Counselor Kevin Sullivan gets more power in US Embassy as the Somalia situation worsens – By Ethio-Zagol and Meqdela

May 3rd, 2007 Print Print Email Email

The political and Economic Counselor of the US Embassy in Addis Ababa, Kevin Sullivan, (more…)

The political and Economic Counselor of the US Embassy in Addis Ababa, Kevin Sullivan, has become the single most important figure in Ambassador Yamamoto’s leadership, even eclipsing the influence of the Ambassador himself in Ethiopian political issues. The Ethiopian staffers in the embassy call him “the Deputy Ambassador”, in reference to his growing power.

His assistants say he is a hard-core realist who shows distrust to values like human rights as the center of cooperation between states. His convictions have led him to support the Meles administration even though there is open acknowledgement by key embassy officials that Ethiopia’s bad human rights record is indefensible. “He is from the old school, obsessed with security and economic interest in the Horn of Africa; and he believes that the only power in Ethiopia which can guarantee that is the Meles administration,” a US embassy staffer said.

Although Ambassador Yamamoto has since his arrival tried to press the release of political prisoners in Ethiopia, the Somalia war has complicated the situation with diplomats like Mr. Sullivan, insisting on the policy of appeasing the Meles administration. “His views are clear. He thinks as long as the Ethiopian government continues to act as the proxy of US interests in the Horn of Africa, the Americans should staunchly support it, “the staffer told me.

The counselor has looked a little shaggy in the last few days, working punishing hours. Shiro Meda insiders claim that the Somalia war and the insurgency have made embassy officials stand on their toes. One insider thinks the whole issue has given diplomats like Mr. Sullivan an upper hand in the embassy’s little internal politics. “They don’t want to call it an insurgency. They label it with less flattering terms as opportunistic violence; but the truth is they are unsettled by it. They think their only option is to stand with Meles whatever he does. That is why Mr. Sullivan is getting more and more de facto power and ears from the embassy and the State Department” He said.

Mr. Sullivan also thinks US Congress Representative Donald Payne’s new bill is damaging to US interest in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. Insiders say that embassy officials believe that there is an inevitability that the bill will pass in the House of Representatives this time as its introducer, Donald Payne, has a good working relationship with the speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi.Mr. Sullivan was so unhappy about the developments in US congress that he was even heard criticizing the visit here of Ted Dagne, Africa Specialist at the Congressional Research Service.

  1. amare
    | #1

    Thank you Abugida

    Last time I was comment about the dressing of Yemisirach Abebe. I appreciate for the improvment of your dressing which keeps the manor of ethiopian culture. Really I encourage you to keep it more better.

  2. dinka
    | #2

    So,the new thing looks like we have to please Mr.Sullivan over the integrity of human right advocacies; this news even highlighted Sullivan(White-Republican)thinks the new bill(Doanlad payne)will damage the US interest (the interest of BUSH & Melles);it is getting clearer the more Ethiopia wants democracy the more she would get punished.Now we Ethiopians seen the light we must stand up and fight like Martin Luther king in America,Gandi from India and many martyers from Africa to latin America Asia to the Carribeans.WE Ethiopians better put up our best fight and go down to history like Abuna Petros.(YOU can listen Abuna’s story on Abugida’s poems section written and read by Laureate TSEGAYE G.Medhin) believe me it is timely.

  3. fish
    | #3

    What do you think about the present world and the US foregn policy right now. Venzuela left the world bank and the scandaled chair man of the world bank who advocated transparcy and anti coruption found stealling through his girl friend, by the way he was defence minster and he was the hard core supporter of the Iraq war. EU want him to resign but Bush blindly support him and there is no surprise if this so called Sulivan got support from republican. They have to use their last energy befor they are gone republican and their mischives.


  4. Mussa Ghedi
    | #4

    The reality of the US foriegn policy has always been concerned American interest first at any cost. For the US administration its citizens’ interest mean very little or nothing. Any regime that would appease US interest will remain an allay and will be rewarded generously; i.e. irrespective of its human rights abuse, corruption and bad governance in general.
    That is,I beleive, one of the sadest realities why under-development and poverty has become our chronic problem. Americ has never and will never care whether Ethiopia reduces poverty enjoy a democratic and fair goverenance. But we still need America and America needs us and the task should be to win them to your side at any cost without losing your integrity and intellegence.

  5. Ethiopian
    | #5

    What do you expect from Sullivan? Short sighted government represenatives such as him are harming not only the US but also the world.

    We need to continue teaching Ethiopians to know who is who when it comes to their interest!

    Give people like Chavez a chance than a Yankiiiiiiiiiii!

  6. fish
    | #6

    Ethiopian i supoert your view i think it is time for a change and i don’t agree with Musas last statment i will quote”we still need America and America needs us and the task should be to win them to your side at any cost without losing your integrity and intellegence.” America is not an easy opponent to the developing world not onl Ethiopia.

  7. fish
    | #7

    This for Mussa’s opinion in a friendly manner though.

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