After the head of the African Union called for an immediate ceasefire in the Ethiopian region of Tigray, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front announces its commitment to the ceasefire.
Ethiopia’s Tigray People’s Liberation Front announced on Sunday its commitment to a ceasefire, after the African Union called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and the start of peace talks, to end nearly two years of war in the country.
The front said in a statement: “We are ready to commit to an immediate cessation for hostilitiesWe also call on the international community to compel the Eritrean army to withdraw from Tigray, take practical steps towards an immediate cessation of hostilities, and pressure the Ethiopian government to come to the negotiating table.”
Earlier in the day, he called President of the African Union In an official statement to an immediate ceasefire in the Ethiopian region of Tigray, he urged the parties to the two-year conflict to agree to direct peace talks.
Statement of the AU Commission Chairperson @AUC_MoussaFaki on #Ethiopia : https://t.co/7sB9FEgEMD pic.twitter.com/pSWddSP05Q
— African Union (@_AfricanUnion) October 16, 2022
USAID Chief of Staff Samantha Power also joined the call for a halt to the joint offensive by the Ethiopian Federal Forces and the Eritrean Defense Forces.
“With up to a million people teetering on the brink of famine, we urge all parties…to agree to a ceasefire, call for safe and unimpeded humanitarian access and the withdrawal of the Ethiopian Defense Forces from Ethiopia,” Power wrote on Twitter.
The conflict has displaced millions of people, and camps for displaced Ethiopians have also fallen under attack. If the ENDF and EDF take control of these camps during this offensive, there is significant risk of further assaults and killings being perpetrated against civilians.
— Samantha Power (@PowerUSAID) October 16, 2022
The Ethiopian government and its allies have been fighting the Tigray Liberation Forces intermittently since late 2020, violence has killed thousands of civilians and displaced millions, and hundreds of thousands are currently facing potential famine.