The announcement by the Regional Government of Tigray of its readiness to abide by an immediate cessation of hostilities and a commitment to an AU-led peace process, in line with similar past commitments by the Federal Ethiopian Government, should have opened an opportunity to end hostilities, reach a negotiated permanent ceasefire agreement and engage in direct talks.
However, we have to regret that the two drone airstrikes that hit Mekelle yesterday and earlier today endanger, once again, the very fragile hope for peace in Ethiopia. The blockade of humanitarian aid since the renewed fighting adds to the already huge serious and costly toll on civilian life, economy and development of the country. The role of Eritrea continues to impede ongoing efforts towards peace in Ethiopia.
Peace talks are the only way forward. No time should be lost in making the new Ethiopian year a peaceful one.
The EU encourages both conflict parties to immediately seize this opportunity to end hostilities and reach a negotiated permanent ceasefire agreement. The EU also reiterates its support to the AU-led process and its readiness to actively engage in it, in coordination with international partners.
Source – EEAS