Ethiopia PM meets AU envoys but bars them from Tigray

Source: BBC

Ethiopia PM meets AU envoys but bars them from Tigray

Kalkidan Yibeltal

BBC News, Addis Ababa

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has met an African Union mission that arrived in Addis Ababa to try to mediate between his government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) after more than three weeks of military conflict.

Mr Abiy previously branded international efforts to bring the two parties to the table as “unwelcome”, and the AU mission will not be allowed to meet Tigray officials.

After Friday’s meeting with three special AU envoys, Mr Abiy said in a statement that his government was seeking to ensure the protection of civilians, it was opening a humanitarian corridor, and it will welcome back Ethiopian refugees who fled into Sudan.

However, the prime minister said his government would continue its efforts against what it calls the “TPLF clique”.

The AU envoys – ex-presidents Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Kgalema Motlanthe of South Africa – will not be allowed to travel to Tigray, the government has already said.

Ethiopia’s presidency has thanked the “esteemed African elders” for their “readiness to support”. But it’s not clear how the envoys can accomplish their mission without meeting both sides.

4 comments

  1. What the AU capable to do is chat with the dictators in addis and watch while civilian slaughtered. Genocide is brewing in Tigray and Ethnic profiling is underprogress elsewhere.

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