The main obstacle to any negotiation between Addis Ababa and Mekele is the strong stands of Asmara, a source tells Eritrean Press.
The frustrated TPLF top brass (pictured) are furious that the Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki still ignoring their plea to grant them a meeting and “restore the good relationship” Asmara and Mekelle had between 1991-97.
The source says part of the anger stems from Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s frequent shuttle travel to Asmara and Isaias regular visit to Ethiopia’s power base 4 Kilo.
“Abiy didn’t give TPLF the same attention, so every time the Ethiopian PM travelled to Asmara it irritated them and demanded either they speak to Isaias as well or Abiy must end relationship and communication with Eritrea,” says our source.
Abiy received the Nobel Peace prize in 2019 for his work in re-establishing diplomatic ties with Eritrea, which had not had normal relations when TPLF was in power.