Ethiopia combatants sign deal to start implementing truce


Getachew Reda, spokesman for the Tigray authorities talks to other officials at the meeting on the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement between the government of Ethiopia and the forces from Tigray, in Nairobi, Kenya November 12, 2022. [Reuters | Thomas Mukoya]

The Ethiopian government and Tigrayan forces on Saturday signed an agreement laying out the roadmap for implementation of a peace deal that both sides reached in South Africa this month.


Representatives from the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) have been meeting in Nairobi since Monday to reach agreement on various aspects related to the implementation of the peace pact signed in Pretoria.

Tsadkan Gebretensae, a top general in the Tigray delegation talks to Getachew Reda, spokesman for the Tigray authorities and Redwan Hussein, National Security Adviser to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed at the meeting on the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement between the government of Ethiopia and the forces from Tigray, in Nairobi, Kenya November 12, 2022. [Reuters | Thomas Mukoya]

Saturday's declaration is expected to boost efforts by the African Union mediators to resolve a two-year conflict that has killed thousands and displaced millions in the Horn of Africa country.


It will facilitate unhindered humanitarian access, provide security guarantees to aid workers, ensure the protection of civilians and establish a joint committee to oversee implementation, mediators said.


The deal will be put into effect "immediately", mediator Olusegun Obasanjo told a news conference before the signing.