Addis Ababa — Political parties have to resolve differences at roundtable discussions since violence is an existential threat to stability and peace, representatives of political parties said.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, Arena Party Chairman Abraha Desta said "power should be in the hands of the people, and for this to happen there must be peace and stability. We should, therefore, prioritize these."
According to him, "there is no democracy, election and development in the absence of peace."
Therefore, he added, his party is strongly opposed to anything that disrupts peace.
Arena Party Chairman Abraha urged social media activists to refrain from getting involved in anything that jeopardizes the social bondage and strive to enhance people-to-people ties.
Arena Party is working to ensure peace and security as only united and prosperous Ethiopia can be ascertained in the prevalence of peace, he added.
Ethiopian Unity Patriots Front Peace Negotiator Head, Getaneh Zeleke said "parties need to focus on common grounds and discuss differences."
He called on all parties to patiently negotiate till they come to agreement and work together.
"Despite their different political agenda, they should come together in the spirit of united Ethiopia, and that cannot be realized unless they sit down and discuss," Getaneh pointed out.
According him, the Ethiopian Unity Patriots Front is ready to help the government in bringing peace and stability.
Oromia National Party Public Relations Head, Liben Wako said "our party firmly believes that there is no other choice than peaceful struggle."
According to Liben, "there is no doubt that the existing security problems will end and the public will be crowned with victory."
He stressed that political parties should play their due role to shape the new generation.