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World Ethiopia: The new American special envoy calls for progress in peace talks

06:10  31 july  2022
06:10  31 july  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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Des combattants des forces rebelles du Tigré en Éthiopie, juin 2021. © AFP - Yasuyoshi Chiba of the Tiger Rebel Combatants in Ethiopia, June 2021.

Mike Hammer, the new Special American Envoy From Africa, has been in Ethiopia since Friday. Objective of this trip, according to the United States Embassy at Addis Abeba: "Press efforts to lasting peace between the government and the rebel authorities in the Tiger region".

Yesterday, after an interview with Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Ethiopian Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs, the American diplomat called for progress in peace talks.

On his Twitter account, the United States Embassy in Addis Ababa explains that Mike Hammer and Demeke Mekonnen have discussed "the need to continue progress to ensure the unhindered supply of humanitarian aid, responsibility in responsibility human rights and political talks to end the conflict and reach lasting peace ”.

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The Government and Tigerian rebels have repeated in recent weeks, to be disposed to open up peace negotiations. But they oppose the identity of the mediator. The federal authorities argue for talks sponsored by the African Union, which the rebel authorities do not want to speak. Addis Ababa also wants these discussions to start "without precondition" while the Tigrean rebels are requesting before any negotiation the restoration of essential services such as electricity or telecommunications of which they have been deprived for a year. Mike Hammer must now meet officials from political parties and civil society.

Yesterday, the American diplomat spoke with the members of the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia. According to the United States Embassy in Addis Ababa, he wanted to know more about this week's discussions between the said commission and the government about surveys concerning human rights violations.

Ethiopia 'dismayed' over US, EU envoys' Tigray stance .
The Ethiopian government has chastised EU and US envoys who visited the war-stricken region of Tigray, accusing them of siding with the rebels' stance on peace talks and aid. The war erupted in November 2020 when Abiy ordered troops into Tigray to topple the TPLF, accusing the rebels of attacking federal army camps. Tigray, the northernmost region of Ethiopia, has suffered food shortages and access to basic services such as electricity, communications and banking has been limited.

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