ADDIS ABABA – Government officials held discussion to initate the process of implemening the peace deal with TPLF as the world reacts to the signing of the cessation of hostilities.
The federal government and the Tigray Peoples’ Liberation Front (TPLF) reached a permanent peace agreement to end the two-year fighting in northern Ethiopia after a 10-day long peace talks in South Africa.
The team, who the government side in the African Union-led talks, has today briefed the federal and regional government officials about the peace process and the agreement.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who presided over our briefing, “gave stricter directions to focus on the dividends of peace,” said his National Security Advisor Redwan Hussien.
“(He also) set up various teams to expedite efforts of rehabilitation, reconstruction, public & diplomatic engagements,” Redwan said. “No room for dissension & detraction.”
Prior to the briefing, Redwan shared the signed final agreement on social media after a leaked draft copy circulated.
“The agreement was made after multiple back & forth, open and & close, larger & small group debates,” he explained.
“Hence there were several drafts from both sides. Some being circulated maybe earlier versions which may give the wrong impression.”
– Reactions Pour in –
The African Union launched the peace talks between the government and TPLF on 25 October 2022, seeking to secure a Cessation of Hostilities Agreement between the parties, and pave the way for restoring peace, security, and stability in the Tigray Region.
Led by the AU envoy for the Horn of Africa and former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, together with the AU High-Level Panel, the peace process concluded on Wednesday with the signing of the Cessation of Hostilities agreement.
AUC Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat commended both parties for signing the permanent peace agreement.
“The African Union is committed to continue supporting the Parties to find lasting peace & reconciliation for all Ethiopians,” the chairperson said in a tweet.
– ‘PM expresses Gratitude –
Prime minister Abiy called the peace accord “monumental in moving Ethiopia forward on the path of the reforms we embarked upon four and half years ago.”
“Our commitment to peace remains steadfast,” he said. “And our commitment to collaborating for the implementation of the agreement is equally strong”.
The PM expressed his gratitude to the AUC and its chair, as well as the High-level panel, for spearheading the AU’s principled position of “African Solutions to African Problems”.
– ‘Peace Is Irreplaceable Treasure’ –
His Holiness Abune Mathias I, Patriarch of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo church extended a congratulatory message regarding the agreement reached between the Federal Government and TPLF on Wednesday.
“Since Ethiopia belongs to the Ethiopians, we should protect it, resolve our disagreements through dialogue, put our words into reality, and implement reconciliation.”
The patriarch stated that peace is the irreplaceable treasure of mankind and a single eye for this world, reported the church’s TV.
EHRC Call for effective implementation
The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) welcomed the signing of the agreement and urged concerned parties to support all efforts towards the full and effective implementation of the Agreement for Lasting Peace and Cessation of Hostilities and to support all civilians in affected regions
EHRC commended the agreement reached by the parties to adopt a Transitional Justice Policy Framework to ensure accountability, truth, reconciliation, and healing.
Italy: “Commendable step”
Italy’s Foreign Ministry also issued a statement saying its government “favorably welcomes the important” agreement on the cessation of hostilities.
“This is a commendable step by all actors involved in the African Union-led talks,” it said. “The implementation of the agreement is now crucial. Italy stands ready to help achieve lasting peace in the country.”
– U.S. ‘to support implementation’ –
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed the “momentous step taken” in Pretoria where the peace agreement was signed.
“We commend the parties for taking this initial step to agree to end the fighting and continue dialogue to resolve outstanding issues to consolidate peace and bring an end to almost two years of conflict.”
He said the US remains “a committed partner to this AU-led process” as well as regional and international partners to support the implementation of the agreement.
UAE: deal ‘fulfills the aspirations’
The UAE welcomed the announcement of the peace agreement, stressing that this agreement fulfills the aspirations of the Ethiopian people for development and prosperity and strengthens the country’s unity.
In a statement Friday, UAE’s Foreign Ministry stressed the importance of the agreement’s terms to facilitate access to humanitarian and relief supplies, wishing that the implementation of the agreement will further achieve stability, development, and growth for the country and its people.
Japan: ‘an initial step towards peace‘
Japan’s Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa welcomed the peace agreement, saying it is “an initial step towards peace and stability in Ethiopia and its surrounding countries.
“It is necessary that all parties concerned will faithfully implement the agreement, and Japan will continue to work with other countries towards the peace and stability in Ethiopia and its surrounding countries,” said Hayashi on Friday.
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