Since the appointment of the AU High Representative for the Horn of Africa, H.E Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat as part of the African Union’s drive to promote peace, security, stability and political dialogue across the Horn of Africa region, formidable efforts in promoting durable peace and political dialogue in Ethiopia and across the region have been made.
The Declaration of an indefinite Humanitarian Truce by the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, on 24 March, is an effort to expedite the provision of much needed humanitarian aid to people in need in the Tigray region. The Regional Government of Tigray committed to observe the said humanitarian truce, and also welcomed the declaration of an immediate cessation of hostilities.
The declaration is accompanied by recent developments in the country including the establishment of the National Dialogue Commission, coupled with the promulgation of the necessary legislation; the release of prisoners; humanitarian access; and the general improvement in goodwill and commitment to dialogue to address the challenges facing the country with the facilitation of the AU.
The Chairperson urged Mr. Obasanjo to continue his strong efforts in working closely with the parties and stakeholders towards the swift resolution of the conflict, and reiterated the AU’s call for a permanent, comprehensive and unconditional ceasefire, with cessation of hostilities, and political solution through nationwide dialogue and a reconciliation process.