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IN HOUSE 1997 EXTRAORDINARY SESSION

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 20

THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1997


Representatives H. Graham and Barrows introduced the following
resolution which was ordered to be printed.

A RESOLUTION to encourage the President of the United States and
the United States Congress to reexamine United States foreign
policy towards Ethiopia.

WHEREAS, the noble people of Ethiopia have developed and
nourished a proud and distinguished culture that has endured for
three millennia, and

WHEREAS, Ethiopia has had a long and productive friendship with
the United States of America: and

WHEREAS, the people of the United States have responded
generously and magnificently to the plight of Ethiopian famine
victims through the provision of humanitarian aid, and

WHEREAS, the winds of democratic change have blown dramatically
and ferociously across the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe,
Latin America, many parts of Africa, and now to Ethiopia; and

WHEREAS, Ethiopia is poised at a crucial juncture in its history
because it is making a regression towards non-democratic
one-party rule of Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic
Front (EPRDF); and

WHEREAS, the ascendance of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary
Democratic Front and its policy of promoting ethnic federalism
have engendered animosity among nationalities of Ethiopia; and

WHEREAS, such governmental policies and practices have
contributed to the severity of strained relations in Ethiopia by
misdirected bureaucratic cleansing, arbitrary arrest, and
detention of the prominent physician professor Asrat Woldeyes and
many other prisoners of conscience, recognized as such by Amnesty
International and the indigenous Ethiopian Human Rights Council
(EHRC); and

WHEREAS, the people of Ethiopia are aspiring to resolve their
complicated problems through the formation and utilization of
democratic institutions and maximum citizen input; and

WHEREAS, the basic underpinning of democratic institution in the
new Ethiopia should be the supremacy of the will of the people
and the guarantee of the rule of the people; and

WHEREAS, the Ethiopian government should adhere to the United
Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which encourages
freedom of speech, assembly, religion, and press, guarantees all
basic rights, and discourages ethnocentric policies and ethnic
reservations; and

WHEREAS, it is crucial that the diverse voices, opinions, and
philosophies of the people be expressed in promoting political,
economic, and social progress and justices in Ethiopia; and

WHEREAS, a multiparty government may be the most egalitarian,
feasible, and productive political arrangement in providing
suffrage and in overcoming monumental obstacles; and

WHEREAS, President Bill Cli nton and the Congress of the United
States will play a crucial role in promoting the peaceful
resolution of the immense problems of war ravaged Ethiopia; and

WHEREAS, the implementation of a democratic, multiparty
government in Ethiopia should be a long-range foreign policy goal
of the United States Government;

NOW THEREFORE,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the General
Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

Section I. That the Honorable House of Representatives continue
to encourage the formation of democratic institutions, multiparty
participation, progressive social change, and respect for
fundamental human rights in Ethiopia, including freedom of
association and expression.

Section 2. The President and the Congress of the United States
should be encouraged to use every possible means at their command
to examine the policy, that recognizes and evaluates the
political conditions that exist in Ethiopia with a view to ensure
the prevention of the shocking brutality of ethnic warfare
elsewhere in Africa from spreading to Ethiopia.

Section 3. The Clerk of the House of Representatives is hereby
directed to transmit a copy of this Resolution to the Honorable
Bill Clinton, President, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington,
D.C. 20500; the Honorable Albert Gore, Vice President, Old
Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510; the
Honorable Madeleine K. Albright, 2201 "C" Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20520; His Excellency Berhane Gebre-Christos,
Embassy of Ethiopia, 2134 Kalorama Road, N.W., Washington, D.C.
20008; the Honorable Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House of
Representatives, 2428 Rayburn House Office Building,Washington,
D.C. 20515-1006; the Honorable Wendell H.Ford, 173A Russsell
Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510; the Honorable
Mitch McConnel, 361A Russel Senate Office Building, Washington,
D.C. 20510; the Honorable Ed Whitefield, 236 Cannon House Office
Building, Washington, D.C. 20515; the Honorable Ron Lewis, 412
Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515; the
Honorable Anne Northup, 1004 Longworth Office Building ,
Washington, D.C. 20515; the Honorable Jim Bunning, 2437 Rayburn
House Office Building, Washington, D.C, 20515; the Honorable
Harold Rogers, 2468 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington,
D.C. 20515; and the Honorable Scotty Baesler, 113 Cannon House
Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515