Samstag, 29. November 2014

29.11. - 2 - Speech of The Day - INTER REGION SANITATION SEMINAR


We are pleased to welcome in Our capital delegates from a number of African countries and from countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region and the international specialists in sanitation who have come to participate in this Inter-Regional Seminar on Community Water Supply.
We wish to felicitate the World Health Organization for its initiative in organizing this so important Seminar and thank every person who has co-operated and assisted in its preparation.
It is well known that no life is possible without water but it may not always be so widely known that if water is not of a good quality it may spread disease and thus impair the health of the people who utilize it. It should also be known that water is not only necessary for consumption but also for personal cleanliness which in turn is such an important factor in preventing diseases and promoting the general health and well-being of man.
We are therefore gratified to see that leading personalities from so many countries are assembled here to discuss together with prominent sanitation specialists ways and means of providing their communities with safe water supplies. And We hope that this Seminar will be an incentive to develop and improve the basic agent of personal hygiene as well as of environmental sanitation: namely, the ready availability of abundant and safe water.
We wish the Seminar the very best success in its deliberations.
Nov. 29, 1960.

Selected Speeches of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie - page 212 –               


Important Utterances of H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I - page 253 -

Donnerstag, 27. November 2014


On Friday, November 27,1959, His Imperial
Majesty attended the Commencement Exercises
at the College of Engineering in Addis Ababa.
Below is His Imperial Majesty's speech in reply
to H.E.Lidj Endalkatchew Makonnen, Vice-
Minister of Education :

"It is a source of much pleasure for Us to be here
today when you, the graduating students who have
successfully completed your courses at the College of
Engineering, will receive from Our hands the diplomas
which testify to the achievements of your years of study
at this institution.
This is a memorably happy day both for you gradua-
tes and for Us, for each graduation ceremony at one of
the numerous institutions of higher learning which have
been established throughout Our Empire at Our command
represents another step forward along the path of
progress for Our beloved country which it has been Our
mission and destiny to mark out for her. In the education
of her youth and the training in modern knowledge of
the younger generation lies the hope of Ethiopia and the
key to her future. Of those to whom much has been given
will much de demanded. And you will one day be
required to render an accounting of that which has been
trusted to you.
The challenge which lies before you today is great.
If you are successful in this struggle, you will reflect
credit upon yourself and upon your country. Many
have reached enviable success in engineering without the
benefit of academic training. In the early days, technical
schools and universities with special courses did not
exist, and young men secured their training by years of
apprenticeship or the techniques of its solution. How
much more fortunate are you today, how much greater
your chances of success in your chosen profession, and
how much more you owe to those who have made your
education and training possible.
This institution and its graduates promise much for
the future development of Our country. We are
assiduous in Our efforts continuously to improve the
scope and extent of the training which students receive
here, to expand the facilities which are at their disposal
and build more schools to meet the increasing demand
for education.
Before We present your diplomas to you, We would
add one word of advice and counsel. The achievement
which you today realize is praiseworthy, and you merit,
and have, Our congratulations. But do not let your ac-
complishment blind you to its true value. Do not, in
contemplating the past, overlook the limitations which
still hamper you. Do not let possession of this diploma
beguile you into the belief superior beings, that the mark
of education sets you apart from your less fortunate
fellowmen, that you have outgrown and can dispense
with the traditions and customs of your country.
There is still much to learn; knowledge is inexhausti-
ble, much arduous and discouraging toil lies ahead of
you. Cultivate the mental attitude of humility and
perseverence which will see you safely through the
period of toil and labour which awaits you. Undertake
no service inconsistent with the public welfare, but
strive with unrelenting effort to improve the conditions
of life of Our people, for thus you will realize Our, and
We trust, your fondest hope for the advancement of Our
beloved country.
If you do these things, you will keep faith with
your country, your countrymen and with Us.
We would extend Our thanks to all who have
contributed to making this day possible. The present
and past deans and faculty of the college and all those
who have laboured so diligently in the cause of the
education of the students in attendance here, to you are
thanks due. The teaching profession is a noble one,
and we can all learn much and profit from the example
set by their devoted and unselfish efforts.
We are pleased with the words expressed by the
Vice-Minister of Education. We are happy to see that
Our aim for the welfare of Our people is already taking shape."

