Addis Ababa, 13 September, 2022 / 10:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Following the Ethiopian Cardinal’s call for dialogue and ceasefire after years of violence in the country’s Tigray region, members of the Tigrayan forces have said they are willing to engage in peace talks to be mediated by the African Union (AU).
Tigrayan forces from the Northern region of Ethiopia have “called for an immediate cease-fire”, VOA has reported on Monday, September 12, adding that the forces “would join an African Union-led peace process after three weeks of renewed fighting ended a fragile truce.”
“(T)he Government of Tigray is prepared to participate in a robust peace process under the auspices of the African Union,” VOA has quoted the members of the Tigrayan forces as saying in a Sunday, September 11 statement.
The Tigrayan forces’ call for a truce and their readiness for an AU-led peace process came hours after the Catholic Archbishop of Addis Ababa called for dialogue to end the violence.
In his message on the occasion of the celebration of Ethiopia’s New Year 2015 marked on September 11 Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel is quoted wishing that citizens of the Horn of Africa nation give peace and reconciliation a chance.