Ethiopia gov’t outlines terms for possible Tigray ceasefire talks


Ethiopia gov’t outlines terms for possible Tigray ceasefire talks

Foreign ministry spokesperson says Tigrayan forces should exit Amhara and Afar regions, stop attacks and recognise gov’t legitimacy.

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Dina Mufti emphasised that no decision had been made to enter into negotiations
The Ethiopian government has set out conditions for possible ceasefire talks with leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), following days of international diplomatic efforts aimed at halting intensifying hostilities.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has been locked in a year-long war with fighters from the northern Tigray region who have pushed south in recent months and have not ruled out a possible march on the capital, Addis Ababa.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Dina Mufti told reporters on Thursday that one of the conditions for possible talks – which he stressed have not been agreed to – would be for the TPLF to withdraw from the Amhara and Afar regions bordering Tigray.

“In order for there to be a peaceful solution, they say it takes two to tango,” Dina said.

“There are conditions: First, stop your attacks. Secondly, leave the areas you have entered [Amhara and Afar]. Third, recognise the legitimacy of this government,” he said.

“By the way, don’t misunderstand, it’s not being said a decision has been made to enter into negotiations,” he added.

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