Ethiopia Sets up Team For Tigray Peace Talks to End 19-Month Civil War

The government in Ethiopia says it has set up a seven-member committee to hold peace talks with Tigrayan forces in a bid to end the 19-month civil war.

It is to be chaired by the country’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Demeke Mekonen.

Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Demeke Mekonnen

Ethiopia’s Justice Minister Gediwon Timothios – who is also a member of the committee – said the governing party would only agree to the African Union leading the peace process.

This is a potential stumbling block for negotiations as Tigrayan forces have criticised the AU’s efforts and have said they want President Uhuru Kenyatta to mediate.

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