Ethiopia Creates Committee to Negotiate With Tigray Rebels

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced on Tuesday that the federal government had created a committee to begin peace talks with the northern Tigray region’s rebellious forces.

“Regarding the peace, a committee has been established. Negotiation needs a lot of work. A committee has been established, and it will study how we will conduct talks,” Abiy said.

Abiy said that Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen is leading the committee and will have 10 to 15 days to work on finer details of what will be negotiated.

“We need to repeat the victory that we made on the battlefield in peace talks… Every bullet that is shot is like a dollar lost,” Abiy said.

William Davison, an analyst with the International Crisis Group, told VOA News that while the peace talks may end Ethiopia’s civil war, important details are yet to emerge.

“We don’t have a clear idea of the participants. To achieve a sustainable peace that would need the representation from other actors in the conflict,” Davison said.

VOA News reported that the return of forces associated with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to the disputed region of Western Tigray will be a significant sticking point in peace talks.

The conflict in Ethiopia began in November 2020, displacing almost 9 million people, causing hunger in portions of Tigray, and killing thousands of civilians.

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