To: The Honorable John Kerry
of State of the United States of America
Dear Honorable John Kerry,
We Ethiopians and Ethiopian
Americans residing in Washington DC and its metropolitan area wish to express
our support for the excellent and strong relations that exist between Ethiopia
and the United States of America. Indeed, it gives us great satisfaction that
relations between our home country and the country in which we live in as
citizens or residents, are strong. We, the majority of Ethiopian Americans and
Ethiopians living in this country not only highly appreciate this excellent
relations between the two countries, but also wish to contribute to strengthen
and deepen that relationship. We, in fact, wish to serve as a bridge between
the governments and peoples of the two countries with a view of making the
relationship all rounded and grounded on a solid basis.
We, who are usually silent, but
nevertheless representatives of the majority of Ethiopians and Ethiopian
Americans, also support the remarkable progress that our home country Ethiopia
is making in all fields. We want to contribute positively to that progress.
Most of all, we support the peace and stability that Ethiopia has been able to
achieve within itself, as well as its great contribution and its efforts to
attain peace and stability in a region that strongly needs it. We would like to
take this opportunity to once again express our satisfaction on the excellent
cooperation that exists between Ethiopia and the United States of America in
the areas of regional peace and security.
On the other hand, there are a
few extremist elements in the Ethiopian Diaspora, who are unhappy about the
excellent relations between the two countries and bent on derailing them by any
means at their disposal, including through illegal and violent means. It is in
this connection that we would like to raise our disappointments and reflect our
grave concerns on the actions of a group of people who stormed the Embassy of
Ethiopia in Washington DC on September 29, 2014 and brought down the Ethiopian
flag and threatened the personal security of its diplomats and employees. For
all of us, the flag is viewed as our symbol of ‘unity in diversity’ and the act
of bringing it down is tantamount to its desecration. We are also saddened that
the Embassy’s compound, a symbol of the sovereignty of Ethiopia, has been blatantly
violated. We are also disappointed that the perpetrators of this crime have not
yet been brought to justice.
In this connection, we would
like to raise the following major concerns:
are concerned that those people who trespassed and destroyed Embassy property
are given a free reign to threaten and intimidate Ethiopians here in the United
States. These people are members and supporters of the Ginbot 7, a group designated
as a terrorist organization by the Ethiopian parliament, the representative
body of the Ethiopian people. It is also common knowledge that this is an
organization financed, equipped, and trained by the Government of Eritrea,
which is under United Nations Security Council sanctions for providing support
to terrorist organizations.
are concerned that Ginbot 7 and its broadcasting media outlet, ESAT, have
publicly announced that they will harass and intimidate Ethiopian government
officials, diplomats and their families, and Ethiopian Americans deemed to be supporters
of the government. They have announced that Ethiopians should boycott the
services of establishments such as Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopian restaurants or
risk harassment and ostracism.
are concerned for the safety and security of the Embassy staff and their
families as we are extremely amazed that a group of hooligans are allowed to
storm the premises of the Embassy of Ethiopia in Washington DC.
Therefore, as citizens and
residents of this great nation, we would like to request:
perpetrators of the crime committed against the Embassy of Ethiopia on
September 29, 2014 be brought to justice immediately.
be launched into the constant intimidation being made by members and supporters
of Ginbot 7 and its media arm , ESAT, on American citizens and Ethiopians
resident in this country, as well as visiting High Level Ethiopian officials and
premises of the Ethiopian Embassy and its diplomats be afforded protection from
these lawless groups and individuals.
Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area