The 10,11,and 13 June 2005 agreements, statements, of CUD With EPRDF and UEDF, and retractions of CUD's statements
The 10 June 2005 joint declaration.
UEDF, CUD AND EPRDF ON THE NEBE COMPLAINTS REVIEW AND
10 June 2005
1. The signatories of this declaration:-
- re-affirm their commitment to the successful and peaceful conclusion
of the electoral process, in a manner that fully respects the wishes of the
people, the rule of law and constitutional processes of the country
- re-assert their condemnation of all acts of violence or incitement to
violence and agree to make all possible efforts to prevent such violence or
incitement to violence, to exercise restraint, and seek resolution of all issues
through legal and peaceful means only.
- declare their commitment to the decision-making procedures
established by the Proclamation on Electoral law for deciding upon
complaints of election irregularities and to abide by them.
- accept the legal authority of the National Election Board of Ethiopia
and the courts in those procedures and commit to abide by the decisions they
make on the basis of the authority invested in them by the laws of the
country, and refrain from all acts intended to subvert such decisions, without
prejudice to their constitutional rights.
- recognize the positive role being played by the Joint Political Party
Forum in resolving disputes between the parties in a consensual manner and
in enhancing the transparency of the process.
- note the decision of the NEBE to review and investigate the 299
complaints of electoral irregularities that have been submitted by political
- affirm the need for there to be public confidence and transparency in
the decision making procedures.
- express their wish to participate in the review and investigation
- urge international observers to accept the NEBE's invitation to
observe the complaints and results process.
2. As agreed in the meeting of the Joint Political Party Forum of 30 May 2005,
the signatories of this declaration are committed to participate fairly and
constructively in the Complaints Investigation Panels to be established by
3. Noting the establishment of an ad-hoc Complaints Review Body consisting of
legal experts appointed by the NEBE, the signatories request of the NEBE
that they are able to participate in hearings so as to provide clarification of
existing evidence and, where appropriate to submit new evidence, prior to
the final recommendations of the Complaints Review Body. Such a role is
intended to ensure that the Complaints Review body makes its
recommendations with all available information.
4. As the work of the Complaint Review Body has already commenced, the
signatories call on the NEBE to urgently and positively respond to these
On behalf of the
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June 11. CUD's Poisition.
CUD POSITION REGARDING THE JOINT UEDF, CUD AND
DECLARATION OF 10 JUNE 2005.
CUD through its duly accredited representatives signed a Joint Declaration with
UEDF and EPRDF on 10 June 2005 at the Headquarters of the National Election
Board in Addis Ababa in the presence of the diplomatic and international
community. In this Declaration CUD unequivocally committed itself to the peaceful
resolution of the election disputes which are the subject of the Declaration.
In signing the Declaration, the CUD nowhere put any reservations or conditions or
equivocation to its adherence to the spirit and letter of the Declaration. The
Declaration in fact is a final and binding document on the signatories.
After having signed the Declaration each signatory was given an opportunity to
state how it intended to implement the Declaration. The CUD regrets any
misinterpretation of its presentation at the signing ceremony and retracts any
elements of its statement that may have given this impression. During the
presentation CUD pointed out that the existence of a peaceful enabling environment
is a sine qua non for effective implementation of the Declaration. CUD pointed out
that harassment of the leaders and functionaries of any of the signatories would
render it impossible to implement the Declaration.
The CUD would like to once more unequivocally and without reservations declare
that it accepts all the provisions of the Declaration it signed on 10 June 2005. It
further undertakes to implement forthwith the provisions of the agreement.
In a constructive spirit of compromise and mutual respect, the CUD would like to
propose to its joint signatories that in addition to the meeting due to take place on
Monday June 13th under the auspices of the NEB to discuss the complaints and
appeals procedures, a meeting should also take place as soon as possible to explore
how the commitments entered into by all signatories, notably in respect of
commitments to non-violence and incitements to violence, can be respected.
As a contribution to this endeavor, the CUD would like to share with its signatories
on Monday 13th June a specific proposal to address issues that we believe need to be
resolved to move the process forward.
The CUD re-affirms that it will do everything in is powers to support the nonviolent
transition of society in Ethiopia to a society based upon respect for
individual human rights and democratic values. The successful conclusion of the
present electoral process, in conformity with the provisions of the Ethiopian
constitution and accepted international standards, we believe, is a key element in
achieving this goal.
Coalition for Unity and Democracy
June 11, 2005
1. The signatories re-affirm their commitment to the joint public declaration they made on 10 June.
2. As a signatory to the 10 June declaration, the CUD retracts its statements on 10 June that appeared to question or put pre-conditions to its commitment to the joint declaration. The other signatoreis welcome this retraction.
3. Having received draft terms of reference for the operation of the NEBE complaints review procedures, the signatories commit themselves to consider and agree to these terms of reference as soon as possible.
4. The signatories confirm that they stand ready to implement their 10 June declaration in an open, constructive, inclusive and consensual manner. The signatories agree to discuss the precise modalities for implementing their joint declaration in a conducive environment.
Signed by CUD, UEDF,EPRDF==========================