March 21, 2019

Statement by ODF on talks with the Ethiopian Government

A high-level delegation of the government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and a delegation
of the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) held a fruitful discussion, from May 11-12, 2018, regarding the
reforms currently unfolding in Ethiopia. Pursuant to its longstanding public position, the ODF reiterated its
commitment to deepening and boadening the reforms and democratization process. The government
delegation also expressed its enthusiasm to engage all those espousing nonviolent means of struggle.

Both sides underlined that this discussion with the ODF is the beginning of a wider engagement. Although
much needs to be done, the ODF is encouraged by the government’s recent positive steps towards reforms.
Accordingly, it calls on those interested in contributing to the realization of a truly just and democratic
order in Ethiopia, both inside the country and abroad, to reciprocate by declaring their readiness and
resolve to rearticulate the strategies they have been pursuing to seek change.

The ODF is ready and eager to play its role in enabling all concerned to carry out reforms that would
culminate in an inclusive dialogue towards national reconciliation and consensus. With the aim of
kickstarting this process, an advance team of the Oromo Democratic Front will travel to Ethiopia soon for
more substantive talks.

Freedom and justice for all!
Oromo Democratic Front (ODF)

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