Ethiopia: Tigray rebels are calling for peace, agree to AU’s involvement

By The Africa Report
Posted on Tuesday, 13 September 2022 14:42

An Afari militia member walks next to a house destroyed in the fight between the Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF) and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) forces in Kasagita town, Afar region, Ethiopia, February 25, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Over the weekend, the Tigray rebels fighting Ethiopia’s federal government said they were willing to accept an “immediate” ceasefire and be part of a peace process led by the African Union.

The statement – made at the beginning of Ethiopia’s new year on 11 September – came nearly three weeks after fresh fighting broke out along Tigray’s borders. The clashes ended a fragile truce declared by the government in late March and halted aid deliveries to Tigray as well as parts of the neighbouring Amhara region.

“[T]he Government of Tigray is prepared to participate in a robust peace process under the auspices of the African Union [AU],” the statement said. “Furthermore, we are ready to abide by an immediate and mutually agreed cessation of hostilities in order to create a conducive atmosphere.”

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