Council Statement on Events in Ethiopia
October 10, 2016 By His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, President of The Crown Council of Ethiopia
Recent events in our beloved Ethiopia have created a watershed which we must seize and turn to goodwill, and an opportunity for dialogue and mutual respect, if we are not to go down paths which are irreversible and which could lead to an unhappy outcome for us all.
We have watched with growing anguish as Ethiopians began to fall into disunity, following the tragic events of February 12, 2016 in Shashamane. Recriminations and blame have been traded from many sides, and yet it is clear that this cannot help. All of us need to be able to now sit down to clarify our positions in an atmosphere where mutual respect prevails and no fear of reprisals exists.
But firstly, on behalf of the Crown Council, I send condolence to all of who have suffered. We mourn your losses, and we mourn that our society should cleave to petty differences when we need to embrace our unique history of greatness in diversity.
No Ethiopians wish ill for their brethren, for none of us have anywhere else to go in life but to be Ethiopian. No matter where we are in the world, we remain brothers and sisters, made happy by the beauty of our different languages, cultures, and beliefs, all joined into the tapestry which is our beloved Ethiopia. It is only when we are in harmony that we achieve greatness. We cannot abandon that reality, whether our feet are on the warm soil of our homeland or have taken us to foreign lands.
There is now no greater strength which we Ethiopians can show but to show restraint toward each other, and respect for each otherís inherent right to dignity.
We have all seen where anger can lead us. Let us sit together again, and talk. Let us again gain comfort from our culture in which disputes are arbitrated by elders, tradition, and customs, because the Crown itself has only one wish: to see Ethiopia harmonious, prosperous, healthy, and with equal rights for all.
We plead for tolerance. We plead that each of the great Ethiopian societies is able to respect and take joy in the achievements and rights of each of the others. For if we fail in this task, then we open our country to exploitation and pressure from those outside our society. We already see these interests gathering against us. In-deed, they add fuel to any fires of discontent which have been lit.
The time has come to rebuild an Ethiopia which gains strength from the unique contributions of each of its Peoples.
We Ethiopians, both at home and abroad, have been blessed to have among us many educated and experienced people. The contributions of our intellectuals, our artists, and elders, are critical at such a vital crossroads in the life of our nation. We call on all to make their important voices heard.
No amount of violence and distraction will help to heal the vexing and frustrating questions. Rather, it will be our collective will for sanity, peace, and dialogue which will sow the seeds for our collective future.
We will not be the generation which sees Ethiopia broken.
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