Joint Declaration Between the FDR of Ethiopia and The ONLF

Joint Declaration Between the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia And The Ogaden National Liberation Front

Delegation from the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) and the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) met on 21 October, 2018 in Asmara, Eritrea.

The Ethiopian Government delegation was led by H.E. Workneh Gebeyehu and the ONLF delegation was led by Admiral Mohamed Omar Osman.

The government delegation included the Ethiopian Minister of Finance, H.E. Ahmed Shide and the President of Somali Regional State, H.E. Mustafa Muhumed Omer. The ONLF delegation included Secretary General, Hon. Abdirahman Mahdi, Foreign Secretary, Hon. Ahmed Yassin Abdi and Finance Secretary, Hon. Ibado Herse Hassan.

Affirming to uphold all the political rights enshrined in the Ethiopian Constitution and recognizing the need to address the root cause of the conflict, both parties hereby agree:

  • To end hostilities towards each other;
  • That the ONLF shall pursue its political objectives through peaceful means, with assurances that the FDRE will respect and uphold the provisions of its Constitution;
  • To establish a joint committee to further discuss substantive issues pertaining to the root causes of the conflict in the region through continuous engagement inside the country.

This declaration was done in Asmara on 21 October 2018

Ethiopian Government and ONLF sign peace agreement

Asmara, 22 October 2018- The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) signed peace agreement on 21 October in Asmara.

The agreement included that the two sides end hostilities towards each other, that the ONLF to pursue its political activities in Ethiopia through peaceful means as well as to establish joint committee to further discuss substantive issues.

The document was signed by Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, on the Ethiopian side and by Admiral Mohammed-Omar Osman, Chairman of ONLF.

Indicating that the ONLF has been conducting armed struggle for 34 years, Dr. Workneh said that the decision it made to pursue its political activities inside the country through peaceful means is historic.

The Chairman of the front, Admiral Mohammed-Omar on his part said that they reached the decision encouraged by the new positive development in Ethiopia and expressed commitment to ensure sustainable peace and development in the Somali region as well as to contribute its part in the peace process in Ethiopia.

Mr. Ahmed Shide, Minister of Finance of the FDRE, on his part indicating that Ethiopia is in a transition stage, said that the peace agreement will have significant contribution in ensuring peace and prosperity in the country.