Govt Forms Negotiation Team to Bring Peace in Northern Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The federal government of Ethiopia has formed a team to negotiate peace talks in a bid to resolve the conflict in northern Ethiopia.

The formation of the negotiation team comes after Ethiopia’s ruling Prosperity Party (PP) passed a resolution to bring peace to the northern part of the country.

The decision has raised hopes that the 18-month-long between the federal government and Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) can be brought to an end through dialogue.

The federal government has put Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, Demeke Mekonnen, in charge of its negotiation team.

The high-level negotiation team also has Gedion Timotheos, Temesgen Tiruneh, Ambassador Hassen Abdulkadir, Ambassador Redwan Hussien, Lt.-Gen Birhanu Bekele, and Getachew Jenber as its members.

The date and venue for the possible peace negotiations have not been set yet. But Justice Minister Gedion said earlier today that any outcome of the peace process should be within the bounds of three principles.

These principles are respect for the constitutional order, respect for fundamental national interest, and the role of the African Union as the facilitator of the process, according to the Minister.

The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, earlier this month commended the commitment of the parties involved in the northern Ethiopian conflict for the steps taken toward a peaceful resolution of the war, encouraging both to continue on the path of political dialogue.

Featured Image Caption: Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, Demeke Mekonnen, put in charge of the negotiation team [Photo File]

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