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Addressing Humanitarian Crisis and Peace Agreements

Mekelle:  11 February 2024 (Tigray Herald)

By Yearga Yaecobe

Meeting Between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Tigray Interim Administration: Addressing Humanitarian Crisis and Peace Agreements

The recent meeting between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Tigray Interim Administration, led by Getachew Reda, highlights the urgency of addressing the escalating tensions and accusations in Tigray. The focus remains on resolving the ongoing humanitarian crisis and implementing peace agreements. However, concerns arise due to the absence of guarantors and witnesses of the Pretoria peace agreement at the meeting, raising questions about the legitimacy and effectiveness of the discussions. In the absence of key stakeholders, including those essential to the peace process, the evaluation and monitoring of progress are compromised.

Furthermore, discrepancies in reporting, notably the disparity between the government’s claims of no deaths from starvation and contrary reports from regional officials, underscore the critical need for transparent and reliable information dissemination. Disagreements over conducting a referendum for Western Tigray and the persisting drought crisis further strain tensions and impede progress towards sustainable peace and stability.

Moreover, the lack of a comprehensive response from the Tigray Interim Administration regarding the meeting’s outcomes fosters speculation and uncertainty about the way forward. Clarity and open communication are essential for building trust and fostering constructive dialogue between the federal government and regional stakeholders.

It is imperative for the intergovernmental parties to clarify their stance regarding the constitutional order, aiming to restore the pre-war territorial status quo in Tigray fully. The return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) cannot be compromised, necessitating the withdrawal of all non-Endf forces from Tigray’s territories.

Ultimately, the significance of the meeting lies in its potential to address urgent issues and pave the way for peace and reconciliation in Tigray. However, genuine inclusivity, transparency, and commitment from all parties are crucial for navigating the challenges and uncertainties ahead.

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