Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The
Ethiopian Ministry of Defense on Tuesday disclosed that
it has undertaking various measures to sustain peace and
security throughout the East African country, with
particular emphasis given to the rehabilitation of
violence affected citizens.
The statement was
made by Ethiopia’s Minister of Defense Aisha Mohamed on
Tuesday while briefing members of the Ethiopian House of
Peoples’ Representatives, the Ethiopian parliament’s
lower house, on recent activities of the military
Mohamed also stressed that the recent reform in the
country’s defense force platform is in line with the
Ethiopian government’s ambition that aspires to ensure
peace and stability across the country.
She further indicated that one major target of the
army is to rehabilitate the millions of internally
displaced Ethiopians by making sure that their safety
and security is well assured.
The minister’s assertion regarding the rehabilitation
of internally displaced people came amid mounting
pressures due to an increasing number of displaced
people in the country.
According to a report of the UN Office for the
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) that was
issued late last month, at least 2.4 million people are
currently displaced due to inter-communal violence
across the East African country.
Last month, the Ethiopian government disclosed a
major restructure in the country’s defense force
According to Mohamed, the new military platform
restructure that downsized the number of regional
commands to four from the previous six would help
modernize the army with new additions in the army, which
among other things aspires to reestablish a naval force.
The Ethiopian army, one of the strongest and largest
in Africa, currently operates on land and air, as
landlocked Ethiopia disbanded its naval force some two
decades ago following the separation of Eritrea, which
left Ethiopia without access to a major ocean or sea
that would host its naval force.
In addition to reestablishing a naval force, the
Ethiopian government had also recently disclosed plans
to establish a cyber and space force to respond to the
emerging world military system.