Ethiopia: the parties to the conflict sign the peace agreement in Pretoria

The four points provided for in the agreement are the cessation of hostilities, total disarmament, the restoration of services, the unhindered access of humanitarian aid and the protection of women and children.

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The parties to the conflict in Ethiopia signed the peace agreement reached at the end of the peace talks that took place in Pretoria, South Africa, with the mediation of the African Union. The agreement was announced by the High Representative of the African Union for the Horn of Africa, and former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, who specified that the four points provided for in the agreement are the cessation of hostilities as soon as possible, total disarmament, the restoration of services, the unhindered access of humanitarian aid and the protection of women and children.

Ethiopia: what the peace agreement signed in Pretoria provides

“Today, two years have passed since the outbreak of the war. The AU persisted in trying to bring peace and 14 months ago appointed me High Representative to promote peace, ”said Obasanjo, recalling visiting Tigré eight times during the two years of conflict. "This is not the end of the peace process, but its beginning," said the envoy.

 Kenyatta: "The peace agreement provides for the resumption of humanitarian access and the reintegration of the Tigray"

The agreement provides for the resumption of humanitarian access and services and the reintegration process of the Tigray region in Ethiopia. This was stated by the former Kenyan president and facilitator of the talks, Uhuru Kenyatta, during the press conference held at the end of the talks mediated by the African Union in Pretoria. “The devil is in the details, but we believe the parties will make it. The deal talks about solving problems as Ethiopians. Neither party will engage in activities harmful to the other. Endf (Ethiopian National Defense Force) will be the only army. Its task is to safeguard the safety and security of the Ethiopians. Much needs to be done, but trust needs to be built. We will help you, ”he added.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister's National Security Advisor Abiy Ahmed and chief Ethiopian negotiator for Tigray, Redwan Hussien he thanked the mediators of the agreement and “our brothers on the other side (Tigrinya)” for the agreement reached. "It is now up to all of us to respect this agreement," he added. During his speech, Obasanjo specified that an agreement will be signed shortly between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray authorities, at the end of the talks held last week in South Africa with the mediation of the AU. "The negotiations have ended today and the Ethiopian government and the Tigray authorities can sign the agreement at any time", said Obasanjo, specifying that the four points provided for in the agreement are the cessation of hostilities as soon as possible, disarmament total, restoration of services, unhindered access to humanitarian aid and the protection of women and children. “Today, two years have passed since the outbreak of the war. The AU persisted in trying to bring peace and 14 months ago appointed me High Representative to promote peace, ”said Obasanjo, recalling visiting Tigré eight times during the two years of conflict. "This is not the end of the peace process, but its beginning," said the envoy.

The Liberation Front of the People of Tigrè (Tplf) will do everything possible to respect the peace agreement with the Ethiopian government and hopes that the other side will do the same. This was stated by the spokesman for the Tplf, Getachew Reda. “We have now signed an agreement. We will leave the past behind us. Making peace proved inevitable. Hundreds of thousands have died. Thousands of fighters and civilians lost their lives. We will do everything possible to expedite this agreement. We hope that our brothers in Addis Ababa will do the same, ”the spokesman said. “This war has been imposed on us. Now that we're here to sign an agreement. I hope both sides respect this agreement, ”he added. “We have made concessions, so we can build on trust. The signature is one thing, the implementation is another. We hope that the monitoring (of the agreement) will be strict, ”Reda said again.

The Foreign Minister of South Africa: "Agreement resulting from dialogue and diplomacy, now it must be implemented"

The peace agreement concluded today in Pretoria between the warring parties in Ethiopia is the fruit of dialogue and diplomacy but it is now necessary for both parties to implement it. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Africa, Naledi Pandora, during the press conference held at the end of the talks mediated by the African Union in Pretoria. "Peacebuilding is a process and it is more difficult than one imagines," said Pandor, calling on the federal government and the Tigray Popular Liberation Front (Tplf) to commit to respecting the four points agreed in the agreement. “I'm the most relieved person in this room. I only accepted after talking to the president (Cyril) Ramaphosa. We humbly ask both sides to fully implement this agreement. It must lead to lasting peace. We will support the AU and the facilitation team, ”he added.

UN Special Envoy: "Ready to support the path to peace"

The international community stands ready to support Ethiopia's path towards peace. This was stated by the United Nations special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Hanna Serwaa Tetteh, during the press conference held at the end of the talks mediated by the African Union in Pretoria. “This is an opportunity to chart a new course. The young men and women who have been mobilized to fight will now have a chance to return to their homes and families, ”she said.

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