Addis Ababa, 19 July 2022 (TDI): The Tigray’s People Liberation Front (TPLF) has set up a committee to discuss the prospects of peace with Ethiopia.

The two have been wrangling over the mediator of the peace talks. TPLF has favored Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta whilst Ethiopia prefers the AU mediator, Nigerian Olusegun Obasanjo.

TPLF-Ethiopia Conflict

Northern Ethiopia has been beset by conflict since November 2020 when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops into Tigray after accusing the ruling TPLF of attacks on federal army camps.

Due to the fighting between forces loyal to Abiy and the TPLF and their allies, thousands of people and several million others have been killed and displaced from their homes.

Fighting has virtually ceased in the region since a “humanitarian truce” was decreed in March. However, the humanitarian situation is appalling in the landlocked region, which lacks many essential services (electricity, telecommunications, banks, fuel).

In the recent development, a seven-member peace committee tasked by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia will lead peace talks with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

Sub-committees are also formed and responsibilities are divided within this structure. However, the timeline of occurrence is not announced as well as frameworks for peace.

In the humanitarian truce, the withdrawal of Tigray rebels from Afar was a condition set by the Ethiopian government to allow the movement of humanitarian aid into the war-torn region.

The relations between the two are still sour. TPLF has also accused Ethiopian key advisors in negotiation as anti-TPLF and genocidal.