The Tigray People’s Liberation Front demands the total withdrawal of Eritrean troops and Amhara state fighters in Ethiopia.
The rebel leadership in the Tigray region in Ethiopia has demanded the total withdrawal of Eritrean troops and fighters from the neighboring Ethiopian state of Amhara before it can hold talks with the federal government on the ceasefire.
The development came in a statement issued Sunday by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the regional authority expelled last year by Ethiopian forces and troops from neighboring Eritrea.
The TPLF returned to the region’s capital, Mekelle, on Monday to cheer on the crowds. His return was followed by a unilateral ceasefire statement by the federal government, a move rejected by TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda as a “joke”.
Sunday’s statement said the TPLF would accept a ceasefire in principle if there were clandestine guarantees of no further invasions, but a number of other conditions would have to be met before any agreement could be formalized.
“The invading forces of Amhara and Eritrea must withdraw from Tigray and return to their pre-war territories,” he said.
Rebel authorities are also calling for “procedures” to demand that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki explain “the damage they have caused”, as well as the creation by the United Nations of an independent investigative body. to investigate “Horrible Crimes” committed during the conflict.
Other conditions are humanitarian, including the distribution of aid and the safe return to Tigray of displaced persons.
There were no immediate comments from the prime minister’s spokeswoman and chairman of the government working group set up to coordinate the security operation in Tigray.
Catherine Soi, of Al Jazeera, informant of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, said one of the less pleasant conditions was the restoration of what Addis Ababa considers the rebel government in Tigray.
“We have no news of the Ethiopian government … it will be difficult to accept some of these demands. For example, legitimizing the TPLF as the Tigray government, the [central] the government will admit defeat, ”he said.
“But some analysts we’ve talked to say that maybe it’s a small window to start a political dialogue.”
The TPLF dominated the central government for decades before Abiy came to power in 2018.
His government has been fighting the TPLF since late last year after accusing it of attacking military bases in Tigray. Thousands of people have been killed.
More than 400,000 people in the region are now facing famine and there is a risk of more clashes in the region despite the unilateral ceasefire by the federal government, the UN warned on Friday.