Ethiopia: Abiy says new committee will handle peace negotiations with TPLF

By Fred Harter
Posted on Wednesday, 15 June 2022 11:25

Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed (twitter: @PMEthiopia)
Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed (twitter: @PMEthiopia)

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced the formation of a committee that will handle peace negotiations with rebels from the northern Tigray region.

Abiy revealed the formation of the body during an address to parliament on Tuesday 14 June in his fullest remarks yet on the peace process, after 19 months of fighting with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

It is led by Demeke Mekonnen, a key ally of Abiy who serves as deputy prime minister and minister for foreign affairs.

“Negotiation is not simple, it needs a lot of work,” Abiy told parliament. “A committee has been established to study how and what conditions to negotiate.”