ADDIS ABABA – The African Union (AU) High Representative for the Horn of Africa, Olusegun Obasanjo, briefed the Union’s Peace and Security Council on the ongoing AU-led peace efforts in Ethiopia.
The briefing on Thursday took place during his visit to Addis Ababa where he also met with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, deputy PM and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen, and members of the recently formed Peace Committee.
The meeting discussed “critical developments and preparations for the upcoming peace talks between the Federal Government of Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)”, the AU said in a statement on Friday.
The statement also disclosed that the High representative and former president of Nigeria Obasanjo briefed the AU Peace and Security Council on the ongoing AU-led peace process in Ethiopia.
After hearing the brief, the Council reiterated their appreciation and support for the work of the High Representative.
The council also called on the AU Member States and the International Community to provide the necessary support to the peace process.
Peace and Security Commissioner Bankole Adeoye expressed the AU’s continued confidence in Obasanjo and the peace process, which resulted in crucial confidence-building measures including improved humanitarian access.
While in Addis Ababa, Obasanjo also convened a meeting with UN, US, EU, and IGAD special envoys to the horn of Africa, according to the AU.
The meeting discussed recent developments. including the outcomes of their recent visit to Mekelle, the planned peace talks as well as modalities for information-sharing.
The participants, AU said, acknowledged the “centrality of having one peace process under the undisputed leadership role of the African Union.”
Featured Image Caption: Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, was appointed as the African Union’s High Representative for the Horn of Africa on August 26, 2021. His task is to work towards achieving lasting peace and stability in the region. [Photo File]