Speeches delivered by His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie Ist Emperor of Ethiopia on various occasions - page 180 -


Important Utterances of H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I - page 251 -

Dienstag, 25. November 2014



It is with great satisfaction that We remember, when over forty-four years ago, We established what was the beginning of this printing press in Our palace grounds, a land inherited from Our father and now given by Us to the University. Our aim then was two-fold: primarily as We have said on several occasions before, to create a centre for large scale translation, printing and distribution of the Scriptures, the Old and the New Testaments, and our religious books that were then available in Geez and only in manuscripts; so that the clergy, the monasteries and all the Christian population of Ethiopia would have an easy access to them. Secondly, to provide for our people adequate reading both in other parts of the world and within Our own Empire.
The printing machines bought then and shortly there-after, however inadequate, have rendered valuable services at that time. We recall that, in an effort to expand printing facilities, We opened branches in other provincial centres known as Leul Ras Makonnen, Printing Presses “Kesatie Berhan I, II and III”.
Our endeavours for acceleration, however, in this as in other fields, were discontinued due to the brief occupation of Ethiopia by the Fascist aggressors. Nevertheless, with the will of the Almighty and having liberated Our country, We were able to start again and one of the priorities given was to re-establish this printing press.
With the will of God, who is the initial and ultimate source of good thoughts and through the efforts of you the administrators and employees of this organization and with the technical aid obtained from various Governments, Berhanena Selam Printing Press has now achieved the highest goal anticipated.
We are very pleased to declare open today, this new building and to observe its modern printing machines at work.
Our greatest pleasure is not only due to the aforesaid, but far more indeed, to see young Ethiopians, men and women, engaged in the techniques of the printing trade.
Finally, We and all those who would benefit from this printing press express Our sincere appreciation and thanks to the Governments of Israel, France, Great Britain, West Germany, Sweden and Japan who have contributed in this development project and also to Mr. Jun Numakura.
May God bless all your future efforts.
Aware of the need for the establishment of a printing press that would promote the growth of our country’s lite racy and educational efforts, We established on Maskaram 3rd, 1914 the Berhanena Selam Printing Press from Our own privy purse.
The aims We envisaged were twofold: to serve the public interest in general and the sick and disabled through the services of “Bete Saida Hospital” in particular.
The Berhanena Selam Printing Press, from its inception, in addition to the production of various spiritual and temporal books that broadened Our nation’s knowledge, has also proved an efficient medium for Ethiopia’s educational development which is foremost in Our mind.
We are pleased to see this printing press housed in its modern and great building, fully utilizing the most up-to-date equipment to render the services that will be demanded from its present expanded status.
It is Our hope that you the officials and the employees will exert your best endeavours for the future prosperity of this printing press. We are thankful to Almighty God for having enabled Us to witness this growth.

Nov. 25, 1965.

Selected Speeches of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie - page 522 –             

