Aug 18, 2022

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Addis names team for Nairobi peace talks with Tigray leaders

The Ethiopian government has named seven negotiators for peace with the Tigray rebels.

The team was announced on June 27 after meetings of the Central and Executive Committees of the country’s ruling Prosperity Party.

The Ethiopian state press agency said the team would be led by Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen. The other members are Justice Minister Gedion Timothewos, Director General of National Intelligence and Security Service Temesgen Tiruneh, Ambassador Redwan Hussine, Prime Minister’s Security Advisor Lt-Gen Berhanu Bekele, Ambassador Hassan Abdulkadir and Dr. Getachew Jember

Dr. Gedion said the party will seek peace “in a manner that respects the constitution and national interests,” backed by the African Union.

There was no immediate comment from Tigray leaders on the announcement >Read: Hope Like Addis, Tigray Opts For Dialogue In Nairobi

During a parliamentary session on June 14, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced that his government had assembled a team to negotiate with the Tigray rebels ending the 18-month-old bloody conflict in the north a principled peace process that engages with the parties in a serious, inclusive and engaged manner.”

Tigray Regional President and TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael said they would launch a high-level Sending delegation to the talks convened and hosted by the Kenyan government.

Since the conflict broke out in Tigray in November 2020, has thousands of men It has claimed human lives and led to a severe humanitarian crisis that has left 90 percent of Tigrayans in starvation-like conditions.

Mr Debretsion, in an open session letter to regional and international peace partners, recently said: “The government and people of Kenya have demonstrated over the years their impartiality, honesty and solidarity with Ethiopia and their commitment to the norms and principles of the African Union.” On this basis, we stand by the existing agreement between the parties to meet in Nairobi for negotiations moderated and moderated by the President of Kenya in hopes of an end to the civil war.

Read: Ethiopia wants end of war: official

But contentious issues such as the disputed land in West Tigray and whether the Tigray Defense Force remains armed could stand in the way of a quick solution.

Tigray leaders have stressed that any lasting solution must be based on restoring West Tiger’s pre-war status quo and is not open to negotiation,” the TPLF said recently. “West Tiger remains a non-negotiable issue. Any suggestion that our position has changed is unfounded. The Tigray government remains committed to their liberation, peacefully or otherwise.”

The TPLF has also called for a referendum and has refused to disarm