In an effort to bring an end to the over two-year-long civil war that has been raging in Ethiopia, President Sahle-Work Zewde has reaffirmed her appeals for dialogue and other forms of peaceful conflict resolution. On Monday, as Zewde was speaking to the Ethiopian Parliament on the budget for the coming financial year, she made the recommendation.
“The government has made it quite clear that it will never close the door on the possibility of peace. “We maintain our call for negotiations to take place without any preconditions because we believe that discussions may successfully address any and all types of disagreements,” says Zewde.
She did, however, also state that the Ethiopian government will not allow any provocation on the part of the TPLF at this time. The comments made by President Zewde come at a time when the long-awaited African Union-mediated peace negotiations that were scheduled to take place in South Africa have been postponed without a new date being announced. The warring parties in the conflict that has been going on in Tigray for the past two years were supposed to get together for the first time since a truce fell apart in late August.
“The war that has put our country to the test must come to an end this year, and we must give it our best to do it,” the president said. Since it began in November of 2020, there are no figures that have been confirmed to indicate how many people the war has caused to perish as a result of hunger and illnesses related to it. However, several investigations and estimates, including this one from a group of researchers led by Jan Nyssen of Ghent University in Belgium, have found that the death toll was likely at least 500,000.
The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a political organization that has dominated the northern area for decades, and the forces of the Ethiopian central government began their fight in November of 2020.