|Meles dupes Payne with same old, empty, & tired promises |
Friday, 13 Aug 2004 (EDNews) - Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has reiterated that the direction followed by the Ethiopian government to resolve the dispute with Eritrea peacefully, should also get an appropriate response from the Eritrean side.
While meeting US Congressman and member of the foreign affairs' committee in the Congress, Mr Donald Payne, Prime Minister Meles said that Ethiopia will not use force as an option to resolve the dispute with Eritrea. Girma has the details.
[Girma] During the meeting, the main agenda of their talks were the current situation of the Ethiopia-Eritrea dispute, next year's elections and the current food security situation.
While briefing the visiting Congressman about the current situation of the Ethiopia-Eritrea dispute, Prime Minister Meles said Ethiopia, as ever before, will continue with its effort to resolve the dispute peacefully and will not use force as an option to resolve the problem. He said his country wants its stance to get favourable consideration by the Eritrean government.
Prime Minister Meles said his government is making all the required preparation so that it can be free and fair. He reiterated his government resolute stance to hold the election in a free and fair manner, because it will manifest the democratic system Ethiopia is building.
Mr Meles said the efforts exerted by his government to ascertain food security in the country is encouraging.
Mr Donald on his part said that the existing strong relations between the two countries is the result of the agreements reached in the past.
He said his talks with Prime Minister Melees on bilateral, international and regional issues was cordial and fruitful.
Source: Ethiopian TV, Addis Ababa, in Amharic 1700 gmt 3 Aug 04