The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat welcomed the commitment of the Ethiopian government and Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) rebels to peace efforts.
In a press statement issued Thursday evening, the chairperson said he welcomed the two parties’ commitment to the restoration of peace and stability in the east African country, following the invitation to the AU-led peace talks due to start soon in South Africa.
“The Chairperson wishes to inform that the peace talks will be conducted through a high level panel of eminent Africans, established purposefully for the Ethiopian peace process,” the statement said.
“While noting the overriding imperative for peace in the African continent, the Chairperson reposes full confidence in the vast experience and leadership capacity of the distinguished panel members to ensure constructive engagements and dialogue between the parties,” the statement said.
Faki also called on parties to give peace a chance in the interest of all Ethiopian people and the broader Horn of Africa region.
On Wednesday, both the Ethiopian government and the TPLF formally accepted an invitation for AU-led peace talks planned to be held later this month. Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous nation, has seen a devastating conflict between government-allied troops and forces loyal to the TPLF since November 2020, which has left millions in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.