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Tigray regional govt accuses Eritrea of spoiling peace agreement

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Tigray regional government today accused Eritrea of undermining peace agreement. The agreement was signed between Ethiopian federal government and Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) on November 2 in Pretoria South Africa.

Tigray regional and Ethiopian federal govt representatives with African Union’s mediators in Pretoria South Africa

In a statement on Saturday, Tigray authorities accused forces of Eritrea of committing atrocities against civilians especially women in parts of Tigray.

” The dictator is not happy with the peace talks process and instead of withdrawing his army from Tigray, he is introducing more units into Tigray territory and committing countless atrocities against our people”, accused Tigray regional government in this statement issued today.

Tigray government further accuses Eritrean soldiers of looting and destruction of Tigray’s properties. Eritrean government has not issued any official statement in response to Tigray’s allegations. Eritrean authorities mostly avoid addressing Tigray’s allegations directly.

The regional government urged United Nations, African Union, US, EU and Ethiopian government to play their part in stopping Eritrean government of President Isaias Afwerki from committing alleged atrocities in Tigray region.

One of the two agreements signed between Tigray authorities and Ethiopian federal government in Nairobi Kenya last week states that all foreign forces will withdraw from Tigray. But the withdrawal of foreign and Ethiopian regional forces from Tigray would be concurrent with the disarmament and demobilization of Tigray fighters. So far neither the disarming of Tigray fighters nor the withdrawal of Eritrean army from Tigray has begun.

The armed conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia between TPLF & Ethiopian federal government started in November 2020. Eritrean military has been intervening since then in support of Ethiopian federal government. Read more…

Though the two agreements signed in Pretoria and Nairobi this month between Ethiopian federal authorities and Tigray leaders have resulted in cessation of hostilities. But several issues are still unresolved.