AU Welcomes Confidence-Building Steps toward Peaceful Resolution of Conflict in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has welcomed key confidence-building measures toward the peaceful resolution of the Conflict in Ethiopia.

The Chairperson says this after he was briefed by the AU High Representative for the Horn of Africa and former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, on his ongoing engagements relating to the execution of his mandate in the sub-region on Friday.

The Chairperson specifically acknowledges the commitment of the parties involved in the Ethiopian conflict, to a peaceful resolution of the conflict through significant confidence-building measures undertaken, according to the AU.

These measures, the Union says, include the lifting of the national state of emergency, release of detainees and prisoners of war, setup of the National Dialogue Commission, humanitarian truce and declaration of ceasefire, and the withdrawal of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) from the Afar region.

Chairperson Mahamat has welcomed improvements in humanitarian access and support to the affected regions, following the humanitarian truce and ceasefire declared in March.

These measures resulted from intensive engagements, through shuttle diplomacy, by the AU High Representative, culminating in an overall lull in hostilities and reduction in violence, which should be consolidated, Mahamat notes. 

The Chairperson also commends the Federal Government of Ethiopia and the TPLF for the steps taken toward a peaceful resolution of the conflict, encouraging both to continue on the path of political dialogue. 

Furthermore, the Chairperson lauds the High Representative for his tireless efforts towards a negotiated solution, while expressing solidarity with the people of Ethiopia in their quest for durable peace and reconciliation.

The international community needs to continue supporting the people of Ethiopia and the ongoing AU-led peace process, he added.

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