Tigray rebels deny ‘direct engagements’ with Ethiopian authorities
MEKELLE – Tigrayan rebels on Saturday denied having had “direct engagements” with the Ethiopian authorities, following an announcement by the African Union which has been main a marketing campaign to finish the 21-month battle.
Getachew Reda, spokesman for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), stated an AFP article quoting an AU assertion was a “pure invention”.
“Such an engagement just didn’t happen!” he stated on Twitter.
In an announcement dated August 4 however posted on its web site Thursday, the AU Peace and Security Council stated it “commends the AU High Representative for the direct engagements between the Government of the Republic Federal Democratic Party of Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)”.
But an up to date model of the assertion on the web site changed the phrase “between” with “with” and the authentic, which was printed in English and French, is not any longer out there.
AFP contacted the CPS for remark however there was no quick response.
Government forces have been at conflict with the TPLF since November 2020, however in latest weeks each side have raised the potential of peace talks.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s authorities desires all negotiations to be led by the AU, however the rebels need incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta to mediate.
TPLF chief Debretsion Gebremichael additionally insisted that key providers would need to be restored in Tigray earlier than dialogue might start.
In its assertion, the AU Council known as on the combatants “to place the supreme interests of Ethiopia and its people above all else and to adopt inclusive political dialogue as the only viable approach to finding a consensual solution. to the current situation”.
He additionally urged worldwide companions to help the AU-led mediation below former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo “as the only viable and effective approach to finding a lasting negotiated solution to the situation in Ethiopia”.
Fighting has eased in northern Ethiopia since a humanitarian truce was declared in late March, permitting desperately wanted worldwide assist convoys to renew for Tigray’s six million individuals.
Since the outbreak of conflict, the northernmost area of Ethiopia has suffered from meals shortages and entry to fundamental providers reminiscent of electrical energy, communications and banking providers has been severely restricted.
In November 2020, Abiy ordered troops into Tigray to overthrow the TPLF, accusing the rebels of attacking federal military camps.
The TPLF made a shock comeback in June final 12 months, recapturing Tigray and increasing into neighboring Afar and Amhara earlier than the conflict reached a stalemate.