Tigray peace talks in South Africa on 24 October: Ethiopia govt

AFP , Thursday 20 Oct 2022

Ethiopia's government said Thursday that peace talks had been announced by the African Union for October 24 in South Africa to try to resolve the nearly two-year war in Tigray.

Tigrayan protest
Members of the Tigrayan community protest against the conflict between Ethiopia and Tigray rebels in Ethiopia s Tigray region, outside the the United Arab Emirates embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022.


"AUC (African Union Commission) has informed us that the Peace Talks is set for 24 Oct 2022 to be held in South Africa. We have reconfirmed our commitment to participate," Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's national security adviser Redwan Hussein posted on Twitter.

"However, we are dismayed that some are bent on preempting the peace talks & spreading false allegations against the defensive measures."

International calls for a halt to escalating violence in Tigray have been mounting since a failed attempt by the AU earlier this month to bring the warring sides to the negotiating table.

The government and rebel leaders from Tigray had agreed to participate in AU-led talks, but the meeting never took place and conflict has spiralled in the war-torn region.

The government announced this week the capture of three towns in Tigray, where Ethiopian forces and their allies from neighbouring Eritrea have been waging an offensive against rebels from the region.

Northern Ethiopia has been wracked by war for almost two years, causing a humanitarian disaster in Africa's second-most populous country.

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