Ethiopia’s Rebel Forces TPLF Set for Disarmament

Ethiopia's Rebel Forces TPLF Set for Disarmament (News Central TV)
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gestures at the House of Peoples Representatives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on November 30, 2020 to respond to the Parliament on the current conflict between Ethiopian National Defence Forces and the leaders of the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF). – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on November 30, 2020 Tigray region’s dissident leaders had fled west of the regional capital after weeks of fighting, but said federal forces were monitoring them closely and would “attack” them soon. Abiy, winner of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize, this month ordered military operations against leaders of Tigray’s ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), in response to what he said were TPLF-organised attacks on Ethiopian federal army camps. (Photo by Amanuel Sileshi / AFP) (Photo by AMANUEL SILESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Following talks between top Brass of the Ethiopian army and TPLF commanders, the Ethiopian ambassador to Kenya has said that the rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) will surrender its heavy weapons on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

In his announcement, Ambassador Bacha Debele stated: “Regarding the surrender of heavy weapons, they (TPLF) were supposed to surrender them on 17 November, but this was not implemented but it has now been decided for them to surrender them on 3 December.”

 Ethiopia's Rebel Forces TPLF Set for Disarmament  (News Central TV)

Bacha added that the field commanders are “meeting every day” to deliberate on the modalities for disarmament and TPLF combatants are being assembled in designated areas.

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“Information I obtained today indicates that activities have begun to assemble [TPLF combatants] in designated areas. They are implementing this [disarmament process],” he added.

Ambassador Bacha also said it would be embarrassing to discuss the human cost of the war in public.

In November, the Ethiopian government and the TPLF signed a peace deal in South Africa to peacefully bring the two-year war, to an end.


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