Ethiopia: Abiy says body formed to negotiate with Tigray forces

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says his government has formed a committee to negotiate with the northern Tigray region’s forces. Fighting erupted in Tigray in November 2020 and spilled over into the neighbouring regions of Afar and Amhara last year, but it has eased since the federal government declared a unilateral humanitarian ceasefire in March. … The war between the national government forces and its allies, and those loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has upset government plans to modernise the economy and has deterred some foreign investors. But more importantly, the conflict has also driven hundreds of thousands of people to the brink of famine, more than two million people have been displaced. Nearly nine million people have been left in need of food aid, according to the United Nations.” (06/14/22)