2 February 2009 (EMF) – Barack Obama’s envoy, a career diplomat and acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Philip Carter, talked to main opposition leaders in Addis Ababa on Friday, source said. Acting Assistant Secretary of State Spoke to Dr. Merera Gudina, Prof. Beyene Petros, Dr. Hailu Araya, Dr. Negaso Gidada, Mr. Temesgen Zewde and Mr. Seye Abraha over ever worsening political repression and economic setback the country is facing.
During the meeting, opposition leaders, in one voce, informed Mr. Philip Carter the end of political space for opposition. They expressed concern on continuous repressions against dissents by the incumbent regime.
Oppositions asked the Obama administration to exert pressure on the government of Meles Zenawi to release political prisoners, open the political space and allow observers for the upcoming elections.
Mr. Philip told the opposition leaders that the new US administration is seriously concern with the human rights situation in Ethiopia. The Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Mr. Philip Carter has also met with Meles Zenawi, but the content of the discussion was not revealed.
The new US administration is desirous to change existing Bush foreign policy towards the horn of Africa.
Obama’s radical actions to change U.S. foreign policy has threatened Ethiopia’s dictator, Meles Zenawi, who exploited the “War on Terror” to win support from the Bush administration, despite it’s gross human rights abuses documented by International Human Rights Groups.