Govt Accepts African Union’s Invitation for Peace Talks

ADDIS ABABA – The African Union has made an official invitation for peace talks in bid to end the conflict in northern Ethiopia.

This was confirmed by the Government Communication Service (GCS) in a statement issued on Wednesday.

“The entities leading the African Union peace talks have made an official invitation for peace talks to begin,” revealed the GSC.

Subsequently, the National Security Advisor to the PM Office, Redwan Hussein said the government of Ethiopia has accepted the invitation”.

This “is inline with our principled position regarding the peaceful resolution of the conflict and the need to have talks without preconditions,” said Redwan in a tweet.

The scheduled peace talks, media reports say, between the government and the TPLF will be held in South Africa.

Olusegun Obasanjo, AU’s High Representative for the Horn of Africa, would lead the negotiations with support from ex Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and ex South African deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

“Govt Remains Committed”

The federal government previously expressed that talks should only be mediated by the AU and without any pre-conditions.

“The Government of Ethiopia remains committed to adopting all possible measures to resolve the conflict,” says the statement

The measures will be adopted in “a manner that ensures lasting peace, territorial integrity of the country,” said the GSC, and added it “will continue upholding this commitment.”

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