Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who final yr gained the Nobel Peace Prize after reaching a pact with Eritrea and helped lead mediation efforts to curb violence in Sudan, has rejected the African Union’s try to mediate talks between his personal authorities and Tigray, a rebel-held northern Ethiopia area, Reuters reports.
Abiy reportedly plans to start peace talks solely after the federal government’s forces seize leaders of the Tigray Individuals’s Liberation Entrance. Till then, the military will reportedly continue its march towards Tigray’s capital metropolis, Mekelle, which it says it should attain quickly.
The combating broke out earlier this month and has more and more intensified. Tons of of persons are estimated to have died within the battle, and greater than 30,000 refugees have fled to Sudan for the reason that battle started, with maybe 200,000 extra presumably crossing the border earlier than too lengthy, per Reuters. The United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugee consultant in Ethiopia, Ann Econtre, said she was “deeply involved in regards to the worsening humanitarian state of affairs in Tigray, which is compounded by the dearth of entry and our present incapacity to usher in meals and provides to these in want.” Learn extra at Reuters and Al Jazeera.
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