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Ethiopia demands a formal ceasefire with the Tigray rebels

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The Ethiopian government on Wednesday called for a formal ceasefire agreement to be reached soon in Tigray to allow basic services to resume in the war-torn northern region.

A committee set up in June to study the possibility of talks with Tigrayan rebels said it had drawn up a “peace proposal” to try to end the war that broke out in November 2020.

The announcement came on the same day that the World Health Organization described the situation in Tigray as “the world’s worst disaster”.

And the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) dismissed the committee’s call as a “coverup” and said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government had shown no real willingness to engage in dialogue.

“In order to ensure a sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance, facilitate the resumption of basic services and resolve the conflict peacefully, the committee has underlined the need to conclude a ceasefire agreement as soon as possible,” the committee said in a statement to the Ethiopian Peace Committee explanation with.

“To speed up this process, the committee considered and adopted a peace proposal that would lead to the conclusion of a ceasefire and lay the basis for future political dialogue.”

The TPLF has long insisted that basic services must be restored to the region of six million before dialogue can begin.

Fighting in northern Ethiopia has eased since a ceasefire was declared in late March, allowing much-needed international aid convoys to resume in Tigray after a three-month hiatus.

Ethiopia’s northernmost region suffers from desperate food shortages and lacks access to basic services like electricity, communications and banking.

The Ethiopian Peace Committee, meanwhile, said it would submit its peace proposal to the African Union (AU).

The AU has led the push to end a conflict that has claimed countless lives and required millions in humanitarian aid.

“Every effort will be made in cooperation with the African Union to finalize the place and time for the talks and to quickly start peace talks and conclude a ceasefire agreement shortly,” it said.

Abiy’s government says all negotiations must be led by AU envoy to the Horn of Africa Olusegun Obasanjo, but the rebels want outgoing Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to mediate.

– “Unimaginable Cruelty” –

TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda accused the government of “obscurity” and said its forces were “actively provoking our forces on various fronts”.

“They have openly reneged on their oft-repeated promise to take measures aimed at creating an environment conducive to peaceful negotiations, such as ensuring unhindered humanitarian access and restoring services to Tigray,” he said on Twitter.

Tigray-born WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday described the “man-made disaster” there as the “world’s worst disaster” and criticized global leaders for overlooking the humanitarian crisis.

“This unimaginable cruelty must end. The only solution is peace,” he said at a press conference in Geneva.

The war in northern Ethiopia was unleashed when Abiy, the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner, ordered troops into Tigray to overthrow the TPLF and accused rebels of attacking federal army camps.

Months of tension ensued between the government and the TPLF, which dominated Ethiopian politics for three decades until Abiy took office in 2018.

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