The African Union said on Friday that the peace talks to resolve the ongoing conflicts in Ethiopia will start on Monday in South Africa after promises made by the Ethiopian government and Tigray officials who said they will participate in the meeting.
Dalka Times:The Ethiopian government and its allies, including the Eritrean military, have been fighting the TPLF group in northern Ethiopia since late 2020. Thousands have died in these wars; millions have been displaced; and hundreds of thousands more are on the brink of widespread famine.
The Security and Peace Council of the African Union said on Friday that it welcomed “commitments from both sides to actively participate in the peace process”.
Redwan Hussein, the national security adviser to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, said that the government will participate in the talks led by the African Union, which will take place on October 24.
Kindeya Gebrehiwot, the spokesman for the Tigray army, did not immediately respond to this issue.
Peace talks are set to begin just days after Ethiopian troops and their allies took over three major cities in the Tigray region.
Tigrai TV, a media outlet controlled by the Tigray government, said on Friday that Tigray forces had released more than 9,000 prisoners of war from Eritrea and Ethiopia, including 500 women.