ADDIS ABABA, Civil society in Ethiopia has vowed to closely collaborate towards preserving peace and stability.

This was stated during a day-long consultative meeting held here Tuesday on the role of civil society in preserving peace and stability in the country.

The Director of the Network of Ethiopian Women Associations, Saba Gebremedhin, complained that women were never included in any of the national reconciliation processes. We all need to change this and make women the main actors in preserving peace and stability, she stressed.

Peace is not lost only in the presence of conflict, according to Saba, but most of all during the absence of peaceful communication.

The Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia Deputy Secretary-General, Hulluf Weldesilassie, said starting from its establishment seven years ago the Council had been committed to promoting peaceful co-existence and collaboration among religious institutions and communities in Ethiopia.

Noting that the Council had continued advocating for peace, all-inclusive dialogue, and reconciliation at regional and local levels, Hulluf said: "Understanding the sense of urgency of the situation we are in by stepping up efforts to match the demand for peace is crucial."

Hulluf emphasized that all Ethiopians needed to eradicate mistrust to preserve peace.

The Conflict Prevention and Resolution Director-General at the Ministry of Federal and Pastoral Development Affairs, Sisay Melese, stated that a number of mechanisms were set to handle conflicts and they had paid off; although there still remains much to be done.

Explaining that enhancing the culture for building peace at all times has its fruits, Sisay said early warning and response mechanisms have to be capacitated.

He added: Our educational curriculums should include the essentiality of the culture of building peace and tranquility for a nation to survive and develop.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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