25.11. - 1 - Speech of The Day - AWARDS LAW CERTIFICATES


We are indeed pleased to congratulate this class who have today received Certificates in law from the University – and to the teachers who have made your accomplishment possible by planning, organizing and carrying out this pioneer project. You may rightly take great pride in your accomplishment, just as We do.
The administration of justice, in a modern state, demands well trained qualified persons at every level. The introduction of the codes and the revised Constitution of Ethiopia, as well as other legislation continuously coming from Parliament and the Government, has dramatically changed Ethiopia’s legal system. The law of the Empire is now modern, complex and scientific in the sense that it has been prepared by experts after careful study. The administration of the law of the Empire increasingly demands highly trained persons.
In a real sense the development of the nation depends upon the development of our legal institutions.
The proper administration of justice requires a research for truth; therefore, the judicial function requires highly selected men. Judges shall be chosen from among those who studied law, and who sacrifice their personal interests to their duties.
An advocate who discharges his duty honestly is a judge. So the need for persons trained in law is obvious.
Thus We are pleased to learn that others are following hard upon the footsteps of this class. We are pleased to know that soon the number of Ethiopian lawyers holding a university degree in law will be virtually doubled.
We are especially pleased to see that so many judges and other civil servants and advocates are taking time to continue their education even as they continue to perform their regular daily duties.
Education is an ongoing task. The obligation to improve oneself does not cease simply because one has a regular job. This is certainly true for those who work in the administration of law and in legal counseling. We would urge that these persons must do all they can to improve, continuously, their professional capacities through further study.
Members of this graduating class: by sacrificing your time you have advanced yourselves and the nation.
We are confident that the qualification you have earned today will be recognized within the legal profession. We believe it should. We believe, too, that the professional attainment to be achieved by other students now studying law in other programs of the Law School must be recognized.
Ethiopia needs a modern legal profession just as she needs the modern legal system she is building. The one cannot exist without the other.
You – all of you who are taking University training in law – are helping the task of building a profession.
We congratulate you. We congratulate this class; take pride in what you have done by serving with continuing zeal and loyalty the Law of Our Empire.

                                                                                                                                           Nov. 25, 1964.

Selected Speeches of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie - page 36 –

Sonntag, 23. November 2014

23.11. - 3 - Speech of The Day - UPON THE DEATH OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY


We are deeply grieved at the tragic and shocking death of John F. Kennedy, the great leader and President of the American nation, a man dedicated to the achievement of world peace and equality and dignity to all men.
We met President Kennedy in Washington less than two months ago. It was Our privilege then to witness for Ourself the untiring efforts and the far-sighted vision which he brought to his role as leader of the American people. We were struck by his courage and resoluteness, by his determination that peace must be assured to all men, by his devotion to the principles of the equality of men and the assurance of life, liberty, and happiness to all. It is not given to many to leave in so short a span of years, so indelible an imprint on his nation and on the course of world events.
Not only Ethiopians but all men mourn the passing of this great statesman. Struck down by an assassin's bullet, he died a martyr to the highest ideals of humanity. Let each Ethiopian today pause for a moment in his daily tasks and lament the passing of this man, a good friend to Ethiopia, who understood our problems, who sympathized with us in our struggles and who shared our dearest desires and hopes for the future.
The untimely and sudden death of President Kennedy at an early age has deprived the American nation and the entire world of the inspiration and services of this dedicated and determined leader. He will be mourned not only by his loved ones but by all peoples, and particularly by the peoples of Africa.
In this time of suffering and sorrow, We extend Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. Kennedy, to their young children, to the father and mother so rudely and suddenly deprived of a beloved son, to his relatives, and to the American people who have sustained so cruel a loss. We ask Almighty God to support and strengthen his family and the American people in this unhappy hour, and We pray that his soul may rest in peace, as his memory will live in history.
                                                                                                                                           Nov. 23, 1963.

Selected Speeches of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie - page 653 –             

 HIM Qedamawi Haile Selassie was the only African leader to make the gesture of flying to Washington to participate in President Kennedy’s funeral on November 25, 1963.

HIM QHS at the burial service at Arlington National Cemetery. together with General Charles de Gaulle of France; Ludwig Erhard of Germany; Queen Frederica of Greece; King Baudoin of Belgium; and other mourners.

HIM QHS together with the President of France de Gaulle, saluting John. F. Kennedy.

