AU chairperson welcomes Ethiopia’s ceasefire in conflict-hit Tigray region

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ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - FEBRUARY 11: African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat attends the closing session of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit held at African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on February 11, 2019. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Tuesday welcomed the Ethiopian government’s unilateral humanitarian ceasefire in the conflict-hit Tigray region.

The chairperson of the 55-member pan-African bloc described the move as a right step towards the resolution of the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray.

On Monday, the Ethiopian government announced a unilateral ceasefire in the country’s conflict-affected northernmost Tigray regional state.

The government said the move followed a request by the Tigray regional state interim administration that was assigned by the federal government after the ousted of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which used to rule the region.

The unilateral ceasefire is said to facilitate humanitarian assistance, peaceful livelihood in the region as well as agriculture activities amid the approaching rainy season.

Mahamat further called on the Ethiopian authorities to work towards a comprehensive and all-encompassing permanent ceasefire to pave the way for sustainable peace in the Tigray region.

Mahamat “calls for the end to all hostilities, and calls on all parties to uphold their responsibilities under international law to protect civilians and guarantee safe access for humanitarian actors to render crucial services to the affected populations in the region.”

He urged a political solution to the conflict in the Tigray region, as he reaffirmed the continued readiness of the African Union (AU) to support all Ethiopian efforts in the pursuit of peace and stability in the country.

Since the early hours of Nov. 4, the Ethiopian government has been undertaking military operations against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which used to rule Ethiopia’s northernmost Tigray regional state.

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