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Ethiopia, Tigray forces agree to end hostilities in AU-brokered deal

APA-Pretoria (South Africa)

The Ethiopian government and rebels from the country’s northern Tigray region have agreed to a permanent cessation of hostilities in conflict that has killed thousands and displaced several other since 2020.

The truce was reached following African Union-brokered peace talks that were hosted by South Africa over the past week. 

"The two parties in the Ethiopian conflict have formally agreed to the cessation of hostilities as well as to systematic, orderly, smooth and coordinated disarmament," AU High Representative for the Horn of Africa, Olusegun Obasanjo said on Wednesday.

The former Nigerian president urged the warring parties to honour the conditions of the agreement, noting that Wednesday’s signing of the pact was “not the end of the peace process.” 

“Implementation of the peace agreement signed today is critical for its success," Obasanjo said.

He revealed that implementation of the truce would be supervised and monitored by a high-level AU panel.

The pact would see the two sides engaged on an "orderly, smooth and coordinated disarmament" as well as the restoration of law and order, Obasanjo said.

It is supposed to result in the restoration of services that have been disrupted by the war as well as ensure “unhindered access to humanitarian supplies,” the AU envoy said.

The war, which broke out in November 2020, has pitted regional forces from Tigray against Ethiopia’s federal army and its allies, which include forces from other regions and from neighbouring Eritrea.

The talks between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front were launched on October 25.

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