CM – No more fighting in Tigray: Ethiopia


Agence France-Presse. Nairobi |

Published: 12:40 AM, Dec 26, 2021

Ethiopia’s government said Friday that its troops would not advance further into the war-torn region of Tigray, but warned that the decision could be overturned if « territorial sovereignty » was threatened.

The announcement is coming Days after the rebel group of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front declared a withdrawal to their Tigray stronghold, signaling a cessation of fighting after a series of victories on the battlefield claimed by the government.

Although unconfirmed, the withdrawal had The TPLF from the Amhara and Afar regions raised hopes that there would be talks to end a 13-month conflict that has claimed thousands of lives and left parts of the country on the verge of famine.

On Friday, the communications service released the Government issued a statement saying federal forces had secured and directed east Amhara and Afar To « remain vigilant in areas under our control ».

« The Ethiopian government has decided not to order its troops to advance further into the Tigray region, » said the statement shared on Twitter.

UN chief Antonio Guterres welcomed the announcement by the Ethiopian government and the message of the Tigrayan troops, said his deputy spokesman Farhan Haq cease to take all steps to ensure the delivery of much needed humanitarian aid, the withdrawal of foreign fighters and political differences through a credible and inclusive national dialogue, « Haq said in a statement.

The temporary cessation of fighting could help lower the temperature after months of fighting in which both sides claim large territorial gains h At one point, the rebels claimed to be only 200 kilometers by road from the capital, Addis Ababa, which raised alarms from foreign governments urging their citizens to leave the country as soon as possible.

But since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed – the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate – went to the frontline last month, state media have claimed the government has retaken a number of key cities military setbacks dismissed.

Communication in the conflict zone has been disrupted and journalists’ access is restricted, making it difficult to verify claims on the battlefield.

The fighting in Africa’s second largest nation, according to UN estimates more than two million people displaced and more than nine million in need of food aid.

There have been reports of Massa from all sides kers, mass rape and other atrocities, and the UN Human Rights Council last week ordered an investigation into a variety of alleged abuses, a move condemned by Addis Ababa.

The war broke out in November last year when Abiy troops sent to Tigray to overthrow the TPLF, accusing their fighters of attacking army camps.

He promised a quick victory, but the TPLF made a shocking comeback, retaking most of Tigray by June and then advancing in Afar and Amhara.

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