FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Advocacy for Ethiopia (AFE) and the Ethiopian National Priorities Consultative Process (ENPCP)
Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa Conference on Good Governance, Peace, Security and Development.
Advocacy for Ethiopia (AFE) and the Ethiopian National Priorities Consultative Process (ENPCP) have been patiently observing the recent activities of Meles Zenawi and his cronies in Washington D.C. The Zenawi regime has been aggressively campaigning to disrupt the upcoming Conference to be held in Washington D.C. from April 9 to 11. The regime is using various tactics:- including harassment and intimidation of individuals who trace their origin to Ethiopia and sending misleading information about the Conference’s objectives to sponsors and speakers.. In short, the Government of Meles Zenawi is engaged in activities that are incompatible with the diplomatic accreditation that is granted pursuant to the Geneva agreement on this matter. Their activities are dangerous to the Ethiopian American community. They are breaking ethical standards of public diplomacy and information dissemination.
We call upon the Ethiopian Government to desist from these kinds of disruptive acts and contribute to peace and security in the region. We call upon the Meles Zenawi regime to stop fanning discord, and abide itself by international standards. We take this opportunity to thank all those who stood firm, and would like to inform all those that are interested in the positive outcome of the Conference that all the programs are intact, and are getting better by the day. Our sponsors have been adequately briefed. International and out of State participants have already confirmed their attendance and many have started to arrive in Washington D.C. The paper presentations and panel discussions will be accompanied by the screening of a famous film and a traditional Ethiopian folk dance group will entertain the guests. There is something for everyone. For more information about the conference please visit http://advocacyforethiopia.org/ or call 202-386-3037/703-896-6166.
See you in Washington DC!
AFE & ENPCP Joint Organizing Committee for Ethiopia & Horn of Africa Conference.