The African Union extends the mission of its envoy for peace in Ethiopia

The African Union extends the mission of its envoy for peace in Ethiopia

The African Union (AU) Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa and former Nigerien President, Olusegun Obasanjo.

The African Union announced on Saturday that it has extended the mandate of special envoy to the Horn of Africa, Olusegun Obasanjo, to continue peace efforts in Ethiopia as fighting resumes in the Middle East. end of August.

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 .

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, Moussa Faki Mahamat said on Twitter, 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 the resumption of fighting in northern Ethiopia last month broke 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) denounced the closeness of Obasanjo, former Nigerian president, with the Ethiopian leader.

Mr. Faki also met with the new US envoy for the Horn of Africa, Mike Hammer, visiting Addis Ababa in recent days. They agreed on the need for international partners to support the AU-led process with the parties to end the conflict in Ethiopia, he said.

Fighting broke out on several fronts in northern Ethiopia, raising international concern and halting the delivery of humanitarian aid to Ethiopia. Tiger.

A World Food Program (WFP) truck transporting grain to Tigray is engulfed in flames in June 2022.

TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael earlier this week offered a conditional truce in a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

According to him, the truce depends in particular on unhindered humanitarian access and the return of essential services in the Tigray region, affected by serious 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 TPLF request.

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