Breaking: Ethiopia, Tigrayan Forces Agree ‘Cessation Of Hostilities’ — AU

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo speaks during a press conference in Pretoria, South Africa [Phill Magakoe/AFP]

African Union envoy and Former Nigerian President, Olesegun Obasanjo, in the first briefing on the peace talks, said Ethiopia’s government and Tigray authorities have agreed on “orderly, smooth and coordinated disarmament” along with “restoration of law and order,” “restoration of services” and “unhindered access to humanitarian supplies.”

The parties in the conflict in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray agreed on a “permanent cessation of hostilities”.

African Union mediated agreement comes  just over a week after formal peace talks began in South Africa.

The war, which broke out in November 2020, pits regional forces from Tigray against Ethiopia’s federal army and its allies, who include forces from other regions and from neighbouring Eritrea.

The conflict, which has at times spilled out of Tigray into the neighbouring regions of Amhara and Afar, has killed thousands of people, displaced millions from their homes and left hundreds of thousands on the brink of famine.

Neither Eritrea nor regional forces allied with the Ethiopian army took part in the talks in South Africa and it was unclear whether they would abide by the agreement reached there

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