Talks to end Tigray war start in South Africa


Peace talks aimed at ending the devastating conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region are under way in South Africa, a spokesman for South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has said.

The talks come after Ethiopian forces captured several key cities from Tigrayan forces in a war that a Belgian-led academic team estimates has claimed the lives of between 385,000 and 600,000 civilians because of fighting, famine and lack of health care.

South Africa hoped that the talks would have a “successful outcome that leads to lasting peace”, Mr Ramaphosa’s spokesman said.

The talks would end on 30 October, he added.

The Ethiopian federal government negotiators are led by Redwan Hussein, national security adviser to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and Justice Minister Gedion Timotheos, South Africa’s Daily Maverick news site quoted an unnamed official as saying


The opposing team is headed by Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) spokesman Getachew Reda and veteran military general Tsadkan Gebretensae, Daily Maverick reported.

The talks are being mediated by the African Union and are the first formal ones since war broke out two years ago.


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