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Tigray faces diplomatic setbacks amid talks on Implementation of Pretoria deal

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In recent days, the diplomatic landscape surrounding the Tigray region of Ethiopia has been fraught with tension and uncertainty. High-level talks held in Addis Ababa involving representatives from Tigray, the federal government, and international mediators have shed light on the complexities of the situation. Let’s delve into the details of what transpired during these discussions and what it means for the region’s future.

Overview of the Talks

The talks, held in Addis Ababa, were convened at the request of the Tigray side, which accused the federal government of failing to implement the Pretoria Agreement. This agreement, aimed at resolving the conflict in Tigray, has been a point of contention between the two parties.

Key Players and Statements

Representatives from various international bodies, including the African Union, the European Union, the United States, and others, were present at the talks. However, the statements issued by each party differed significantly. The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) expressed grievances about the presence of Eritrean and Amhara forces in Tigray, among other concerns. Meanwhile, international mediators emphasized the need for continued dialogue and implementation of the Pretoria Agreement.

Diverging Perspectives

One notable development is Tigray’s rejection of the Algiers Agreement and its call for the establishment of a new boundary commission. This shift in position has led to silence from international mediators on key issues such as the presence of foreign forces in Tigray.

Criticism and Concerns

Criticism has emerged from pro-TPLF voices regarding the perceived lack of support from international allies, particularly the United States. Additionally, reports suggest that the federal government remains skeptical of Tigray’s claims about foreign military presence in the region.

Implications and Future Outlook

The outcome of the talks underscores the ongoing tensions between Tigray and the federal government. While some de-escalation may have occurred, a long-term strategic partnership seems unlikely at this juncture. Tigray may now focus on lobbying for international support for its stance on border demarcation and other key issues.


The recent talks in Addis Ababa shed light on the complex diplomatic dynamics at play in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. As the situation continues to evolve, it remains imperative for all stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue and seek peaceful solutions to the ongoing conflict.

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