Deputy PM Demeke Holds Talks with U.S. Special Envoy Mike Hammer

ADDIS ABABA – The federal government woud remain committed to the African Union-led peace initiative to bring peace in northern Ethiopia, said Deputy Prime Minister and Foregn Minister Demeke Mekonnen.

Demeke said this today during his meeting with the US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Mike Hammer, who arrived in Addis Ababa from his visit to Egypt and the UAE.

Demeke briefed Hammer about the steps the government has been undertaking to ensure lasting peace in Ethiopia, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) statement.

These measures that the Minister mentioned include the declaration of the Unilateral Humanitarian Ceasefire, the creation of unfettered access to humanitarians, and accountability measures taken to redress wrongs.

Foreign minister Demke also said the federal government would also remain committed to supporting the AU-led peace initiative, which was demonstrated by the appointment of a negotiating team.

At a time when the government is showing its commitment to the peace talks, the TPLF’s wavering commitment to peace is threatening the AU-led peace process, Demeke said urging the international community should put the necessary pressure on the group, reads MoFA’s statement.

Regarding the tripartite negotiation of the GERD, Deputy PM Demeke expressed Ethiopia’s principled stance to reach amicable solutions.

The US Special Envoy, on his part, lauded the government’s measures to bring lasting peace and the encouraging results in facilitating unhindered access to humanitarian operators in conflict-affected areas, according to the MoFA.