This decision comes despite the Tigrayan rebels’ rejection of Obasanjo’s mediation aimed at ending the war that has pitted them against government forces since the end of 2020.
parties and international actors to work for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and the region”,”text”:”I reiterated my full confidence in him and encouraged him to continue his engagement with both parties and international actors to work for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and the region”}}”>I reiterated my full confidence in him and encouraged him to continue his commitment to both parties and international actors to work for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the region.said on Twitter Moussa Faki Mahamat, head of the African Union Commission, after his meeting with Mr. Obasanjo.
Several diplomatic efforts are underway to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict after renewed fighting in northern Ethiopia last month shattered a truce established in March.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has insisted that any talks with the rebels must be conducted under the auspices of the African Union, headquartered in Addis Ababa.
But the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) for its part denounced the
proximity of Obasanjo, former Nigerian President, with the Ethiopian leader.
Mr. Faki also met the new American envoy for the Horn of Africa, Mike Hammer, visiting Addis Ababa in recent days. They have
agreed on the need for international partners to support the AU-led process with the parties to end the conflict in Ethiopiahe specified.
Fighting broke out on several fronts in northern Ethiopia, raising international concern and halting the delivery of humanitarian aid to Tigray.
The leader of TPLFDebretsion Gebremichael, earlier this week offered a conditional truce in a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
According to him, the truce depends in particular
unimpeded humanitarian access and the return of essential services in the Tigray region, affected by severe food shortages and deprived of electricity, communications and banking services.
Mr. Debretsion also called for the withdrawal of Eritrean forces from all Ethiopian territory and Tigray. The Ethiopian government has not publicly commented on the request of the TPLF.