Ethiopia: An end in sight to the Tigray conflict?

By Fred Harter
Posted on Monday, 25 July 2022 16:45

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed addresses lawmakers at the parliament in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, July 7, 2022. (AP Photo)
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed addresses lawmakers at the parliament in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, July 7, 2022. (AP Photo)

More than 20 months since hostilities started, there is cautious optimism that a peaceful resolution to Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict may be in sight, with both sides indicating they are ready to talk.

There has been no major fighting between federal forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) since late December, and a unilateral humanitarian ceasefire declared by the federal government on March 24 has mostly been upheld.

In April, after an agreement was reached to observe the ceasefire, the TPLF withdrew from territory it occupied in the state of Afar. Since then, convoys of aid have resumed deliveries to Tigray, where the UN estimates 5.2 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.