Tigrayan forces say they are ready to accept an African Union-led peace process with the Ethiopian government

“We are ready to commit to an immediate and mutually agreed cessation of fighting in order to create a favorable climate,” the Tigray People’s Liberation Front said in a statement. statement.

The statement added that the Tigray negotiating team, including Getachew Reda, a spokesman for the Tigray Liberation Front, and General Tsadkan Gebritensai “is ready to deploy without delay.”

The Ethiopian government set up a committee in June to negotiate with forces from the Tigray region.

Legacy Tulu could not be reached for comment.

African Union President Moussa Faki Mahamat said in a statement that the African Union welcomed the announcement of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, describing it as a “unique opportunity to restore peace” in Ethiopia. statement late on Sunday.

The Tigray Liberation Front had previously expressed significant concerns about the AU mediation and demanded the government restore key services such as banking and telecommunications to Tigray before any talks could take place. However, the federal government insisted that there should be no preconditions before the African Union intervened.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement that the United Nations also welcomed this development and is ready to support the African Union-led peace process. statement.

Dujarric said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on “all parties to seize this opportunity for peace and take steps to end violence once and for all and opt for dialogue.”

Military hostilities between Ethiopian government forces and Tigrayan forces resumed last month after a months-long ceasefire.

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