Ethiopia & Tigray rebels sign aid and disarmament deal

By Fred Harter
Posted on Monday, 14 November 2022 15:24

In this file photo taken on February 26, 2021 A damaged tank stands on a road north of Mekele, the capital of Tigray
In this file photo taken on February 26, 2021 A damaged tank stands on a road north of Mekele, the capital of Tigray. - Tigrayan rebels agreed to a "cessation of hostilities" on February 25, 2022, a new turning point in the nearly 17-month war in northern Ethiopia following the government's announcement of an indefinite humanitarian truce a day earlier. The rebels said in a statement sent to AFP early on March 25, 2022 that they were "committed to implementing a cessation of hostilities effective immediately," and urged Ethiopian authorities to hasten delivery of emergency aid into Tigray, where hundreds of thousands face starvation. (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP)

Ethiopia’s federal government and rebels from Tigray have signed an agreement to allow aid to the northern region and disarmament of fighters.

Military leaders from both sides signed the accord at a ceremony in Nairobi on Saturday, following several days of technical talks on the implementation of a ceasefire struck earlier this month in South Africa.

According to the text of the agreement, the disarmament of Tigray’s heavy weapons “will be done concurrently with the withdrawal of foreign and non-federal forces” – a nod to the presence of Eritrean and Amhara militias in Tigray.