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Religious leaders to the Bahr Dar talks call for inclusivity

Author : | Published: Monday, October 13, 2014

The delegation of the religious groups to the peace talks says the other political parties should be represented in the next round of peace talks in Ethiopia.

The religious groups have released a report saying that the absence of the other political parties in the last session was harmful to the inclusivity of the process

The leader of the delegation to the peace talks, Bishop Enock Tombe, says there was no alternative voice to those of the various SPLM groups.

“We are hoping that, this time they will be allowed; the political parties. And we the churches are working very hard because if we don’t allow them to go like it has happened and then only the SPLM factions are the ones talking to themselves.” Said the Bisshop.

Reverend Peter Tibi, the coordinator of the faith-based groups, said that the arrangement of the accommodation for the stakeholders also limited the room for lobying.

“In Bahr el Dar, the stakeholders were accommodated in different locations and hotel. Therefore, lobbying and advocacy was not enough and it was recommended that all the stakeholders need to be accommodated at the same place for location.” He said.

The report on the experiences of the delegation of the religious groups also says that the last session of the peace talks made progress on the arrangements for an interim government.

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