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Political parties agree to conduct upcoming dialogue without mediator

April 10, 2017 8:34 pm Published by


After eight rounds of talks, the national political parties of Ethiopia have agreed to conduct their upcoming dialogue without the involvement of a third party mediator.

During the discussions held in seven rounds for the past four weeks, more than 10 parties, including the ruling party, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) suggested the needlessness of a mediator.

On the other hand, six political parties, including All Ethiopia Unity Party (AEUP), proposed the dialogue to involve a third party.

Following these differences, the parties ended their seventh-round talks without accord and deciding to deal on the issue in their eight-round talks.

Accordingly, in their eight-round meeting today, the parties reached an agreement to hold the dialogue without the involvement of an intermediary.

The parties also agreed to hold the dialogue behind closed door and dispatch results of the dialogue for media.

The dialogue will be held at the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) and the government will cover the spending during the dialogue.

The parties also agreed to prepare a directive which allows local and external observers to observe the dialogue.

Based on the modality approved today, political parties who want to hold dialogue with the ruling party will be welcomed.

The parties ended today’s session to meet on April 19, 2017 to select mediators and approves minutes of the eight-round dialogues.  Source  ( FBC)

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