ADDIS ABABA – The Federal government said on Monday it has declared an unilateral ceasefire, ending an eight-month long conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region.
In a statement issued today, the Prime Minister Office said the decision for immediate and unilateral ceasefire was made at the request of the Tigray interim administration on humanitarian grounds.
Earlier today, Head of the interim admin Abraham Belay told a state-run News Agency that his administration asked the central government to declare a easefire to create an environment for farmers to cultivate their lands and reach more people with humanitarian assistance.
Abraham also said that some elements within Tigray’s former ruling party are willing to engage with the federal government.
In a response, the PM office said it has accepted the request and announced the start of the unilateral ceasefire, effective as of today, July 28.
The PM office said the ceasefire will last until at least the end of the current rainy season, a major farming period in Ethiopia that ends in September.
Decision has been made not only to enable farmers cultivate their farms but also allow officials of the TPLF willing to pursue peaceful path reach settlement, the PM Office reasons.
Directions has been communicated to federal and regional military institutions to respect the decision to ceasefire, it said.
“But if some elements tried to exploit this good opportunity, they will be dealt with appropriate law enforcement measures,” the office added.