Govt Ready for AU-led Peace Talks, Demeke told Diplomats

ADDIS ABABA – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen on Friday briefed Addis Ababa-based diplomats about current developments related to the conflict in northern Ethiopia.

The Minister told the diplomats that Ethiopia is ready for peace negotiations scheduled for next week as government has been saying it is readiness to go anywhere and anytime to resolve the conflict peacefully.

The African Union-led peace talks between the government and the rebel group, TPLF, is scheduled to be held in South Africa on Monday.

During Friday’s briefing, the foreign minister also expressed Government’s commitment and preparations to provide humanitarian support to the people in the liberated areas of the Tigray region.

The Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) is making steady progress to restore constitutional order in the Tigray region, said Demeke.

ENDF is giving priority to securing airports and other federal installations, which enables the Government to preposition the delivery of aid to people in the Tigray region, he added.

The Deputy PM extended his gratitude to African countries and principled friends in the UN Security Council and the UN Human Rights Council for supporting Ethiopia during its challenging times.