The two year civil war that has devasted much of northern Ethiopia will be halted now because the parties involved have agreed to a cease fire after a peace talk in South Africa. According to VOA, former President of Nigeria, His Excellency, Olusegun obasanjo, who formulated the talks led by the African Union, delivered the news in the South African capital of Pretoria on Wednesday.
Obasanjo congratulated both parties for coming to terms on the cessation of hostilities, disarmament as well as restoring humanitarian access to the country’s northern region. The facilitation of the talks was done by President Obasanjo, former Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former deputy President of South Africa. The process was observed by representatives from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the United Nations and the US.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, speaking on the matter said, “as we’re completing the war in the North with victory, we have to bring peace, development and ensure Ethiopia’s prosperity. So we make those forces that (cause) conflict among Ethiopians from afar feel shame.”