The Politically Challenged(Retarded), Zenawi’s Parrot Reacts to U.S. Senators’ Criticism – By James Butty, Washington, DC ( VOA )

January 20th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

A senior Ethiopian official says his government has a responsibility to maintain law and order and would not be swayed by outside criticism. The official, Bereket Simon, an advisor to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, was responding to a letter from four influential U.S. senators to the Ethiopian prime minister.

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A senior Ethiopian official says his government has a responsibility to maintain law and order and would not be swayed by outside criticism. The official, Bereket Simon, an advisor to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, was responding to a letter from four influential U.S. senators to the Ethiopian prime minister.

In their letter, the four senators, including Russell Feingold, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa, warned that U.S.-Ethiopian relations could become more difficult because of the Ethiopian government’s actions against its opposition.

The senators said they were concerned about the re-arrest of opposition leader Birtukan Midekssa and the passage of a law restricting civil society groups.

Bereket Simon, advisor to the Ethiopian prime minister told VOA the U.S. senators’ criticism and accusations are unwarranted.

“If anyone is breaking the law, it’s their problem and not our problem. Ethiopian government believes government has a mandate and an obligation to ensure the rule of law in Ethiopia. So it’s an unwarranted accusation and criticism,” he said.

The senators said in their letter that they were concerned about the re-arrest of opposition leader Birtukan Midekssa. Simon said the opposition leader broke the rules of her conditional pardon.

“First these opposition leaders had been tried and sentenced, and they asked for conditional pardon. Government granted them a conditional pardon which literally means if this person once again transgresses the law of the land, it would be a breach of the pardon, and that’s what she did. We don’t accept double standard here. We believe citizens who don’t have the backing of (U.S.) senators are equal to those who don’t have the backing of senators wherever. She has made mistakes and she has to account for it. Why should we be criticized by the senators?” Simon said.

The letter, dated January 16th, was signed by Senator Russell Feingold, chair of the Senate’s subcommittee on African Affairs. Other signatories are Senator Patrick Leahy, Richard Durbin, and Johnny Isakson.

The senators criticized Ethiopia’s recent law restricting civil society groups. Simon said foreigners do not have the same political rights as Ethiopian citizens to participate in Ethiopian affairs.

“The law differentiates between citizens and foreign-based NGO. Citizens have every right to participate in Ethiopian politics. In fact it is mandated by Ethiopian Constitution. So government cannot put a limit. On the other hand, those foreign-based NGOs who are here because of the privilege that is given to them by the government do not have the political rights to participate in Ethiopian affairs,” Simon said.

He said Ethiopia is not worried about the U.S. Senators’ criticism of the Meles Zenawi government, especially at a time when a new U.S. administration led by Barack Obama is about to take over the leadership of the U.S. government.

“No matter what the times might be, these Congressmen are telling us not to enact laws that are useful to Ethiopia. They are going to put pressure on us because we enacted our own laws. This Ethiopia; it’s a sovereign state. I don’t think any Congressman can tell us what to do,” Simon said.

  1. Tefera
    | #1

    THE RULE OF LAW? MR. BEREKET, YOU WOULDN’T KNOW THE RULE OF LAW IF STANDS IN FRONT OF YOU!!!!!!!!

  2. TARIK YFRED
    | #2

    HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,MR,BEREKET YOU SAID RULE OF LAW
    WHEN THE TIMES COME YOU WILL SEE WHAT DOES IT MEAN RULE OF LAW AND YOU WILL TEST IT.

  3. gutema
    | #3

    AS weknow woyane is trying to hide its criminal activity.But they cannot hide any more behind the curtail ethiopian ppl will dismantill this facist regime soon dill lethiopia hizbyihonal

  4. bitu
    | #4

    WHAT AN IDIOT!

