|The Crown has stood the test of time.
Ethiopia should keep what has worked before, but innovate to keep
up with the times, combining the best of the old and the new. By this
I especially mean that the Crown can serve as the nation’s guarantor
of democracy and human rights, enhancing the country’s ability to
meet not only its own economic, social, and spiritual challenges but,
by strengthening the social fabric, render Ethiopia stronger and
better-prepared to defend its sovereignty, and play its share in the
international battle against radicalism, chaos, instability and poverty.
Of course, the world today being a smaller, more interdependent
place, Ethiopia’s democrats need to work in close cooperation with
our foreign friends and hope that we can count on your continued
support and interest.
Monarchical tradition stretches back for 3,000 years in Ethiopia. But I
am not here to bask in history, although I must refer to it for lessons
which we may not, must not, forget. I am here to plead for the future
of Ethiopia; to tell you that the future can be restored to the people of
Ethiopia as Ethiopians as well as Tigreans, Oromos, Amharas, Afars,
and so on. Each time Ethiopia has prospered domestically and
internationally it has been because the country has been led by
inspired men who placed the good of their people above their own or
group needs. It can be so again.
H.I.H. Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie
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