ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s state minister for finance Eyob Tekalign Tolina has accused unnamed foreign actors of trying to turn the East African Country into another Yugoslavia by using the rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), saying those attempts are impossible to achieve.
Ethiopia plunged into a deadly conflict in November last year when a group of armed men belonging to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front attacked the Ethiopian federal army’s Northern Command triggering a federal government decision to oust the Tigray government sparking war.
The TPLF has been accused by international organizations and the Ethiopian government of killing innocent civilians in Amhara and Afar regions which they captured from the government in July while trying to push their way in to Addis Ababa.
The rebel group has also been accused of using child soldiers, which the government of Ethiopia has described as a violation of its own laws.
In a tweet, Tolina said the Tigray People’s Liberation Front has continued to use child soldiers to achieve what he calls wishes to turn Ethiopian into another Yugoslavia.
“What is very sad is how TPLFites are using Child Soldiers for an impossible project of turning Ethiopia into Yugoslavia,” the senior Ethiopian government official wrote. “We are losing a generation due to sheer arrogance of a few! Madness! Sad that many Tegaru in the diaspora are quiet about this. A spade is a spade.”
The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, commonly referred to as SFR Yugoslavia or simply Yugoslavia, was a socialist country in Southeast and Central Europe that existed from its foundation in the aftermath of World War II until its dissolution in 1992 amid the Yugoslav Wars.
Following the death of its leader Josip Broz Tito on 4 May 1980, the Yugoslav economy started to collapse, which increased unemployment and inflation. The economic crisis led to rising ethnic nationalism and political dissidence in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
With the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, efforts to transition into a confederation also failed; the two wealthiest republics, Croatia and Slovenia, seceded and gained some international recognition in 1991.
The federation dissolved along the borders of federated republics, hastened by the start of the Yugoslav Wars, and the federation formally broke up on 27 April 1992.
Two republics, Serbia and Montenegro, remained within a reconstituted state known as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, or FR Yugoslavia, but this state was not recognized internationally as the official successor state to SFR Yugoslavia. Former Yugoslavia is now commonly used retrospectively.