    IT IS EMBARRASSING FOR A COUNTRY LIKE ETHIOPIA TO HAVE A SPOKESMAN LIKE SUCH RETARDED AND DUMB MAN. HOW IN THE WORLD YOU DENY THE APPARENT FACT THAT THE OPPOSITION LEADER HAS BEEN INCARCERATED FOR HER COMMENT ABOUT THE PARDONING PROCESS? DID SHE EVER DO ANYTHING THAT IS AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION?

    OH ETHIOPIA, WHAT HAS GOTTEN INTO YOU? OH ETHIOPIA WHO ARE YOUR LEADERS?

    SHAME, SHAME, SHAME

  5. Free Berutkan Lady Liberty
    | #5

    Bereket ante leba Gondere

    you Gondere always are snake

  6. atuba dolla
    | #6

    Millions things aside,but not the distruction the invading forces brought into Ethiopia, the deception and murder,isn’t it oddly funny that one of the members of the crimefamily,the outlaw, Bereket Simon, the criminal and the scarry devil talks about the rule of law when he himself is the most wanted outlaw and the murderer on Ethiopia most wanted list that he forgets the tplfwoyane-the-criminal organization that he was born into is at war with the nation? Well, change came to America and history was made as billions of people across the globe witnessed it;and was observed delignetly in Ethiopia,as well.

    Berket Siomon can not steal the dream of millions of Ethiopians.For sure, the unwanted illegal regime shall be defeated by millions of Ethiopians and it will be historically witnessed and observed one day in the very near future and people will enjoy reading a new chapter as history is made.

  7. Dinka
    | #7

    Bereket is an Eritrean who happened to grow up in Gonder and by the way his sister works at Eritrean embassy in Ethiopia.No wonder why he is a snake.

  8. | #8

    My fellow Ethiopians, although every living weyanes(remember the only good weyanes are the dead ones) are soaked with innocent blood of Ethiopians, Eritreans, and Somalians Mebrahtu G/hiwot (aka Bereket Simon) leads the pack by far. After reading so much of his remarks I truely believe he is the one leading this great nation to destruction; Legesse may act as he is the “man” but in all honesty the mother of all evil invention of weyane is the bull dog face Membrahtu G/hiwot and for that his days should count down!

