Wikileaks: Tigryan dominance in the army

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUBJECT: ETHIOPIA: PURGED AIR FORCE COMMANDER SAYS MILITARY SUFFERS FROM ETHNIC DIVISION

Ambassador Donald Yamamoto

SUMMARY. Alemshet Degiffe, an Oromo

Major-General purged in 2006 while serving as commander of the Ethiopian Air Force, told the Ambassador on May 12 that the Ethiopian military suffers from ethnic division and Tigrayan dominance. Alemshet said Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles cannot afford to fight a war against Eritrea because the military lacks the will to fight and a war would exacerbate the growing cracks in the Ethiopian state. Lastly, he noted based on his continuing contacts with some military officials that the Ethiopian military was limiting itself to small-scale tactical operations in Somalia only and was not conducting any major offensive operations. END SUMMARY.

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