Tigrai Online - June 09, 2013
The Benishangul People’s Liberation Movement (BPLM) which was fighting the Ethiopian government for the past seventeen years laid it’s arms and decided to work within the constitution of the country.
The Benishangul Gumz Reginal State is where the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is being built. The Benishangul Gumz Reginal State is one of the nine states that make up the Ethiopian Federation. The population is estimated to be around 800 thousand and is the two main ethnic groups are the Benishangul (Berta) and Gumz.
The BPLM and the Ethiopian government reached an agreement after two years of extensive negotiations and the BPLM accepted the constitution as the supreme law of the land.
Hundreds of BPLM fighters in buses arrived in Benishangul Gumz where they were received by thousands of people.
“We sign peace deal because we believed it was right time for reconciliation with the government and the people of Ethiopia.” Husien Ahmed one of the rebel group’s leaders said. Husien added his rebel group was receiving full financial and military support from the Eritrean government.
The significant of the news is highlighted by the recent tensions between Ethiopia and Egypt because of Ethiopia’s diversion of the Nile River for the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the largest dam in Africa.
Last week Egyptian politicians were caught on live TV planning threatening actions against Ethiopia discussing to support rebel groups to destabilize the Horn of African country.
In 2010 factions of OLF and ONLF rebels groups made similar agreement with Ethiopian government and returned to their country to pursue peaceful struggle within the frame work of the Ethiopian constitution.
The dying regime in Eritrea and the troubled Egyptian government who were using these rebel groups to wage a proxy war against Ethiopia are left scratching their heads.