  9. ሰላማለው
    | #9

    ይህው እንደተጠበቀው:: ነጭ አለቆቹ መናገር ሲጀምሩ በችኮላ መልስ ሰጡ:: ምክንያታዊ መስሎ መታየቱ ከዚህ የተለየ ሌላ ምን ሊሉ ይችላሉ:: ቸኩለው መልስ መስጠታቸውብ እንጂ ሽባ ስለሆነው ምክንያታቸው ማን ግድ ብሎት::
    ዛሬ አንዳችን መንገድ ላይ ወተን ሜዳ ላይ እየተጫወቱ ካሉ ህጻናት ውስጥ ሶስት አራቱን በገጀራ አናታቸውን ብለን ጨፍጭፈን ከገደልናቸው በኋላ ስለሁኔታው ለመደመጥ እድሉን ስናገኝ::ብዙ ሽባ ምክንያት መስጠት ይቻላል::ሲጫወቱ እየተንጫጩ አላስተኛ አሉኝ :: ታክስ ከፋይ ነኝ ስሰራ ቆይቼ ደክሞኝ ማረፍ አለብኝ:: ካላረፍኩ ነገ መስራት አልችልም:: ስለዚህ ማድረግ ያለብኝን አድርጌያለው:: ይህ ደግሞ ብዙዎች ለፍቶ መኖርን የሚያውቁ የሚረዱኝ ነው::
    ሌላም ብዙ ምክንያት ማለት ይቻላል:: ሁሉም ምክንያት ግን ለራስ መጽናኛ እንጂ ወይም ለጥቂቶች የአይምሮ በሽተኞች ብቻ ካልሆነ ዋጋ የለውም::እዚህ ውስጥ ትክክለኛው ነገር ይህን የፈጸመው ሰው ወንጀለኛ ነው::ገዳይ ነው:: መፈረድ አለበት::
    ለምክንያትማ እንዳሁኑ በገደላችሁ በጬፈጬፋችሁ ቁጥር ቦዘኔ ስለሆኑ ነው:: ባንክ ሲዘርፉ ነው:: የገደልናቸው መኢአድ ወይም ኦነግ ስለሆኑም ነው ባቻ ብዙ ስትሉ ነበር:: ለነገሩ እራስን መሸንገያ ምክንያት መስጠት እናንተ ባቻ ያደረጋችሁት አይደለም ::
    መንግስቱም አናርኪ ፊውዳል ነጭ ሽብርተኛ ብሎን ነበር::
    ርዋንዳ ውስጥም ያን ጭፍጬፋ ያቀናበሩት; ኢድያሚንም;ሙቡቱም ናዚም ሌሎችም ወንጀለኞች ገዳዮች በሙሉ በረከት እንደናንተ ምክንያት ነበራቸው:: እውነት እንጂ ምክንያት እነሱን ነጻ አላወጣም አንተንም ጓደኞችህንም ነጻ አያወጣም:: ወንጀል ሰርተሀል ንጽሀንን ገድለሀል ጥፋተኛ ነህ:: ከአይምሮ እንኳ ወቀሳ ነጻ እንድትወጣ ማድረግ ያለብህ ያለባችሁ ራሳችሁን ለፍርድ ስጡ:: ምን አልባት ይህ ድርጊት ጥቂት አዛኝ ልብን ሊፈጥርላችሁ ይችላል::
    እኛም ሆንን ነጭ ጌቶቻችሁ ጉዳዩን የሚረዱት እንዲህ ነው:: ከናንተ በፊት የነበሩ ወንጀለኞች ምክንያታቸውን ማንም ጤናማ አይምሮ ያለውን ሰው ማሳመን እንዳልቻለ አሁንም የሚፈይደው ነገር የለም ;;
    ባስቸኳይ መልስ እንድትሰጥ በተባልከው መሰረት ትእዛዙን አክብረህ ስላረከው አድንቀናል ምንም የማይል ጥሩ ጅምር ነው:: ለኛ ውጪ ላለነው ከሚሆን እዛው አገርቤት ለህዝብህ አድርገሀው ቢሆን ነጻ ባያወጣህም አድናቆታችን ከፍ ይል እንደነበር በአክብሮት እንገልጽልሀልን::

  10. | #10

    Zenawi’s House Pet is a telling desription of the role of the politically-retarded destructive individual named Bereket Simon. He is embarasing each time he opens his mouth to speak to the foreign media in his broken English.
    The fault is in ourselves, dear fellow Ethiopians, that we have allowed these thugs in TPLF for so long to allow them to do so much damage to our human capital and material resources.
    I say “Tenesa Teramed” – Stand up and stride!

  11. Dagimawi
    | #11

    DEDEB MEHAYIM!!!!
    “rule of Law!!” hahahaha,You will see what a rule of law really means,when you stand infront of the international law for your Crime.

    “MORALE-BIS DEDEB!”
    Endate ayinetu dedeb mehayim ethiopiachin lay bemekemetu new hazene lik yataw.Shekim!

  12. Aleen 7
    | #12

    Shame on you Bereket and your days are numbered.

  13. Kaleb
    | #13

    By the way Bereket is a full blooded Eritrean,living in Ethiopia with a mission to weaken Ethiopians to corrupt and degrade our culture and system. What makes me sad is, the pure blooded Ethiopians are rotting in prison for freedom, while our opponents are in power auctioning our lands and distorying our foundation. We will hunt you down where ever you go, victory is in distance.

    God bless ETHIOPIA AND ETHIOPIANS!!!

  14. Kaleb
    | #14

    Pleas, for heaven sake Bereket is not Gondere, Gondere is Ethiopian as well Ethiopians are Gonderes, who ever said that is not Ethiopian, you are eritrean thug, even if Bereket happpened to be Gondere nothing wrong with that, our problem is with his content not with his ethnicity./

    God bless Ethiopians

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