23.11. - 2 - Speech of The Day - LAYS CORNERSTONE OF POLICE HOSPITAL


Once he comes into the world, it is essential that man be bred properly to guarantee a healthy life. When his childhood passes away, he is apt to lag behind his peers unless he educates himself and expands the scope of his intellect.
Though We are not at a stage where We can say We have attained enough, the progress made in education as is in the health services has continued to satisfy Us.
Whilst We are here to lay the cornerstone, it would have pleased Us all the more today had We beheld a functioning hospital assisting patients.
Since man proposes and God disposes, it is Our intense hope that through God’s help, its inauguration will take place soon.
We have stated time and again the tasks and mission of the police. It is necessary that the police have a proven fidelity for the people both in time of peace and stress and also an adequate power not only to attack but also to help those attacked. To assume power, it is necessary to have a foundation for the protection of one’s health and mental condition. These are inseparable.
Since the police man at all times is ready to make a self-sacrifice and doubts cannot be thrown at his sincerity, his force should not be swerving; it should be firm.
Therefore, it is this that is the basis of Our concern for his education, medical and health services.
From what We gathered from your statement, there are some who will go abroad for medical studies and some two hundred are already serving as dressers. Our hope is high that this number will grow by four or five times.
Unless man becomes independent in his knowledge and capacity, what help he gets from others is little. But if he is self-dependent, he may be able to extend help to others.
When you are qualified as medical officers and if not only men but also women are made to participate in the service, that would be the first stage for self-dependence.
In laying the cornerstone of this hospital it is Our prayer that the Almighty will spare us to have the opportunity to participate in its inauguration, and that its medical and health services will benefit Our Police Force.

                                                                                                                                           Nov. 23, 1961.

Selected Speeches of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie - page 547 –             

23.11. - 1 - Speech of The Day - BANQUET IN HONOUR OF BULGARIAN LEADER


It is a great pleasure to welcome you and your entourage to Ethiopia and to wish you a pleasant and enjoyable sojourn here among Our people. Speaking both personally and for all Ethiopians. We are deeply gratified to have this opportunity to convey to you and through you to the Bulgarian people warm assurances of the continued respect and sympathy which bind Us close. We are particularly fortunate in welcoming Your Excellency – a patriot who struggled for the liberation of his country.
We are convinced that these exchanges of visits will help to strengthen the bond of friendship between our two countries. Relations between our two nations have expanded notably in recent years as We have come to recognize the vast area of common interest and potential which We share and can develop together to the benefit of both Our peoples. The Bulgarian experience in overcoming her own economic problems can be of great value to Ethiopia and there is much to be gained on both sides in the application of this experience in the Ethiopian context. Bulgarian assistance in the development of Ethiopia’s fishing industry is already showing notable results, and We look forward to the expansion of collaboration between us in this and other areas as our two nations proceed together along the path of development. We would like to thank the Bulgarian Government for assistance already rendered to Ethiopia.
As you are well aware, Your Excellency, Ethiopia stands today as one of the great potential markets of Africa. The development of her immense productive resources has already begun in earnest, and the next few years will surely witness a substantial increase in her world trade position. This rapid growth is now occurring and will continue because our proud and ancient nation has after many centuries of isolation at last stepped forward to join hands with the world, to seek knowledge and understanding and to give of her own resources wherever necessary in the cause of world peace and progress.

Common Principles

As Our nations continue to aid and support one another in their drive towards development We shall be enabled to further the great principles which We share in common with all the enlightened peoples of the world. United, We shall augment Our capacity to aid in the achievement of world peace and to make available not only for Our peoples but for all mankind as well, the freedom and opportunity which are the desired fruits of world progress.
The nations of the world are today interdependent in such a way that the suffering or privation of anyone is in greater or lesser measure a stricture on all others. It is the duty of every world leader today to require and accept the principle of the collective responsibility of all men for the welfare of their brethren. We are confident, that in our meetings here we shall find new ways to strengthen the links which already join our peoples and to advance arm in arm towards the happy future which is Our hope not only for Our own people but for all the world.
In the few days which you will spend in Ethiopia, both you and your party will have the occasion to glimpse something of the unique life and culture which characterize Our ancient nation. You will learn something of the traditions of Our people and you will have the opportunity to see and understand at first hand the warm friendship which they extend to those who come as honoured guests in the name of peace and progress.
Let Us, then, raise Our glasses in toast to the continuing and deepening friendship between the Bulgarian and Ethiopian peoples, to their united growth in happiness and prosperity, and to the health and long life of Our distinguished guest, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, and Dr. Maleeva.

                                                                                                                                           Nov. 23, 1965.

Selected Speeches of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie - page 133 –              &
Important Utterances of H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I - page 553 -