Ethiopian government and Tigrayan forces move towards negotiations

The committee is “looking into the preconditions and progress of the negotiations,” he said.

The committee will be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen and is expected to submit a detailed report to Abiy within 10 to 15 days.

“We are committed to peace, whether with the TPLF (Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front) or any other organization that is committed to peace,” he said.

On Tuesday evening, Debretsion Gebremichael, president of the TPLF, said his group was “ready to negotiate peace in accordance with the fundamental principles of human rights, democracy and accountability,” in an open letter posted on Twitter.

“We will engage in a credible, impartial and principled peace process,” the letter said, saying the group believes any peace talks should be held in Nairobi, Kenya, mediated by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“Our position remains that the peace process requires the participation of a number of international partners led by the Government of Kenya. These partners include the United States, the European Union, the United Arab Emirates, the United Nations and the African Union,” Debreción wrote.

As soon as the federal committee submits its report and the Tigrayan forces put forward their preconditions, an announcement will be made about peace talks between them, Abiy said.

This event marks an important step towards peace talks between two forces that have been in conflict for more than a year and a half, leaving thousands dead, hundreds of thousands left in starving conditions in Tigray and setting a world record of displaced persons in one year. in 2021, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center.

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