OPEN LETTER TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE, August 8, 2013 – Imru Zelleke

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August 8, 2013

The Hon. John F. Kerry
Secretary of State of the United States of America
2201 C Street, NW
Washington DC, 20520

I would like to present you my sincere compliments for the strong commitment you have made to solve the difficult problem of the Palestinian and Israel conflict, which may be key to the general instability that prevails now in the Middle East.

I am writing this letter to bring to your attention the serious political and social crisis that is developing in Ethiopia and the area of the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia with the second largest population in Sub-Saharan Africa has an important geo-political position that encompasses the Red Sea, the Arabian Peninsula, the Indian Ocean and in general Africa and the Middle East. It is also a repository of two major Religions, Christianity and Islam, whose adherents have cohabited the land for over 1300 years, and have shared common sacrifices and struggles to maintain the freedom and independence of their country Ethiopia.

In the past two decades , for reason deemed to be of US national interests, the ruling regime in Ethiopia has enjoyed the unbound political and economic support of the United States, in spite of its blatant violations of human rights, lawless governance, unmitigated corruption and overall misdeeds with complete disregard to the very principles that the US advocates. The regime’s flagrant interference both in Christian and Muslim religious affairs has created rifts and contentions amongst the religious communities. In the past the regime was boasting to have broken the back of the Orthodox Christianity with similar terrorization of innocent civilians; at this moment, in the guise of an unproven terrorist activity, it is conducting indiscriminately a most vile campaign of terror, mass arrests, killings and tortures against the Muslim Community in Ethiopia.


For the United States policy makers neither economic development nor any strategic interests can justify such unlawful and criminal behavior, without incurring an expansion of such kind of crisis in other areas; nor should the US must be viewed as accomplice to this kind of foul play. In view of the important political and strategic importance the United States gives to Ethiopia and the area of the Horn, I would like to suggest that immediate measures be taken to alleviate the present dangerous situation and bring a legitimate democratic rule to the country. It is time for the United States to stand with the people instead of supporting armed criminal political regimes.


Imru Zelleke
(Ambassador of Ethiopia Ret.)

  1. Gragn Ahmed
    | #1

    real patriotism.

  2. yegermal
    | #2

    Ambassador Imiru, you as one of the founders of Moresh claiming that genocide is being committed on Amharas and others,but in your letter you
    didn’t mention it at all. what a pity!

  3. Robele Ababya
    | #3

    The shockingly irresponsible brutal action taken by the TPLF warlords deserves condemnation in the strongest terms. The Woyanne regime in power is determined to ruin the relatively amicable and mutually tolerant relations between Christians and Muslims that existed for the last 1434 years; peaceful coexistence is indispensable given the geographic location of Ethiopia as an island in the sea of Islam. The destructive policy of the ruling repressive regime must be stopped through peaceful,united and coordinated struggle of the entire people of Ethiopia.

    It is immoral and certainly not in the best interest of the USA as leader of the free world to be on the wrong side of history through its continuing to provide financial, material, military, and financial support to a genocidal TPLF regime for the last 22 years.

  4. Anonymous
    | #4

    Thank you sir for writing this open letter in behalf of all peace loving Ethiopians who are living in and outside of Ethiopia. If the United States govt. doesn’t believe, what Ethiopians are saying about the TPLF injustice, all the US govt. have to do is visit the countless number of noncriminal Ethiopian prisoners that are locked up and rotting in cold rat infested prisons and also investigate the bank accounts of TPLF that is stolen and stashed in banks around the world.

  5. damajja
    | #5

    Admit it! Meles Zenawi, the dead robber is locked in his coffin for life.

    In 1991, the robbers entered Ethiopia via invasion with a lot of guns and bullets to loot and murder Ethiopians. Today, everything and anything that is available below and the above the lands is owned, controlled and run by these very same robbers whose existence depends on the blood of their victims and the resources they loot.

    Unaccompanied and unescorted either by loved ones or cadres, the daughter of the dead robber, Semehal Meles Zenawi hauled $5 Billion into a cash depot. When the dead robber’s daughter returned home, she was received with a bouquet of flowers and had kisses planted on a forehead; she then was cheered by all members of the crime family.

    Dead or alive, the dead robber shall stand trial and face the awaited justice; so will the rest of the living-dead Bandas and Askaris. The robbers’ plan involves grand project, Trans-world pipeline across the world to push in a stolen cash flow between $100 and $150 Billion for the next 25 years.

    All Ethiopians, fight the enemy tooth and nail and smash it to its complete defeat before these robbers leave our country and people into millions of pieces. The family of the dead robber, Meles Zenawi has accumulated $15 Billion in its bank account robbed off our country.

    Death to the robbers!!!

  6. አባ ጦቢያ
    | #6

    ከወያኔ መገላገል ለሚፈልጉ ለተለያዩ ጎራዎች ሁሉ!- አንዲትና አንዲት አማራጭ ነው ያላችው. የዘር የኃይማኖትና ትግሩም-የለሽ አጀንዳዎቻችውን ችላ ብላችው በ“ኢትዮጵያ ትቅደም” መርሕ ግንባር ፍጠሩ. በበነጋታው ወያኔ ወደ ትግራይ ክልሉ ሳይሆን ወደ ትግራይ ክ/አገሩ ይፈረጥጣል.

  7. Kato
    | #7

    Dear All,

    please take a look at this article that was published a few weeks ago by PRI with the title “Ethiopia rethinks the model family”

    It needs to be commented on since the reporter seems to be a little naive about the usage of contraceptives, possibly sterilization activity that is going on around Addis Zemen.


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