The signing ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington DC comes as US special envoy Jeffrey Feltman is in Addis Ababa to try to negotiate a ceasefire. The rebel groups said they wanted to usher in a transitional government after a year of war that has killed thousands of people and displaced millions across northern Ethiopia.
“We are forced to defend ourselves,” former foreign minister Berhane Gebre-Christos, a Tigrayan official, told reporters. “Definitely, we will have a change in Ethiopia before Ethiopia implodes.”
The alliance includes the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), a splinter group of the Oromo Liberation Front that formed a military alliance with the TPLF in August. Also signing on were the Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front, the Agaw Democratic Movement, the Benishangul People’s Liberation Movement,
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