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Addis Ababa (ANN) – The government of Ethiopia has accepted the talks called by the African Union between Abiy’s government and the TPLF group.

The talks were led by the African Union, which invited the opposing sides to the negotiations taking place in South Africa in the coming days in order to end the two-year-old conflict.

The national security adviser to the Ethiopian government, Ridwan Hussein, told the media that the Ethiopian government has unconditionally accepted to enter into talks with the rebels in the Tigray region. Therefore, they welcome the invitation of the African Union to participate in the peace talks in South Africa.

Redwan Hussein said the government accepted this invitation, which is “in line with our principled position to resolve the conflict peacefully and the need to end it without negotiations,” he said.

In a statement issued by the TPLF, they said that they welcome the talks and are ready for them, so they are sending a team to represent them in the talks, but they said that there is a need to find the implementation of the decisions of the agreement and who is the supervisor, indicating the need for collateral.

“Considering that we were not consulted before extending this invitation, we need clarification on some of the following issues to establish a good start for peace talks,” said a statement signed by the Tigray leader. People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) Debretsion Gebremichael.

Although the two sides have previously said that they are ready to participate in AU-mediated talks, heavy fighting is still going on across the Tigray region, the northern region that borders Eritrea, as they recently emerged. That the people of Eritrea have returned to the region.

The African Union (AU) has invited the opposing sides to negotiate an end to the two-year-old conflict that has killed thousands of civilians and left millions displaced and homeless, but it is not the first time the African Union has come together. The talks, which will be led by African Union Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat and held at the end of this week if possible, will be the first between the two sides since the outbreak of war in November 2020. 

There are many problems caused by humanitarian disasters in the Tigray region, where six million people live, and they are facing shortages of food, fuel, medicine, and other emergency supplies. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned of growing malnutrition even before the latest war to halt all aid to Tigray.

The war between Tigray and the government of Abiy Ahmed, the federal government, with the help of Eritrean and regional militias and the Tigray fighters of the TPLF, has become prolonged and has affected the security and economy of the entire region.

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By Arraale M Jama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights activist.

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