Army Day - an opportunity to renew commitment for dev’t, sovereignty

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Addis Ababa, February 7, 2013 (WIC) - The Ministry of National Defense of Ethiopia (MNDE) said Army Day celebration would be an event on which members of the armed force renew their commitment to scale up development efforts and to defend nation’s sovereignty.

Eastern Command Post of the Ethiopian National Defense Force marked Ethiopian Army Day at Jijiga Stadium in Somali State yesterday in the presence of government officials, officers and residents of the town.

Ethiopian National Defense Force Chief of Staff General Samora Yenus on occasion said members of the national defense force have contributed a lot in realizing peace, development, good governance and democracy through protecting the country from anti-peace forces.

“The Army Day, to be marked for the first time in the country, would be an opportunity to renew our commitment to reinforce the results gained in peace, development and democracy in the past 20 years and to defend our country from local and foreign anti-peace elements,” he said.

As regards to science and technology, the national defense force has created a capacity that enables it to thwart any potential dangers. It has also gained international recognition in its peacekeeping missions, he said.

Commander in Chief of the East Command Post Major General Abreha Woldemariam said members of the defense force have succeeded in getting rid of anti-peace elements from the Somali State and turning the region into a development center.

He further called on members of the national defense force to rally alongside the public to attain journey for renaissance and realize vision of the late PM Meles Zenawi.

Chief Administrator of Somali State, Abdi Mohammed Omer, on his part said members of the defense force have made a significant contribution for the peace, development and democracy prevailed in the state.

Following the durable peace and democracy existed in the state, the residents have turned their attention to development activities, he said.