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HIH Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, President

Statement on the Tragic Events in Ethiopia

His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, President of the Crown Council,

on the 18th of Säne 2011 (June 25, 2019), issued the following statement on behalf of the Council


The Ethiopian Crown, along with all Ethiopians, mourns the tragic loss of life which occurred in our family of peoples on the 15th of Säne 2011 (June 22, 2019), and the animosities and responses these killings engendered.


We should by now have rejected the tool of assassination and armed violence to resolve our internal concerns. The Crown, along with the Ethiopian People, also mourns and regrets the fact that mis-trust and fear continue to exist in our society between some of the great nations which make up our beloved Ethiopia.


It is obvious that we have a legacy of some four decades of distrust to overcome. But we must return to the view all Ethiopians have equal rights and opportunities.


We have, since the overthrow of legitimate governance by the Dergue, been subjected to policies which denied us our collective history and legitimacy. These deprived us of our birthrights in many respects. But a year ago we began the path back toward normalcy, prosperity, and greatness, and we cannot now allow distrust to continue to find a place within our ranks.


The Ethiopian Crown stands ready to help arbitrate, if called upon, to help rebuild the bridges between our Ethiopian peoples and regions. We send our condolences to the families of those killed on the 15th of Sane 2011. Let us ensure that we learn from this tragedy, and ensure that our Government safeguards the equal rights of all Ethiopians.

We are stronger together. May God Bless Ethiopia.



On the Tragic Loss of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302

A Statement from the Crown Council of Ethiopia by its President,

His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie

March 11, 2019 / 2nd Mägabit 2011


We mourn with all Ethiopians and the international community the tragic loss today of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 on its flight on March 10, 2019, from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya, taking with it 157 souls from 35 countries, including Ethiopia. We particularly mourn for, and with, the families of those passengers and devoted crew who perished.


The accident has a special poignancy because of the incredible efforts which Ethiopian Airlines has made to become the most modern and safest airline in Africa.


We know that the worldwide aviation community will learn lessons from the loss of this new Boeing 737 MAX 8 airliner, and that, as a result, the aviation community and the traveling public will ensure that the loss of the 157 people on Flight ET302 will lead to greater safety for all in the future.


God Bless the families and loved ones of all who perished on ET302, and the souls of the departed.


God Bless Ethiopia!



On the Unveiling of the African Union State of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I

A Statement from the Crown Council of Ethiopia by its President,

His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie

Washington, DC: February 6, 2019

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The President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia participated in the unveiling at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa on February 10, 2019 (22nd Yäkatit 2011) of the statue to honor His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, the driving force behind the foundation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the fore-runner to the African Union. Prince Ermias is shown (in the grey suit toward the right of the gathering) at the statue with a number of members of the Imperial Solomonic Family on a landmark occasion, at which the new Ethiopian Government and the African Union publicly celebrated the Emperor.

It is with great joy that we welcome the unveiling during the coming week of the first official statue to the blessed memory of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I to be erected on his Continent since the Ethiopian coup of 1974 (2 Maskarram 1967).

It is fitting that this statue should be unveiled at the Headquarters of the African Union during the 32nd African Leaders’ Summit and in the presence of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Dr Abiy Ahmad Ali. The creation of the Organization for African Unity (OAU), the predecessor to the African Union (AU), in 1963 was one of the great achievements which the Emperor, my Grandfather, delivered to the People of Africa.

We thank the African Union and the Government of Ethiopia for ensuring that this healing event is occurring. It is a sign not only of the resurgence and optimism of Africa, but of the great healing which has begun to occur over the past year in Ethiopia and the regional nations which form a family with Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Crown has never wavered in its belief that prosperity, mutual respect, and unity would return to the lands of the Ethiopian families.

We thank the African Union and the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the consideration they have shown in ensuring the participation of the Solomonic Family in the unveiling of this important icon to our shared history. The erection of the statue also commemorates the tireless and diligent work behind the scenes of those Ethiopians who helped to create the OAU.

We ask for God’s Blessing on this solemn yet joyous occasion, and on those who work for the restoration of Ethiopia’s ancient history and values, and who work for peace and prosperity throughout Africa.

God Bless Ethiopia! God Bless the African Union!







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