The move comes amid reports that Tigray’s former governing party regained control of the regional capital Mekelle.
The Ethiopian government has declared an immediate and unilateral ceasefire in the northern Tigray region after nearly eight months of deadly conflict, amid reports that Tigray’s former ruling party has regained control of Tigray. the regional capital Mekelle.
The statement on the state media ceasefire on Monday came shortly after the federal government-appointed Tigray interim administration fled Mekelle and called for a ceasefire on humanitarian grounds so that aid could be delivered. which he desperately needed.
Ethiopia says the ceasefire will last until the end of the crucial planting season in Tigray. The end of the season comes in September.
“The government has a responsibility to find a political solution to the problem,” said interim administration chief Abraham Belay, who added that some elements of Tigray’s former ruling party are willing to commit to the federal government. .
Meanwhile, the former ruling party in Tigray region, Ethiopia, said Monday it was regaining control of Mekelle and residents reported seeing troops in Tigray regional uniforms in the city for the first time since November.
“Tigray’s capital, Mekelle, is under our control,” Getachew Reda, a spokesman for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), told Reuters news agency by satellite phone.
The Ethiopian prime minister’s spokesman, the head of the government’s emergency working group in Tigray, and the army spokesman did not immediately respond to phone calls and messages seeking comment.
In recent days, the region has experienced some of the fiercest fighting in the conflict.
Thousands have died in fighting as Ethiopian and allied forces chase former Tigray leaders and their supporters, and as humanitarian groups demand more access to the region of 6 million people. Hundreds of thousands of people are facing the worst hunger crisis in the world in a decade.
International pressure on Ethiopia rose again last week after a military airstrike on a busy market in Tigray killed more than 60 people.
More to follow.