Cautious optimism ahead of Ethiopia-Tigray peace talks
08 October 2022 | 10:29 am
Analysts have welcomed peace talks in South Africa between regional leaders of Ethiopia's Tigray region and the federal government but say both sides must get serious this time amid a war that has killed thousands.
Hundreds of civilians have reportedly been killed in what appears to be an ethnically motivated attack. Witnesses, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, reported at least 260 deaths.
Ethopian entrepreneur Kidist Tesfaye challenges pollution by producing ecofriendly bags out of paper and fabrics.
The Ethiopian and Sudanese leaders met on the sidelines of a regional conference to discuss the long-running, often violent, clashes at their border.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has opened the door to the possibility of peace talks with Tigrayan rebels. Tensions remain high after both sides accused each other of atrocities. One scene of violence has been Abala, a town on the regional border between Tigray and Afar.
Ethiopia's Gudaf Tsegay finished first in the 5,000 meters at the World Championships late on Saturday, in an event that saw a fan run onto the field carrying what appeared to be a Tigray flag.
Lavrov has sought to offer Moscow's support to Addis Ababa amid Western pressure. He has also again blamed Western sanctions for an ongoing food crisis, which has heavily impacted Africa.
Gustavo Petro, Colombia's newly elected president, hopes to end nearly 60 years of conflict. Petro himself is a former member of the M-19 insurgency.
Even with humanitarian convoys allowed to enter Tigray, rates of malnutrition have skyrocketed, according to the World Food Program. The UN officials warned that the situation is likely to get worse.
Rebels in Tigray said the government in Addis Ababa has launched a "large-scale offensive." The claims could not be independently verified as the Tigray region is under a communications blackout.
Security analysts say strong global action is needed after fighting resumed in northern Ethiopia between government forces and Tigray rebels — scuppering a truce and dimming hopes for peace.
UNICEF on Saturday condemned an air strike in Ethiopia's Tigray region that allegedly hit a kindergarten, killing at least two children.
The renewed flareup of armed conflict in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region has dashed hopes of the first steps toward peace negotiations. Both sides seem set on a military solution, with dire consequences for civilians.
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