President of Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state, Lemma Megersa, has reportedly extended an olive branch to a banned group the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF).
According to a top pro-democracy activist, Jawar Mohammed, Megerssa had called for negotiation and peace talsk with the group currently banned by the government.
“This is a very important step. It need to be followed by concrete measures quickly and concurrently,” Jawar noted before outlining what he expected of the government.
1) Repeal the anti-terrorism law
2) Remove OLF, G7 and ONLF from list of terrorist organizations (none of these organization ever committed act of terrorism)
3) Hold direct and honest negotiation with these organization on terms of return to peaceful political life.
G7 is Ginbot 7 whiles ONLF is the Ogaden National Liberation Front
It is not known under which arrangement the Oromia president is calling for negotiation. The Federal government last week confirmed that it had began talks with an exiled opposition group, the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF).