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Ethiopia accuses US, EU envoys of failing to insist rebel to commit to peace

APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

Ethiopia’s government accuses the United States and European Union envoys of failing to insist rebel officials to commit to peace talks without preconditions.

The EU and US special envoys for the horn of Africa led by Annette Webe and Mike Hammer, went to the region on a joint mission, which they said was aimed to encourage the launch of talks between the Federal Government and the rebel Tigray people’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

 

The outcome of their travel and the manner they handled the objective of the mission, however, have left the federal government unimpressed.

“Debriefed with the diplomatic team and expressed government’s dismay regarding the course chosen by the team of envoys and ambassadors which traveled Mekelle in handling the matter,” said Redwan Hussien, national security advisor to the PM Office, on Friday.

According to the advisor’s statement, the team “failed to press for unequivocal commitment for peace talks, rather indulging in appeasement and fulfilling preconditions placed by the other party”.

“Regarding restoration of services, the will of the government has been reaffirmed and preludes for that have been reiterated – creating enabling conditions and semblance of peace by beginning the talks,” Hussien stated.

Their joint statement, he said “rehashed the saga of ‘unfettered humanitarian access’ which has already been long addressed.”

“No limit on the number of flights and the number of trucks carrying aid. The issue of fuel has also been addressed and hailed by all,” Hussien continued.

The bottom line, he said, “the AU is the only channel and has been reiterated in no uncertain terms once again.”


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